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Lieberman opposes trigger, too

Earlier today, Joe Lieberman was asked whether there was any "wiggle room" in his pledge to filibuster a bill that includes a public option. What about a trigger, the reporter suggested. "I don't feel like wiggling," Lieberman replied.

On the one hand, this says a lot about Lieberman's sudden rigidity on this issue. On the other, it also says a fair amount about the trigger compromise, which doesn't appear to satisfy people who want a public option and doesn't appear to satisfy people who don't want a public option.

By Ezra Klein  |  November 10, 2009; 5:47 PM ET
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But if the trigger brought in Snowe, Nelson, et. al... who needs Joe?

Posted by: redgrimes | November 10, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't recognize how ineffectual they appear to voters when they let this guy's taunts go unanswered.

Posted by: bmull | November 10, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

In 2001 Olympia Snowe gutted the tax bill by insisting on phase-ins as the price of her vote to get to 51. Tax cut opponents were furious the bill had passed and tax cut supporters were furious the stimulitive effect was neutered by the phase-in provisions. Today, she is insisting on triggers as the price of her vote for health care reform. Opponents will be furious when the bill passes and proponents will be furious it was neutered.

Can we get some bipartisan support for giving Maine to Canada?

Posted by: WoodbridgeVa1 | November 10, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

And if the bill didn't even have a trigger, then Lieberman would vote for cloture, right? Right?? Reconciliation please....

Posted by: redwards95 | November 11, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Reconciliation in, Lieberman out. Let him caucus with his blood brothers McCain and Graham.

Posted by: cmpnwtr | November 11, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

oh can we please stop already with the reconciliation talk. Now that this legislation is garbage (and the Democrats know its garbage) they CANNOT survive politically without some Republican cover. They will not let it be purely partisan. It would destroy them for years to come. Just think in 2012 when we've all started PAYING for the helathcare bill but haven't received any of the perceived "Benefits" of the healthcare bill. All this while unemployment is still sky high. That makes for bad bad times for incumbents including an incumbent president.

Posted by: visionbrkr | November 11, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I hate to say this, but I think Holy Joe's "position" can only be explained by the hypothesis that he wants something from the Administration so badly that he is willing to trash health care reform to get it -- but the something is not related to health care reform. If it were, he might say something that made sense.

Now what does Lieberman care most about in the world? Looks like his own importance and a Likudnik Israel. I think he is holding out for guarantees to Netanyahu that Obama will completely back off opposing Israeli expansion.

Posted by: janinsanfran | November 11, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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