Independent Senator Joe Lieberman, long the bane of the left
, is now taking the lead on a cornerstone Democratic issue: don't ask, don't tell. At the White House's request, Lieberman will sponsor
Senate legislation to repeal the policy, which bans gay men and women
from openly serving in the military and which Lieberman has long
opposed. Liberals, wary of trusting Lieberman with a pet issue, are
skeptical of his involvement and are asking why the White House would let
him reap the glory. After all, the end of don't ask, don't tell appears increasingly likely
. Will Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic nominee for Vice President, finally regain the trust of the left?
- Why Lieberman Is Obama's Guy The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder explains.
"Simple: this works for everyone. Lieberman can work on Republicans he
respects, like Sen. Lindsay Graham, he can regain some credibility
with liberals (I said some credibility), he actually does believe that
DADT should be repealed, and he now owes the White House a favor."
- Just Good White House Strategy Liberal blogger John Cole credits
the White House for putting Lieberman on point. "This wasn't 11
dimensional chess. This was common sense, and the way to permanently
repeal this crappy compromise," he writes. "Let the military get out in
front and be agents of change, neutering Republican opposition, and
then let the Democrat who the Republicans simply can't attack as
anti-military propose the bill. And with the public showing great
support for repeal, it will pass, Ike Skelton be damned."
- Reveals Broad Anti-DADT Consensus New York Magazine's Chris Rovzar says
this proves just how unpopular the policy has become. He cites mounting
poll evidence and expert commentary, particularly within the military,
that the policy should be repealed right away. If even Joe Lieberman
joins with Democrats in opposing it, goes the logic, who could possibly
- Lieberman Worried About 2012 Reelection Newsweek's Daniel Stone sees Lieberman's move as an effort to repair his standing among Connecticut's many liberal voters. "His
2012 reelection fight is quickly approaching and a poll early this
month characterized the bid as all but 'a lost cause.' No doubt the
progressives who elected Lieberman over his liberal challenger Ned
Lamont in 2006 have felt buyers remorse after their man laid down on
the tracks blocking a public option."
- How Joe Can Prove He Means It Proposing a bill for repeal isn't enough, writes liberal blogger Joe Sudbay.
"Given the Senate's gridlock, the best hope for success is for the
Senate Armed Services Committee to include the repeal language in the
must-pass Department of Defense authorization bill." Such a move would
force Republicans to choose between supporting the repeal or voting
against the entire DOD budget. Lieberman, who is on the committee but
does not chair it, could play a small but significant role in this
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