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The (Very Very Strong) Case Against Joe Lieberman

Lieberman's seniority within the Democratic caucus, and his Chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee might be in jeopardy. Let's hope so.
(You can sign a letter to the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee asking them to relieve Joe Lieberman of his gavel here)


I realize it's often tough to objectively evaluate a friend and colleague, especially when you are members of the most exclusive club in the world.  When you see them all the time in the Senate cloakroom, laugh at their jokes, and nudge them to stay awake during Joe Biden's oratory you can lose sight of the knife in your back.


Case in point, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who now says, "Joe Lieberman is not some right-wing nutcase...Joe Lieberman is one of the most progressive people ever to come from the state of Connecticut."


Where to begin?  Well, let’s start in 2000, when Senator Joseph Lieberman, the Democratic candidate for vice president—in response to pressure from the Bush campaign and without checking with his own—conceded hundreds of fraudulent overseas ballots supposedly from military voters that cost Al Gore the election, the notorious "Thanksgiving Stuffing."



Let's skip lightly over Lieberman’s part in the culture wars, his sanctimonious rebuke of President Clinton on the floor of the Senate at the start of the impeachment charade, and his critical role as part of the so-called “Gang of 14” breaking Democratic resistance to putting Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court. Let’s jump straight to Lieberman’s December 6, 2005 speech where he rebuked his party:
Jane Hamsher is the founder of FireDogLake. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect.
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