Joe Lieberman, everyone:
BECK: But do you agree that Senator Hatch said to me that if we don’t at least have the firewall of the filibuster in the Senate that in many ways America will not survive?
LIEBERMAN: Well, I hope it’s not like that, but I fear.
Lieberman also hinted that next session, he would be supportive of conservative efforts to filibuster progressive legislation. Lieberman said that the filibuster is a “key” to stop such “passions of the moment”:
LIEBERMAN: And I think the filibuster is the key. You know, it gets a bad name, but it was really put there, a 60-vote requirement, to, as somebody said to me when I first came to the Senate, stop the passions of a moment among the people of America from sweeping across the Congress, the House, through the Senate, to a like-minded President and having us do things that will change America for a long time. So the filibuster is one of the important protections we have.
"Protections" from such things as giving kids healthcare, getting our troops out of Iraq, building the new energy infrastructure of the future, you know, "dangerous" things like that.
If anyone's counting Democratic numbers in the Senate, be sure not to include Lieberman on our side. He's telling you right here that he's not. We can make that permanent, you know.