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Thursday, September 21, 2006


No Accountability

In a hypothetical world where the Democrats take control of the Senate in November, Sen. Lieberman wins due to massive GOP turnout, and he deigns to caucus with the Democrats, he may very well become Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

He already owes zero allegiance to Democrats, whose clear verdict he discarded after the primary, and who will have voted in even greater numbers against him in the general.

But he would owe a hell of a lot to Republican lobbyists, Republican elected officials, Republican voters, Republican fundraisers, neoconservative ideologues, Karl Rove, and people like the chairman of Scooter Libby's Defense Fund, who are currently keeping his campaign afloat, keeping his ads on the air, keeping his staffers paid.

And coincidentally, as The Hill noted last month, he would also be in a prime position of power to slow or stop any investigations of Bush administration officials:

The issue of Lieberman’s seniority would arise most dramatically if Lieberman wins re-election and Democrats recapture control of the chamber. That would slot Lieberman to take over as chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the panel primarily responsible for investigating the executive branch....

Allowing Lieberman to retain his seniority could put the senator now running as an independent in charge of the Senate’s chief investigative committee. If Democrats took control of either chamber they would likely launch investigations of the White House’s handling of the war in Iraq and homeland security.

There's no reason to take Sen. Lieberman at his word when he says he won't caucus with the Republicans if he wins. He's already bailed on the party once. Why wouldn't he do it again?

But if he were to caucus with the Democrats in a potential majority, the end result for those truly seeking accountability for the Bush administration might be even worse.

It's exactly this type of "Bipartisanship" and "Experience" that Connecticut doesn't need.
The Hill along with so many others writes that Joe is running as an Independent. he isn't - but the writers won't learn.
Wait a minute - how could he become chair of *any* committee? Even if he wins in a landslide, he is not a member of either party and therefore lacks the seniority or clout to sit on any committee. Or do I have it wrong? Please, educate me!
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