Hillary Clinton's Contempt for The Left Continues
by Matt Stoller, Sun May 14, 2006 at 12:23:46 PM EDT
The slow and steady stream of prominent Democrats endorsing Joe Lieberman continues. This time, it's Hillary Clinton. Now, to be clear, endorsing Lieberman is pretty bad, but it's not the end of the world. The Senate is a club, and Senate Democrats are conforming to the norms of that club. I've attacked both Harry Reid and Barack Obama for this patently elitist behavior, and we need to realize that these people are not always on our side. But it makes some sense, in that Lieberman now owes them. Lieberman is neutered in some fashion. But there's a right way to endorse and a wrong way to endorse, and Hillary Clinton recent letter to Connecticut Democrats is particularly egregious. Here's the passage that struck me.
Last year, right after the 2004 election, President Bush announced that privatizing Social Security was his highest priority. Joe Lieberman fought tooth and nail to protect the guarantee of Social Security that this country has honored for seven decades to its senior citizens.
This is not true. Let's go back to January, 2005:
[President Bush] described the perils of the current system, how it would be "exhausted and bankrupt" by 2042. From the Democratic side of the chamber came cries of "no" - unusually raucous behavior for this most traditional of forums. And when Bush urged Congress to consider changes, only two Democratic senators - Connecticut's Joe Lieberman and Nebraska's Ben Nelson - stood up and applauded.
And in February?
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., is undecided about the concept of using payroll taxes to fund private Social Security accounts, bringing to three the known number of Senate Democrats who have yet to publicly rule out the idea.
Joe Lieberman wouldn't even sign a letter with other Democrats resisting a phrase-out of Social Security until March, 2005. Tooth and nail? Whatever. Lieberman wouldn't join the battle until it was basically over. And now he's claiming credit for stopping privatization, and Hillary Clinton is backing and promoting this claim.
You can argue for right-wing policies. You can argue for accomodationist policies. But that's not what's happening here. This is simply lying. As I've said before and as I'll say in the future, Hillary Clinton thinks nothing of lying to Democrats.
She has contempt for all of us.