Joe Lieberman's Last Throes
by Todd Beeton, Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 04:33:56 PM EDT
Seriously, Lieberman has hitched his ride to this failed war, to this obstructionist senate minority and to this sad excuse for a Republican candidate and, unfortunately, has full confidence that nothing will be done about kicking him out of the caucus and stripping him of his committee chairmanship before November -- and probably not before January. When we count down to our 60 vote majority, let's remember, truly, we need to pick up 10 seats, not 9. We need to make this guy absolutely irrelevant.
From The Hill:
On a conference call with reporters arranged by the McCain campaign, Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, called the Democratic response to McCain's remarks "another partisan attempt to distort John McCain's words."
"To put it mildly, I'm disappointed by these reflexive attacks on what Sen. McCain said on the 'Today Show' this morning," Lieberman said. He added: "I regret these comments made today, and I hope we can get back to the facts." [...]
Lieberman said he finds it "most outrageous" to suggest McCain is out of touch.
You want to see what a real Connecticut Democrat looks like? Here's Jim Himes, challenger to Bush rubberstamp Chris Shays in CT-04, on McCain's comments today and the importance of bringing our troops home.
"John McCain's comments this morning are not only sorely out-of-touch, they are also hurtful to the families of troops serving in Iraq for whom nothing is more important than knowing when their loved ones will come home.
"If Chris Shays was serious about bringing our troops home, he wouldn't be co-chairing John McCain's campaign in Connecticut. Just like his party's standard-bearer, Chris Shays is deeply confused and out-of-touch when it comes to Iraq. In 2006 he promised voters he would support timelines, only to vote against them three times in 2007. Now, in 2008, he says he supports President Bush on Iraq and is working hard to elect an administration that clearly intends to keep American troops in harms way in Iraq for years if not decades.
"Connecticut families know we cannot afford a third term of the Bush-McCain-Shays policy on Iraq. It is long past time to give the Iraqi government a clear timeline for the full redeployment of American troops so we can start focusing on the challenges that face us here at home."
Check out Josh Marshall's excellent video about Lieberman's betrayal of Democrats (especially of Obama who, you'll recall, agreed NOT to campaign for Ned Lamont in 2006) and what we all can do to help nudge Democratic senate leadership to boot him from the caucus once our increased majority is sworn in.