No doubt he’s thankful for Obama’s intervention so he could keep his seniority and charimanships. So now we’re seeing some penance. Certainly not necessary, but definitely appreciated.

Brokaw certainly put the screws to him, and I think it’s fair that Lieberman was taking the “Look, McCain was my friend and I supported him. What do you want from me?” defense.

Still, what’s important for Dems is that Joe is caucusing with them. That’s it. End of story.

So why don’t the netroots get this?

“With its congressional majority, the Democratic Party has refused to seriously try to end the war, to stop the bailout and to stop the trampling of civil liberties, just to name a few off the top of my head,” wrote David Sirota on the popular liberal blog OpenLeft, decrying the serial betrayals of Obama and the congressional Democratic majority. The Democratic Party, he wrote, has “faced no real retribution” for its manifold heresies, something that Sirota believes he and his band of angry bloggers must change. “We better understand why this happened,” he fumed. […]

“He wasn’t sanctioned,” seethed Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos. “And Senate Democrats trying to make that claim are dishonestly trying to cover up the extent of their betrayal of the American people’s vote for change.”

Do these people not understand the idea of unity? I mean, come on here folks…do you really think the best use of Obama’s and the Dems’ political capital is to punish one of their own? Seriously…what kind of signal would that send?

Moving on…

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