In today’s Hartford Courant Jesse Hamilton reports the United States Senate will handle Joe Lieberman’s future within the Democrat leadership with a … secret ballot. Lieberman currently holds the chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, a powerful position that some Democrats – including two senators from Vermont – think should be stripped from the Connecticut junior senator.
Here is the funny part. Democrats are going to be using a secret ballot to determine Lieberman’s fate.
Going to have a little fun here today. … Quickly from the Courant.
Senate Democrats will decide by secret ballot Tuesday whether to take away Sen. Joe Lieberman’s chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — a post from which he oversees U.S. security issues, as well as the operations of a wide segment of the federal government.
The anger over Lieberman’s campaigning for the Republican presidential candidate is still boiling — fueled by memories of his undercutting Barack Obama, including in a nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention.
Majority Leader Harry Reid met with Lieberman two days after the election, telling him that his chairmanship might be on the line.
But just as it looked as if his future in the Senate could be as a political hermit, the backlash against him has faltered. So Tuesday’s vote — the talk of Capitol Hill — has become as uncertain as a stock market investment.
So what do other Democrats think of secret ballots? Well, if you’re an employee about to vote if your shop should be unionized or not, Democrats side with unions, convinced no voting is needed at all. Unions want to set it up more or less as a petition drive. Hey man, why don’t you sign right here – it’s the best thing to do ya know?
No secret ballots for you.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) were outspoken concerning Lieberman’s fate. They want him stripped of his chairmanship, and the Democrats are going to do that using a secret ballot. This protects Obama since he says he does not want Lieberman punished, but by allowing a secret ballot, Obama is quietly giving his OK to throw Joe under the bus.
In June of 2007, both senators voted for a bill – the Employee Free Choice Act that did not make it to the Senate floor – that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and, in part, ditch the secret ballot.
From the section on “streamlining union certification.”
If the Board finds that a majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for bargaining has signed valid authorizations designating the individual or labor organization specified in the petition as their bargaining representative and that no other individual or labor organization is currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit, the Board shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or labor organization as the representative described in subsection (a).
Secret ballot good for them, but not for us.
Yes, this story is a bit of a stretch, but I wanted to have a little fun today. The Democrats can handle this any way that they would like since it is a political party and not really part of the official government structure.
The GOP has made it clear that Lieberman is welcome to caucus with them if he’s tossed out on the street. He could rightly claim that he did not leave the Democrat party, but the party left him.
Update: If you are interested in learning more about the Employee Free Choice Act – it’s stupid how some of these bills are named – Hinderaker has more today at Power Line.
Update: Ed over at Hot Air picked up on this today as well. I mentioned that I was having a little fun with this post, but I’m glad someone else with a bit more stature in the blog word was thinking the same thing I was thinking.