Analyzing Lieberman's Threat
Senate Democratic aides tell Political Wire
that too much is being made of Sen. Joe Lieberman's declaration that he would back a Republican filibuster
of health care reform legislation. They think he's just jockeying for influence and may even be there for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when needed.
Lieberman said he may vote for cloture to bring the bill to the Senate floor. Once there, he will likely back efforts to strip the public option from the bill through an amendment.
: "Right now Lieberman's with Reid. Reid needs a first down. And Lieberman's with Reid for that first down. Reid doesn't have enough votes quite yet for that first down, but Lieberman's with him -- for now."
While Reid needs 60 votes to get the bill to the Senate floor for debate, The Hill
says his ultimate strategy uses "a controversial legislative tactic called reconciliation that could require only a simple majority of 50 votes for final passage. That would allow the chamber's Democratic centrists to support the party on procedural votes and still vote against the final product."
Analyzing Lieberman's Threat -- Political Wire