The Hill is reporting that Harry Reid is assuring liberals that Joe Lieberman will be there with the Democrats on the public option and won’t join the GOP filibuster. Not true, it turns out. Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann e-mails in response to my query about the story:
The suggestion reported in the Hill that Senator Lieberman has made a “private understanding” on his votes on health care reform is absolutely not true. Senator Lieberman’s clear position is that he will vote for the motion to proceed to the health care bill because he supports health care reform that will control costs and insure people who don’t have it now, but will oppose cloture on a final bill if it contains a public option.
Could it be that Reid is lying? Hmm. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding. Lieberman is content to let his colleagues chat as long as they want, but make no mistake, he won’t be one of the 60 needed to pass the public option.
UPDATE: Wittmann adds: “If you believe this story is true, you will also believe that I am replacing A-Rod in game six of the series.”