Bitter, selfish Senator Joe Lieberman has apparently told Harry Reid he'll vote against any bill with a public option or an expanded Medicare component:
"The two senators had a discussion in Reid's office shortly after Lieberman appeared on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday morning. The Connecticut independent discussed with Reid some of his concerns about the legislation, elaborating on issues he had raised during the show. According to the source, who was briefed on the exchange, Lieberman punctuated the discussion by telling the majority leader directly that he will vote against the bill if the Medicare buy-in and public option provisions remain in it. Roll Call reports that Lieberman said he would also support a Republican filibuster of legislation that included these provisions. 'Leadership was definitely a bit surprised with the lines being drawn in the sand the way they were,' said the source. 'We expected that he would say critical things about [the bill]. But he is not even giving us a chance to get it scored.'
The pledge by Lieberman to oppose the bill represents a potentially huge setback for reform proponents, many of who saw the latest round of policy compromises as the last true chance to corral the needed votes. That said, leadership has several fallback options (none of them promising) should Lieberman follow through on the threat."