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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

Ten more like him

Had we had ten Joe Liebermans, evenly divided, we would have a more modest and far better health-care result than in fact the Senate is about to give us. His struggle was a lonely one; all the other holdouts settled for a favor for a constituency, thus making the bill worse, not changing its direction. Lieberman, at least modestly, made the bill less bad.

He was vilified because he was alone, and he stood in front of the train. The contest in both houses of Congress became a political game of winners and losers, with content far less important than a perceived political victory or defeat. It is likely that fewer than half of the members who will vote in favor have a real appreciation and support for the substance.

In this regard, Lieberman stands alone. He drove the substance as far as he could and then stood aside for a proposal that I suspect he still doesn't like. We needed ten more like him.

By Slade Gorton

 |  December 22, 2009; 6:23 AM ET
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I'm sorry sir but he's being villified because he runs hot and cold for his own benefit. He makes demands, the leadership bows, and we get SCREWED. A mandate with no recourse? How can you think this is good for the country? We need 10 more Paul Wellstones. At least he had honest constistant views wheather you agreed with him or not. Lie-berman shifts in the wind.

Posted by: libertyanne | December 22, 2009 1:20 PM
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If we had ten more Joe's we would have an even worse senate than we already do. Up Joe, the Nelson's, and all the Blue dog ankle bitters.

Posted by: frluke | December 22, 2009 11:08 AM
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Had we had ten Joe Liebermans, evenly divided, we would have a more modest and far better health-care result

And you know this...How!

Posted by: pittlc | December 22, 2009 10:56 AM
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We need 10 more senators who proclaim a position over nine years (support for lowering the age for Medicare) and even as recently as three months ago, and then do a triple twist with a half gainer to explain their flip flop? You have to be kidding me. That Lieberman is the senator from Aetna is no longer in doubt. That this is to be praised gives us an idea of where Slade Gorton's allegiances lie as well.

Posted by: Poleman | December 22, 2009 10:27 AM
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Absurdity rules the day with this sort of post.

Joe Lieberman's stand on health care was exactly the sort of political showboating that we don't need more of in Congress.

Lieberman's objections weren't principled or fact-based. He asserted that the bill would add to the deficit when the CBO scored it as reducing the deficit. He flip-flopped on the Medicare buy-in after supporting the same exact provision three months ago. He reveled in the fact that Democrats had to grovel at his feet to get the bill passed.

That is why he was vilified, and why folks like Ben Nelson are not. At least Nelson -- even if out of step with most Democrats -- was consistent with his criticisms of the bill.

Posted by: seantolsen | December 22, 2009 9:52 AM
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