subtitle: that bastard won't do anything for us, note: most "liberals" disagree and seem to think Joe did the right thing. Idiots! Nothing personal.
I've had a chance to sleep on it and I still wish Lieberman would have taken the Homeland Security Job, the points, details in the extension.
The Senate Seat
- The Senate Seat- doesn't matter , already a minority by more than one vote.
- Guarding the Ports- Our Candidates complained this was -really- important
- A Hen in the Wolf House- Watch Dog. Joe knows a lot of Democrats... he even has just 2 or 3 degrees of separation from real liberals.
- Bad for Joe- granted, it's a job where you will get blamed for the next attack, though I think you might get praise if you do things right, that's politics. Still, it's risky for Joe... but personally I could live with that.
My understanding is Democrats would lose a Senate seat as a Republican would be selected to replace him. I fail to see how losing everything in the Senate by an extra vote would be particularly more painful. It's not like it's down to 50/50. We don't need Joe as Senator, and it makes it easier to run another Democrat when the time comes.
Guarding the Ports
Remember the Democratic Candidates talking about homeland security a lot. How much that need to be done right? This is the position in charge of that. And this position is one that threatens our civil liberties if done wrong, Joe could at least -try- to help prevent that while also trying to address the real issues of guarding the nation.
A Hen in the Wolf House
Lieberman has a lot of contacts with the Democratic Party and, indeed, thereby even to the progressives. Compared to the Bush Admin he could only improve the mix. He could watch them. Any mistakes would stay on Joe's tab since so many would point out that his choice had been to be more Republican... his mistakes would be theirs.
Lose-Lose vs. Win-Win
Lieberman in Homeland Security would be a win for Democrats. Either Lieberman could do some good, relative to what other appointees might do, or he would be able to be a very vocal critic if Bush did not provide proper resources, even resigning in disgust.
People have noted that it would be lose-lose for Lieberman, and this is true. If there is another attack, you're probably going to receive a lot of the blame, if there isn't... people will make fun of your color coordinated panic scale. So it would be a bad job compared to the cushy Senate Minority job Joe has now... but I could live with that. Clearly, Joe could not. I don't blame Joe for making a personal decision, this isn't about changing Joe's mind, of course. It's just about having a proper attitude and analysis.
Clearly Joe did what was best for Joe when Joe could have helped fight the war he so dearly loves.
And maybe he could change the fascisterotic name of that department. Btw, this is all assuming he really was offered it which I still consider quite an assumption... but there, it's already been made.