Joe Lieberman is a Putz and a Scumbag!
Joe Lieberman, a True Man of Conscience
Fifteen years ago in Washington, D.C., I got talked into buying a ticket to a Lieberman fund raiser where I listened to him talk sanctimoniously out of both sides of his mouth, unctuously sucking up to a bunch of K Street corporation lobbyists. He struck me as untrustworthy then and nothing he's done since has changed my opinion. He's been a prominent member of the Democratic Leadership Council and among the farthest to the right of this group of center right democrats who are descendants of cold warrier Scoop Jackson, the Senator from Boeing. Contributors to the DLC include the international oil companies, military contractors and the ultra-right Bradley Foundation. It's safe to assume that these are major Lieberman contributors as well.
Lieberman was a leading early and vocal neocon supporter of Bush's unnecessary, foolish and costly invasion of Iraq. He ran and was elected as an independent after being defeated in the Democratic primary by a progressive Democrat.He supported McCain over Obama in 2008 and was a leading candidate for McCain's running mate until he was steam-rollered by Palin's Bible thumping supporters. Since he was re-elected to the Senate he has caucused with the Democrats but he goes along with the Republicans almost as often as he supports Democratic initiatives. Recently he has threatened to derail health care reform because of his opposition to the public option proposal supported by President Obama and most Democrats.
This Hub was inspired by an article in this week's Newsweek by Jonathan Alter entitled "Bazooka Joe Lieberman's comic health-care ploy." According to Alter, a decade ago Lieberman was a source of pride for most American Jews (who voted 78 percent for Obama). Now Jews are debating "why Joe is such a putz." In case anybody doesn't know what a putz is, it's a Yiddish word which loosely translates to the American "dickhead" or the Swedish "schlong" from Arthur D. Clarke Schlong, according to Uncyclopedia, or the German "schwantz." According to Alter, Lieberman is fooling himself if he thinks only hard core lefties (myself included) are the only ones mad at him. Everyone is tired of how the junior senator from Connecticut is giving acts of conscience a bad name as in his threat on Faux News that he would "as a matter or conscience" filibuster any health reform bill that contained a public option. Apparently he'd forgotten his earlier proposal that any American be allowed to "buy into a national health insurance pool like the federal insurance pool we federal employees and members of Congress have" which sounds suspiciously like the current public option proposals. Despite CBO estimates that this plan would save money, Lieberman says he's against it because of the deficit.
However, the deficit doesn't deter Lieberman from his gung ho support for escalation in Afghanistan. Like other neocons he thinks the principle at stake trumps short run deficit considerations. But when it comes to health care, restraining spending becomes a matter of conscience. Conscious didn't prevent him from getting up at the GOP convention and endorse Sarah Palin as fully qualified to be president. Senate colleagues say Lieberman is consumed by his resentment of liberals, and that defeat of health reform would be the fulfillment of a revenge fantasy. "History is littered with big moments that turned on the pettiness of small men." Lieberman is one of those petty, small men.
[I'm indebted to Jonathan Alter's column in Newsweek November 23, 2008 for much of this Hub.]
- MoveOn Hits $1 Million Mark In Anti-Lieberman Campaign
In less than two days time, the progressive action group MoveOn.org has raised more than $1 million for its campaign against Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.).
Colbert on Lieberman "From "Joe-mentum" to Joe-mentia"
- Colbert: Senile Lieberman Suffering From "Joe-Mentia" (VIDEO)
The Senate Health Care Bill dropped both the public option and the alternate plan that allowed 55 to 65-year-olds to buy into Medicare. As Stephen Colbert put it, "the only reform left in the bill is government mandated post-appointment lollypops."
The Lieberman Administration
- Matthew Yglesias Welcome to the Lieberman Administration
Looks like Lieberman is trying the old double-cross. Now he opposes the Medicare expansion compromise hed hinted he would support. Lieberman wants no public option, no trigger that might create a public option, and no expansion of existing programs.