Joe Lieberman Is Playing Some Crazy Mind Games


We don't know what Connecticut senator and Democratic albatross Joe Lieberman is up to right now, but Machiavelli would probably approve.

Here's Lieberman, on Face the Nation this past Sunday, talking about filibustering a health-care-reform bill that includes a public option:

I feel so strongly about the creation of another government health insurance entitlement, of the government going into the health insurance business, I think it's such a mistake that I would use the power I have as a single Senator to stop a final vote.

But then there's this story from The Hill, last night:

Sen. Joe Lieberman has reached a private understanding with Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will not block a final vote on healthcare reform, according to two sources briefed on the matter.

And Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann's response this morning, via the Corner and Contentions:

The suggestion reported in the Hill that Senator Lieberman has made a "private understanding" on his votes on health care reform is absolutely not true. Senator Lieberman’s clear position is that he will vote for the motion to proceed to the health care bill because he supports health care reform that will control costs and insure people who don’t have it now, but will oppose cloture on a final bill if it contains a public option. If you believe this story is true, you will also believe that I am replacing A-Rod in game six of the series.