Wednesday, December 07, 2005



I was feeling great. I mean the Cossacks chased my grandfather out of Russia (luckily for him and his descendants) and the Republicans chased him out of Albany and here I was just a handful of decades later dancing at the White House. Lou Reed had just finished a great raucous set after a state dinner in the East Room for his pal Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic. One of my table-mates, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), had been seat dancing while mouthing the words to "Dirty Boulevard" ("Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on ’em/ That’s what the statue of bigotry says/ Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death/ And get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard...")

Yeah, I was feeling good. And then something awful happened. Tipper Gore's social secretary dragged Tipper up and introduced us and asked me if I would be supporting Al in the upcoming presidential race. I was so stunned to be confronted by someone I so thoroughly and passionately loathed that I hardly knew what to say. I mumbled something really lame like "Not if he's married to you" and that kind of ended the conversation quickly.

Later in the course of the campaign I found myself accepting kudos from many of my friends because a letter I had written was printed in the L.A. TIMES. I explained why I couldn't vote for Gore. By then-- in light of the hideous face of George W. Bush and the prospect of having to hear that ugly, ugly voice of the radio for 4 years-- I had forgiven him Tipper; after all we all make mistakes when we're young and in love. But Lieberman!!!! Gore wasn't young when he chose the worst possible candidate for vice president. Gore has come a long way since then and I'm hoping to be able to vote for him in 2008. He's grown a lot since then and he's not the kind of man now who would consider an asshole like Lieberman next time.

Lieberman was always a nightmare in politics because he is a nightmare as a person. He's a hypocrite to the extreme, a pious holier than thou power-player-- real mean, always with a big smile but with a dagger behind his back. He's one of the most furthest right Democrats and the most close to the Bush Regime neo-Cons of any elected Democrat in the country. He's made a career out of attacking fellow Democrats at the behest of the Far Right, as much a Benedict Arnold as the execrable Zell Miller.

Rumors have been flying that because of Rumsfeld's obvious mental and emotional "exhaustion," Bush is going to name Lieberman Secretary of Defense. That rumor seemed to solidify a bit today when the HARTFORD COURANT reported Lieberman calling for a "War Cabinet" and asking Democrats to get behind "our commander-in-chief."

Although he technically represents Connecticut in the U.S. Senate (as a Democrat) everyone in DC knows that Lieberman is actually the Likud Party rep in the U.S. government. His out-of-touch, ruthless and harebrained ideas are damaging not only to America but even to Israel who he thinks he's helping. Lieberman is unfit to be a U.S. Senator and unfit to be a Democrat. So he's perfect for Bush. The COURANT says he's "increasingly isolated in his own Democratic party because of his strong support for the Iraq war," and that he "called on the White House and congressional leaders to form a special 'war cabinet' to provide advice and direction for the war effort... Lieberman, whom the Bush administration has praised repeatedly for his war stance, defended the president. 'It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge he'll be commander-in-chief for three more years," the senator said. "We undermine the president's credibility at our nation's peril.'"


The Manchester Democratic Town Committee has had it with DINO turncoat Joe Lieberman. Have you noticed more and more people online have begun spelling the Connecticut senator's name LIEberman? In his home state, Democrats are finally fed up at perpetually playing third fiddle-- after the Likud and the Republicans-- for the attention of their senior senator. A growing list of complaints about Lieberman, particularly his rabid and delusional support for Bush's war and occupation, were brought up by Joseph Rafala, who said "It's discouraging as a Democrat. If you want to be a Republican, then switch over your affiliation and run as a Republican." There were no Lieberman defenders in the meeting and Town Chairman Ted Cummings said, "Ever since the senator kissed the president, his stock has been going down hill."

Chatter and buzz about a serious challenge to the right-wing Democrat from a genuine moderate or a progressive have been growing rapidly.

Meanwhile, today's NY DAILY NEWS ran a story by the extraordinarily well-connected Thomas DeFrank about the Rumsfeld leaving the Pentagon rumors. DeFrank reports that "White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday. Rumsfeld's deputy, Gordon England, is the inside contender to replace him, but there's also speculation that Sen. Joe Lieberman-- a Democrat who ran against Bush-Cheney in the 2000 election-- might become top guy at the Pentagon."


At 11:14 AM, Blogger KenInNY said...

Actually, moving Lieberman into Rummy's chair works all around, no? He couldn't be worse than Rummy as defense sec'y (while I'm the one who usually cautions against putting such propositions in the form of a challenge, I really think I'm on safe ground with this one), and gets him out of the Senate.

Of course this gets tricky if it doesn't happen in time to keep Lieberman from running for reelection--although Lowell Weicker has been talking about running against him if no one else will. If he's reelected and Connecticut Democrats don't come up with a persuasive candidate against Gov. Jodi Rell, then she gets to add a Republican vote in the Senate.



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