Now that serial opportunist Joe Lieberman is holding health care reform hostage in the Senate, we wonder whether the president regrets shielding the Connecticut independent from political retribution.

Democrats had wanted to punish Lieberman, you may recall, for the many nasty things he said during the 2008 campaign. Although he caucuses with the Democrats (in theory, anyway) and considers himself to be one, Lieberman is technically an independent.

That’s because the Democrats of his state got fed up with Lieberman’s diet Republican routine and nominated Ned Lamont to run against him.

The former rival was quoted by Politico responding to Lieberman’s latest betrayal: “To me, it’s a generational opportunity. … To me, to filibuster, to delay and delay is failure.”

The former vice presidential candidate says he doesn’t believe in the public option, but we suspect his opposition to the Senate bill is just an old-fashioned mugging. If that’s true, it’s despicable. People are dying for lack of affordable health care. Delaying urgently needed reform for political gain is repugnant. It’s also exactly the kind of behavior we’ve come to expect from Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. — PZS

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