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Your recent gentle dismissal of remarks made by Joe Lieberman is the cause for this letter.  I am a life long Democrat and have never voted for a split ticket in my voting history.  I mention this only to provide whatever bona fides I have as a Democratic constituent.  As you are aware, the Democrats regained majorities in both houses of Congress largely if not singularly upon the promise that our Party would set the machine in motion for withdrawal from Iraq.  I was disappointed in the recent supplemental funding bill outcome as it relates to the Iraq and continued obedience to our despotic President's war agenda. But I am willing to be patient enough to provide you the opportunity to exercise leadership and execute the promise that was made to us, your constituents.  But there is a cancer in the midst of the Democratic caucus and it must be addressed.  Failure to do so will bring sickness, death and ruination in my carefully considered, but humble opinion.

As you also know, recent polling has shown that those that identify as Democrats are 85 to 90 percent in favor of withdrawal from Iraq.  Those same percentages are reflected in the disposition of these Party members about a possible military action against Iran.  No voice is heard from the Democratic Congressional benches of the House or Senate contrary to these stark and overwhelming feelings of your constituents.  But there is ONE.

One, who by our leave and permission is permitted to share our majority power (slight as it may be) to stand in open rebellion against the vast majority of his constituents, Americans and especially Democrats concerning the US Middle East Policy and specifically as it related to Iraq and Iran.  The One is Joe Lieberman, the Senator that DEFEATED the Democratic Party nominee from Connecticut. Indeed, his campaign against our Party nominee not only hurt the Democratic Party, especially in Connecticut but possibly with others as this race ended up distracting and drawing attention of resources that could have been more effectively used against the opposition.  The One – Joe Lieberman – robbed you of a Democratic seat and now uses his placement in that seat as leverage against your interests as leader and against my Party.

Joe Lieberman is in rebellion against the Party who he wishes to caucus with and the Party that has graciously permitted him to ally himself with.  No more.

Senator Reid – in the name of the leadership that you claim to have in the Senate, this One’s affiliation with our righteous and important cause must come to an end on the charge of DISLOYALTY.  His recent threats against the state of Iran are in keeping with Dick Cheney not you, the Democrats and if it matters, me.  Joe Lieberman has threaten to disassociate himself and join the Republican caucus – more DISLOYALTY.  The One defends the President and evidently supports the concept and theory of the "unitary executive" in questionable understanding of our Constitution.

For these acts of Party DISLOYALTY it is time ...well past time to accept the mind of the people of the State of Connecticut, the vast majority of Americans and especially Democrats that this war MUST END and Joe Lieberman is in rebellion against our party on this issue.  Joe Lieberman is a part of our Party now by invitation and he has worn out his welcome.  You must demonstrate your leadership and allegiance to the Party faithful in carrying out our agenda against "the would be king", George W. Bush and take a step that signals your continued commitment to end the war.  Lieberman’s fidelity to the "supposed monarch" and HIS WAR is cause enough for me and I shall not list his other offenses – though they are many.  YOU MUST ACT!

Here is what I implore you to do:

EXPEL Senator Lieberman from the Democratic Caucus and do so immediately.  This One needs no warning or call to repentance.  Expel him NOW.

STRIP him of his Committee Leadership and Committee assignments.  If the other party wishes to have his pathetic soul then let them have him.  His philosophy, integrity and commitment to the United States is more in keeping with their ideas about such things anyway.  However, they would be wise to reject him as well as unreliable and disloyalty are traits not easily washed off.  But they can have him, undeserving pariah that he is!

EXPRESS NO SORROW over these actions as they are deserved and REQUIRED.

I feel that this is the only reasonable way to demonstrate our commitment to the path of peace and carry out our agenda of OUT OF IRAQ – NOW in light of the failure to confront the President adequately on the supplemental funding bill.  You can start by acting against the ONE disloyal caucus member that you do have power over.

Sincerely a loyal Democrat,
Brother Dave

P.S.  This letter is openly posted at Daily Kos and the following have added their voice to my letter by poll and comment  

Originally posted to Brother Dave on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 11:33 AM PDT.


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  •  Out Damn Spot (18+ / 0-)

    Expel Lieberman NOW!  Do you agree?

    Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

    by Brother Dave on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 11:32:37 AM PDT

    •  Amen Brother!!!! n/t (5+ / 0-)

      The meek shall inherit nothing. -F.Zappa

      by cometman on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 11:35:18 AM PDT

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    •  Joementum is playing a losing game. (2+ / 0-)
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      corvo, Churchill

      He is playing a being a Democrat so that he can stay a viable candidate in the future.  Lets let him go.  He has earned it!

      I don't think therefore I am not.

      by FXDCI on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 11:46:08 AM PDT

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    •  At least change his committee assignments (9+ / 0-)

      If you can't eject him, consider de-fanging him.  Remove him to the least harmful committees or those most caustic to his interests.  Remove him from those needing high security clearance.  Revoke his seniority since he's an independent RepubliJoecrat and refuses to play well with the DNC and is endangering the American people with wanting to lead the war against Iran.

      Allow him no committee touching on matters involving any branch of military or intelligence or requiring high or top secret clearance. And especially nothing that ties in with the interests of his big contributors.  CT Dems lost their chance to oust him due to GOP funding and dirty tricks electioneering.  He should not be rewarded for that!

      Perhaps one with something to do with immigration or agencies and entities responsible for rebuilding Katrina.  If he wants to shine, he'd better do something that actually helps the American citizen for a change.

      And then make sure he's following party platform, white papers, policies and guidelines and is properly supervised.  Allow him the opportunity to be conditionally reappointed in a year, if he performs well in his new roles and stops kissing W's front and backsides.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 11:56:59 AM PDT

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  •  PS: (3+ / 0-)
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    Churchill, Carib and Ting, rf7777

    Seantor Reid, if you are not ready to lead then maybe you should step down.

  •  If he has the power to strip Lieberman of (1+ / 0-)
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    committee positions, then Lieberman has the power to switch control of the Senate and would almost certainly do so rather than just let himself be so stripped.

    Changing committee composition requires a resolution. If such a resolution were brought to the floor, Lieberman (or McConnell) would offer an amendment to outright change control of the Senate (such an amendment could be killed via filibuster unless Cheney ruled that such filibusters were unconstitutional, but in either case, things would at best be as they were before, and would almost certainly be worse.

    Join the College Kossacks on Facebook, or the Republicans win.

    by DemocraticLuntz on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 11:42:40 AM PDT

  •  Why would he do that? (1+ / 0-)
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    Harry and Joe both support the war now.

  •  Refusal to investigate (9+ / 0-)

    GOP Joe has refused to allow his committee to investigate the horrid federal response to Katrina

    But the decision by Lieberman, the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to back away from the committee's Katrina probe is already dismaying public-interest groups and others who hoped the Democratic victory in November would lead to more aggressive investigations of one of the White House’s most spectacular foul-ups.

    Last year, when he was running for re-election in Connecticut, Lieberman was a vocal critic of the administration’s handling of Katrina. He was especially dismayed by its failure to turn over key records that could have shed light on internal White House deliberations about the hurricane, including those involving President Bush.

    Asserting that there were "too many important questions that cannot be answered," Lieberman and other committee Democrats complained in a statement last year that the panel "did not receive information or documents showing what actually was going on in the White House."

  •  I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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    If he expels Liebercrap, then Lie-guy will spew "They kicked me out - waaa!" and act like some kind of victim.

    Better for Reid to simply ignore or overrule Lie-guy. Let him throw tantrums all he wants until he voluntarily leaves.

  •  There is One Problem With This (2+ / 0-)
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    cometman, Spekkio

    He would then caucus with the Republicans and push the Senate to a 50/50 tie which would be broken by the Vice-President.  I detest Lieberman but losing the Senate will only make matters worse.  Once we have at least 51 Senators without Lieberman then I say throw him under the bus and make him irrelevant.

    Save the Middle Class

  •  expell him! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, Churchill
  •  At the risk of breaking a rule (5+ / 0-)
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    corvo, Churchill, deha, dennisl, chigh

    I'm going to post essentially the same comments to two diaries. Frankly, I'm sick of people "whining to the choir" about Lieberman. No, he can't be impeached. He can feel the wrath of his party and progressives by:

    1. Every time that Lieberman does a fundraising activity for anyone, send out a call and PICKET the site. Won't be long before no one will ask his help.

    2)Every time a MSM station uses Lieberman as a talking head, send out an SOS. EVERY reader on this site should be immediately asked to hit every advertiser at that network. Won't be long until his side income is crimped.

    1. Every time Lieberman puts his name on a bill, SWARM every congressman with objections.
    1. And BTW, what happened to the investigation of the "street money" in the Lieberman campaign that disappeared? If it's still open, swarm the prosecutor.

    5)FOIA everything that can be imagined about ties between Lieberman and the drug industry.

    Become pests...takes one to know one.

  •  Traitor Joe has got to Go, Vichy Joe (1+ / 0-)
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    Kick THAT BASTARD out, NOW.

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 11:59:57 AM PDT

  •  The problem with this (0+ / 0-)

    is that we still don't get the troops out of Iraq.  Getting out of Iraq is more important than party loyalty or ideological purity.

    We've been told that September is the magic month.  This seems doubtful to many of us, but I am willing to give the Democrats the benefit of the doubt -- once.

    But if September comes around, we should not allow the goalposts to move.

    With respect to letting the Senate go back to the Republicans, it doesnt' mean as much as control of the House does.  If we can't get things done with the current composition of the Senate, then let the Republicans own that problem in 2008.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 12:10:45 PM PDT

  •  Response to above (1+ / 0-)
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    Expelling Lieberman changes nothing with regard to power balance.  Why should this psuedo Democrat be rewarded with the Homeland Security Committee Chair?  We gain nothing from this traitor.  We magnify our resolve and POWER by expelling him.  The ability to filbuster and obtain cloture is unchanged.

    The R's can have this piece of crap.  Being a big tent party does not mean to be required to trample upon your principles to grasp at some false measure of power.   If Joe Lieberman is acceptable does that mean that we accept David Duke if by some result he is elected as an independent and he wants to caucus with the D's.  If your moral compass is that loose you have no direction at all

    Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

    by Brother Dave on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 12:42:39 PM PDT

  •  Reid and the leadership like Lieberman (1+ / 0-)
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    Hate to have to break it to you, but Reid, the Democratic leadership, and the Dem DC insiders like Lieberman.  He guards their right flank on Iraq, and most of the agree with Lieberman's general attitude toward war-related issues.


    •  Beg to differ (0+ / 0-)

      The vast majority of the electorate are opposed to Lieberman's position. His continued role in the Democratic Caucus provides that position traction for the MSM and makes the D's appear mixed, confused and week.  It is good to opose the opposition, but more troublesome to disagree with a fellow colleague from your own caucus.  Joe should go to allow other Dem's to opose the opposition.

      Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

      by Brother Dave on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 02:20:46 PM PDT

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