In 1966, Joe Lieberman wrote a book called “The Power Broker.” It was a biography of one of his political heroes, John Bailey, the godfather of the modern Democratic party in Connecticut.
Now Lieberman finds himself “the power broker” in the Senate health care debate. But what would John Bailey make of his role?
As Lieberman pointed out in a subsequent volume on Bailey, “The Legacy,” the late state and national party chairman always backed ”the bird who can fly, not the pigeon who can’t get off the ground.”
No doubt Joe Lieberman is spreading…flexing…his political wings right now. But the stunning development is the reaction of 3 of his Connecticut colleagues in the House. John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, and Chris Murphy now see Lieberman as a pigeon. DeLauro’s comments to POLITICO about her New Haven neighbor are downright bitter.
It’s my place to report on Joe Lieberman’s politics, not to analyze them or pass judgment. But knowing where he’s been, I wonder where he’s going.
And I wonder how John Bailey would see him now. As the bird who can fly, or as that pigeon on the ground.