Lieberman Twists the Knife Deeper in Democrats' Backs
August 4, 2008
Joe Lieberman's days in the Democratic caucus are numbered. Yesterday on Meet the Press, Lieberman practically admitted he will speak at the RNC convention, thereby completing his defection to the Republican party that began when he split with Dems to endorse John McCain. Host Tom Brokaw confronted Lieberman about our Lieberman Must Go petition, with over 51,000 signatures demanding the Steering Committee strip Lieberman of his Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairmanship in January 2009.
This wasn't the first time someone from the mainstream press has confronted Lieberman about this petition—the Lieberman Must Go movement to has only gained steam (and signatures) since we delivered the petition in Washington DC in early July. But to be sure, the Steering Committee will have an icreasingly difficult time ignorning this growing public outcry as more national news outlets call attention to Lieberman's ideological treachery.
Rather than heed the petition as a warning, Lieberman sealed his own fate. As Faiz Shakir noted over at Think Progress, by speaking at the RNC convention, Lieberman will basically endorse their platforms on everything from the environment to immigration to a woman's right to choose. How can the Steering Committee overlook Lieberman's hypocritical stances on these issues? What's more, how can they overlook such a glaring betrayal of the Democratic party?
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.