Joe Wants To Be On TV

It’s the only reason he sticks around:

Lieberman wrote in a political autobiography of why he stopped sounding like a liberal when he ran for office in the late ’80s: he’d lost a Congressional race by being painted as one at the dawn of the Reagan era. He’d never let that happen again.

He may have launched his career by taking on machine Democrats. But he quickly made his peace with them, and the Teamsters who helped pull their votes, as he ascended to the position of Connecticut attorney general, then U.S. senator.

When he began making alliances with the Republican right in Washington, he was cultivating powerful friends among a network of politicians and operatives who came to dominate the federal government and the national discourse. He became a star.

When he ran as Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore’s number-two in 2000, he suddenly backtracked on those principles: He no longer called affirmative action “un-American.” He embraced civil rights again and warned against dangerous Republicans.

When he ran on his own for president in 2004, he positioned himself as a Scoop Jackson Democrat, hoping to capture the votes of conservative Democrats. But he was still seeking the votes of partisans. So he ditched the bipartisan, bridge-building talk.

And you know, I do get it in a pragmatic sense. The only way for a Democrat to get any face time during the first seven years of the Bush presidency was to diss his own party and praise the president, so that other TV commetators who felt guilty for falling for Bush’s weasel show would be able to point to “even the liberal senator X” in order to justify how icky their skin felt after he slimed all over it. I do get that if you’ve got a message, and it’s mostly “aren’t I awesome?” then the only way to get that out there was to append “and other Democrats suck” on to the end of it.

But it’s not 2002 anymore. Nor 2004 nor 2006. It’s time to stop treating these people like it was ever okay for them to sell out their principles just to be able to make love to the microphones. Joe’s not a proud Democrat. He’s not, in fact, a proud anything, not anything at all.

A.

7 thoughts on “Joe Wants To Be On TV

  1. no, but he’s apparently “guaranteed” a spot in a mccain cabinet as a result of his speech at the GOP convention.
    what a disgusting little toad.
    that being said, it’s my belief that obama supported lieberman in his re-election as a favor to the clintons.
    from talking to people out on the street while doing errands, although most people haven’t heard the reality of palin’s background, or even much of the pro-palin spin, i haven’t met a single person who thinks that mccain’s pick is anything but an act of desperation.

  2. Classic example of Don’t ask, don’t tell.
    Has anyone asked the good soldier about gays in the military? Since he is still fighting a war that ended in 1975, it’s probably irrelevant to him.
    For McCain, it seems, every war is a righteous war, whether it’s an illegal war or one that we started under false pretenses. What’s $10,000,000,000 a month got to do with it? This is a man who believes that one honors dead soldiers by adding more of their contemporaries to the list.
    “It’s always the old who lead us to the war, always the young who die…” Phil Ochs
    I bought a tee shirt that says:
    “John McCain
    Is Not
    My Drug of Choice”
    google it for the site.

  3. On the other hand, Lieberman has had time to write letters praising mobbed-up connecticut trash moguls for their charity work. (Just today, there’s an AP story out about a guy plea-bargaining down to 7 years and $100-million-plus in surrendered property, after submitting a pre-indictment letter from Lieberman praising his good works.)

  4. My contempt for that little weasel Holy Joe Short Ride Lieberman is boundless.
    He isn’t a proud Democrat. The Democrats in Connecticut kicked his traitorous ass to the curb two years ago. I will ParTAY! like no tomorrow come election day when they finally kick his worthless butt to the curb.

  5. My only real problem with Lieberman is that he reminds me of the type of person who was a caring, nice social liberal growing up, and then turned into an angry, warmongering asshole when he hits 30. One gets the feeling that he simply, for once, wants to be on the winning team.
    Granted, he’s a politician, that’s what he’s supposed to do – to a point. But it makes you realize the man doesn’t have (and may not have had any) sort of principles in the first place.
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for people changing their minds. I hate the flip-flop analogies. Anyone who writes their opinions in stone tend to become insane rag-wearing end-is neigh placard holders. Or if they have money, christian evangelicals.
    But it’s that he’s doing it in such wide strokes and in such a short of time, his political career is beginning to look like a Jackson Pollak painting.
    I can’t stand Bush, but I dread to think what might have happened if Gore had gotten into the white house with this choad whispering in his ear a-la Grima Wormtongue. I had reservations about Gore from his senate days during that election. Now that I’m seeing this, I’m wondering how things would have been much different.
    But I still think the guy looks like Senator Palpatine from Star Wars.

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