McJoan points out that Rubber Stamp McCain is a hypocrite on Feingold's Censure resolution. But what about the Lieberman? Well aside from supporting right-wing nutcases on hospitals being able denying contraception to rape victims (his excuse is that "In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital), he's also against Feingold's censure resolution.
In other unrelated news, Ned Lamont announced his candidacy today. You can give here.
And one more note on this. What Lieberman said today about a short drive to a hospital is immensely cruel. I'm a guy, so I probably can't talk about this with any credibility. But I will try to describe what I think because this is so awful and because hey, I'm not going to cut myself out of the conversation just because other dudes are self-righteous assholes about 'men's rights'.
Having a medical procedure done, any medical procedure, is embarrassing, intrusive, and scary, especially in a system as fucked up as ours where doctors don't really care about you because they are paid to avoid mistakes with paperwork. When you combine with this making the decision to have children or not, and maybe in a bunch of cases dumbfuck boyfriends who either aren't around or aren't helpful, the agony for some women is just immense. To talk about hospitals denying legal medical care because commuting is easy in Connecticut is really monstrous. It's so out of touch, so banal in the evil sense, and so downright elitist and cowardly.
Joe Lieberman will never have to have an abortion. He will never have to fight in a war. He will never be raped. And he will never have to bear the consequences of the choices he makes as a Senator. If nothing else, Ned Lamont has young children, and so the choices he makes are necessarily going to have more compassion and more strength behind them because he actually cares about the world his children will inherit. Lieberman simply doesn't. As a nice and cowardly man, he just cares about the sensitivities of those surrounding him. And since those who surround him are a mix of corrupt lobbyists and right-wing nutcases, his decisions are awful and morally cruel.
David Sirota is completely right when he says that Lieberman's campaign manager admitted Lieberman's out of touch. Lieberman is out of touch. This isn't a partisan issue, and I don't actually care that Lieberman goes on Fox News, really. To me, that's just a symptom of a bankrupt, spiritually dead man who has lost the will to make the right decisions. Lieberman is out of touch like Robert Moses was out of touch. Moses built all the highways of New York City, only Moses never actually knew how to drive a car because he had a chauffeur so he never realized what a traffic jam was. It was just extra time for him to work. He didn't realize the hell his system put New Yorkers through.
And that's where Lieberman is today. He's a cruel, callow, weak little man. He needs to go.
And let me tell you something else. Lieberman is going to get hurt by this primary. Already, Ned Lamont's name recognition among party activists is high, and that's because of the blogs. People know his name. They know he's challenging Lieberman. That's a huge step. It's what we've bought with our $90K so far. And if we can pump this over $100K, it will be a massive statement to insiders that Lieberman is going to have to face some angry Democratic voters, and if they don't shape up, so will they.
Already we are known as the only equivalent to the Club for Growth on the left. I don't know about the parallel, but lazy people who call themselves members of the House Democratic caucus do have reason to fear us, because we tell the truth. We are pointing out that Feingold, a real leader, is actually showing that Democrats can and do fight. And we are pointing out that all the lazy progressives, who won't file ethics complaints, and all the centrist fools, who keep pretending that being lied to on Iraq is somehow strong, are being stupid incumbent middle managers. We are also proving that ordinary Democrats, ordinary people, can make a huge difference. For crying out loud, pick either Glenn Greenwald, Mike Stark, John Aravosis, Melanie Sloan, or Jane Hamsher, and any one is more effective than 10 Democratic Congresscritters.
It's ridiculous. This party is going to be reinvented, and we are going to do it, because we are doing it. Who attacked McCain first? We did. Who is will to take on sacred cows like Obama and Pelosi? We are. Who calls out Chris Matthews and Tim Russert, day after day? We do. Who built a web resource to get around the incompetence of the WHO on Avian Flu? We did. Dean is sitting in that DNC chair because of the netroots.
This is really a fight about all of us. It's our fight. Each one of us can make this happen, in our way. Whether it's giving money to Ned Lamont, calling your Senator, joining your local Democratic Party, or talking to your neighbor, each one of us can make a difference.
And in August, let me recommend you spend a few weeks in Connecticut door-knocking. After all, in Connecticut, it's apparently quite easy to get around.