Maybe Anthony Weiner was onto something when he said the Senate should make Joe Lieberman filibuster.
“Make Joe Lieberman stand on the floor, and for hour after hour after hour, explain to the American people why he’s against the public option, why he’s against his own position on expanding Medicare,” Mr. Weiner told Chris Matthews on Hardball in December. “Let’s make some of these guys go out there and actually filibuster and watch how their support erodes in their home constituency.”
And erode it did, even though the Senate didn’t take Mr. Weiner’s advice.
In a recent poll, Mr. Lieberman’s approval rating slid to 25 percent, and 19 percent of Connecticut voters say they don’t like what he did to the health care bill. Mr. Lieberman’s efforts to water down the bill, but ultimately support it, didn’t help him with either side. Among supporters of the bill, 87 percent disapproved of his actions; among those who don’t support it, 52 percent disapprove.