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Obama, Democrats Threaten Lieberman by American Elephant

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In another story not likely to see the light of day in the “mainstream” media, Barack Obama and the other Ministers of “Truth” in the Democrat party are none too happy with Joe Lieberman for exercizing his right to free speech. Lieberman, the former Democrat and current Independent senator from Connecticut, who is openly supporting John McCain for president, slammed Obama’s positions on Iraq and Israel in a conference call with reporters last week.

Turns out the self-styled messianic candidate of “hope” and “change” is having none of it, Roll Call observed the following exchange the day after Liberman’s latest comments:

“Obama dragged Lieberman by the hand to a far corner of the Senate chamber and engaged in what appeared to reporters in the gallery as an intense, three-minute conversation,” Roll Call reported.

“While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.” [read more]

While no one but Lieberman and Obama know the content of that heated conversation for sure, it becomes fairly apparent in the context of not-so-veiled threats from Obama surrogates:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday left open the possibility that Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (Conn.) status as an influential chairman in the Democratic Conference may not be solid for the long term, even as he reiterated the Independent Democrat’s importance on key party priorities.

…”I’ve had a conversation with Joe Lieberman of some length — I’m not going to discuss those conversations here,” Reid told reporters, but he was quick to add that “we’ll let the future decide” Lieberman’s long-term role as a key party chairman and member of the Conference. [read more]

Democrats need Lieberman currently to maintain their slim 51-49 vote majority in the senate. If Lieberman were to instead caucus with Republicans, as was rumored for a while he might do, the GOP would retake the majority, since all 50-50 ties are broken by Vice President Dick Cheney.

But perhaps it is cocky anticipation of winning a larger majority this fall that has Democrats making it clear Lieberman could face some big time pay-back if he doesn’t quit criticizing the senator from Chicago:

“There’s a commonly held hope that he’s not going to be transformed into an attack dog for Republicans,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., an Obama supporter.

…While there’s no serious talk afoot about punishing Lieberman, Kerry said, “I can’t tell you what happens next year.” [read more]

Real subtle, Senator! There’s apparently no room for “mavericks” in Obama’s Democrat party. Funny, the more we hear of Obama’s “new kind of politics” the more they sound like the same old dirty Chicago-style politics Democrats have used for years.

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