Friday, November 07, 2008

The solution to the Lieberman problem

Joe Lieberman is simply amazing in his burning need and undeniable ability to make himself important in the face of overwhelming evidence of irrelevance.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reached out to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) about the prospect of joining the Republican conference, but Lieberman is still bargaining with Democratic leaders to keep his chairmanship, according to Senate aides in both parties.

"Senator Lieberman's preference is to stay in the caucus, but he's going to keep all his options open," a Lieberman aide said. "McConnell has reached out to him and at this stage his position is he wants to remain in the caucus but losing the chairmanship is unacceptable."

The solution is so obvious: Obama should offer Loserman a senior administration position. A real Dem will take his Senate seat; Obama looks magnanimous; and Joe gets canned the minute he (inevitably) goes off script.

And continuing the "echoes of "West Wing" parallels," the Obama team should announce that Lieberman has accepted even before he is asked, and effusively praise his patriotism, bipartisanship and willingness to put country before personal interest.



Blogger Unknown said...

I was thinking Ambassador to Iraq, myself.

FWIW, CT has a Republican gov, so it would be two years of an official R after the appointee's name rather than a de facto R...

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... is the new black?

1:20 PM  
Blogger Stephen Chakwin said...

Kind of a problem with this scenario. The governor of CT, who would appoint Lieberman's replacement, is a Republican. She's not going to appoint a Democrat, real or otherwise, to that seat.

6:08 PM  
Blogger bluememe said...

OK, OK, so there is a wee problem with the plan.

Facts are stupid things and all that.

OTOH, could an appointed replacement (a minority party backbencher with zero seniority and no committee chairs by definition) really be worse?

5:41 PM  

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