The essential function of a political party in governing the country is to manage the procedural issues in the legislature, and the strong tradition in both houses is to follow the party line as regards procedural matters. Lieberman is an independent, but he chairs a powerful committee on the sufferance of the Democratic caucus. If he joins a filibuster of the health care bill with Republicans as he has just said he would, he will have forfeited the last semblance of allegiance to the Democratic party that he promised when he was re-elected.He should be removed as chair of his committee tonight, and begin a vigorous effort to see him turned out of office in the next election, right now. I'll donate to any candidate with more integrity than Lieberman, and any progressive who wants to be anything other than a doormat for his ambition will do the same. This was predictable (and predicted), and Joe must go.