"Lieberman’s announcement, which torpedoed a compromise that Reid helped to midwife, caught the Senate majority leader by surprise. Reid had spoken with Lieberman two days earlier, and one of Lieberman’s top aides participated in the Saturday-afternoon conference call that Reid orchestrates for Democratic senators who will be appearing on the Sunday talk shows. “He double-crossed me,” Reid said stiffly, associates later recounted.
So was Reid truly betrayed by Lieberman, and surprised by it -- in which case he's an inexcusable naif who doesn't belong in leadership? Or is this all Kabuki, and Reid and Lieberman were coordinating efforts to moderate the reform bill all along -- in which case Reid has lied to his caucus and failed to fight for the American people?
Serious question. I'd love people's thoughts and insights.