Now They Tell Me.November 18, 2008 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Office of the President | 1 Comment
Tags: government, lieberman, senate
Karen Tumulty, in the comment thread of her Swampland post “A Health Care Role for Hillary”:
Also, on the Lieberman thing, it seems to me that losing a chairmanship is a rare thing in Congress in general, but even rarer in the Senate, absent an indictment or something. Can anyone remember when the last time was that it happened in the Senate? (Other than when a guy like Thurmond or Byrd gets elderly and frail, and is persuaded to give it up.)There was a huge fight over House Armed Services in the 1980s, where Les Aspin ousted a guy named Mel Price. And Newt ignored some seniority rules in handing out chairmanships. But I can’t remember anyone in the Senate really fighting for one and losing it. Commenters?
Too bad this wasn’t pointed out last week.
But wait it gets
Asked what it would mean if Lieberman kept his chairmanship, one Senate Democratic aide said bluntly: “The left has been foiled again. They can rant and rage but they still do not put the fear into folks to actually change their votes. Their influence would be in question.”
In other words, “don’t bother making phone calls or writing letters.”
I’m beginning to think that this whole “government by, of and for the people” thing is a sham.