Lieberman's Hacking Story Will Continue
by Matt Stoller, Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 09:15:15 AM EST
This week, O'Connor and Blumethal's offices told The Advocate they have closed the investigation after finding no evidence of criminal conduct, tampering or sabotage. They did not say what had caused the problems with the Web site.
The Advocate has filed Freedom of Information requests with both offices seeking more information on the investigations.
The lack of answers has prompted outrage from many online bloggers who over the summer accused Lieberman of using the crash to smear Lamont and his supporters.
Wednesday's national Daily Kos blog's headline read: "It's official: Lieberman and Co. lied about 'hacking.'"
It's funny. In my research into the 1960s I'm finding out just how much we newfangled progressives owe the New Left and the reformers of the time. The Freedom of Information Act was pushed through by Ralph Nader, and Connecticut Citizen Action Group, which Nader also founded, generated the social network used to beat Lieberman in the primary. And SEIU, which backed Lamont in the general, has leadership that came indirectly from the radical organizers of the New Left. At the same time, NARAL, founded in the early 1970s and a direct outgrowth of the feminist movement, was on the other side.
Anyway, that's just an aside. What's fascinating about the Advocate is that they are clearly responding to the pressure from bloggers who are angry that the whole story isn't being told about the campaign. We know, for instance, that Lieberman just out and out lied when he said he would try to end the war as soon as possible. We know he called Lamont a liar for saying that a vote for Lieberman means a vote for more war, and immediately after winning reelection Lieberman called for escalation in Iraq.
The hacking story is just a symbolic little obvious lie, but we want answers. The press isn't bothering to hold Lieberman accountable for lying to the voters of Connecticut about his position on the war; at least the Stamford Advocate is willing to investigate the hacking story.
We're not letting this go. The Lieberman people want to let their disgraceful campaign be part of the past. And if Lieberman had paid heed to the voters and called for an end to the war in Iraq like he promised, we might as well. But he obviously lied, and citizens of Connecticut just didn't see through it at the time. And so now it's time he be held to account.