August 9th, 2006

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Lieberman, Lamont and the crazy they left in their wake

I admit it. I kinda felt a bit sorry for Joe Lieberman, 3-term senator and the Dem VP candidate 6 years ago suffering the indignity of a hard primary fight. He wasn't really a Zell Miller, who really was a wolf in sheep's clothes. Though, I must admit that Lieberman has been on the "wrong" side of a few issues, other than his strong support of the ill-considered blunder in Iraq.

Lieberman lost my sympathy when he announced officially that he would run as an independent. Granted, it's his right in a democracy. But it was also the dem voters' right to vote for Lamont in the primary. As a Democrat, then he ought to respect the wishes of the CT dem voters. But I kinda get the the feeling that Joe is more about Joe at this point.

The bloggers on both sides of the political spectrum have been a bit insane about this. So has Faux News. Get a load of this screencap:

I mean, holy crap. And Faux News wonders why people scoff at their "fair and balanced" claim. Maybe hysterical and batshit insane would be more appropos.

And then there are the right-wing bloggers that have been saying Lieberman's problems are because "liberals are anti-semitic". Give me a fucking break. What is that? DISPLACEMENT? (Think of The Addams Family Movie. Heh.)

Not to mention, watching these right-wingers voice so much support for Lieberman has been a bit disturbing. Having NRO, Hannity, Coulter and DeLay say nice things about you isn't exactly the the quickest way to my political heart. *shudder*

As for the left's craziness? Kos and his outsized sense of entitlement that make him think he can demand the following:
Here's what we all need to do the next few days:

1. Push Harry Reid to strip Lieberman of all committee assignments.
2. Let people know what a sore loser Lieberman is.
3. Get all Democrats -- including Bill Clinton -- to publicly back Ned Lamont.
4. Get the Democratic interest groups who backed Lieberman to switch allegiances in the general.

Actually, only the first two items rub me the wrong way, but still. Considering how the Bushies had those "Sore Loserman" signs after the 2000 "election", seeing "sore loser" out of his keyboard rubs me the wrong way. And no, I don't think Lieberman should be stripped of committee assignments. He's still the CT Democratic senator. Unless he renounces his Dem membership, Kos should sit down and shut the fuck up. As much as I like to read blogs, I don't think this victory was about blogosphere. It was about Lieberman appearing like a Bush booster and supporting a deeply misguided and unpopular war.