"Any Democratic senators -- including Joe Lieberman -- who support a Republican attempt to block a vote on health care reform should be stripped of their leadership titles. Americans deserve a clean up-or-down vote on health care reform that includes a public option."
Senator Lieberman (I-CT), who has threatened to join Republicans in a filibuster if the Senate health care bill contains a public option, used to be an opponent of the filibuster. In 1994, he and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced legislation to get rid of the obstructive maneuver. At the time, Lieberman made the following statement:
"I'm very proud to be standing here with Tom as two Democrats saying that we're going to begin this fight, because we've just been stung by the filibuster for a period of years, and even though the tables have now turned, it doesn't make it right for us to use this instrument that we so vilified."
No, Joe, it simply isn't right for you to use this instrument that you so vilified. Rachel Maddow spoke about the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's petition: