I find Lieberman’s behavior in this affair unconscionable, and I share Klein’s anger with him, which produced his dust-up with Chuck Lane on this blog. Klein is right that there is not a shred of principle in Lieberman’s opposition to the proposal to allow people 55 and over to buy into Medicare. Again: Lieberman supported the idea just three months ago. The genius of the compromise negotiated by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was that it got rid of the old public option, objectionable to Lieberman and some other moderates, and replaced it with a more modest but potentially promising test of the public option idea that many of the moderates, including Lieberman, had supported in the past.
I think the evidence is overwhelming that Lieberman double-crossed Reid, Schumer and the rest of his colleagues.