Saturday, May 24, 2008

Biden Slaps Down McCain's Mini-Me

We had hoped that action would have been taken by now.

We suggested, in our most recent Garlictorial that Senator Joe Lieberman (R-I, CT) be drummed out of the Democratic Caucus, ala the television show, "Branded".

( Chuck Connors "dishonorably discharged from the service, his stripes and brass buttons removed and his sword broken in two")

We then pointed out how he has become McCain's attack dog, and how Bill Moyers noted that "Wherever McCain goes, Lieberman is sure to show up ..."

Well, Lieberman "showed up" on the Op-Ed pages of the Wall Street Journal this past week, in a senseless, meandering diatribe against Barack Obama and the Democrats, spewing Bush and McCain's talking points in "Democrats and Our Enemies";
In this, Sen. Obama stands in stark contrast to John McCain, who has shown the political courage throughout his career to do what he thinks is right – regardless of its popularity in his party or outside it.

John also understands something else that too many Democrats seem to have become confused about lately – the difference between America's friends and America's enemies.

There are of course times when it makes sense to engage in tough diplomacy with hostile governments. Yet what Mr. Obama has proposed is not selective engagement, but a blanket policy of meeting personally as president, without preconditions, in his first year in office, with the leaders of the most vicious, anti-American regimes on the planet.

Steve Benen, over on The Carpetbagger Report noted "Lieberman’s capacity to be a Republican hack knows no bounds".

Jonathan Chait, on TNR, had it as "The Zell Miller-ization of Joe Lieberman Continues"

Time to cue Senator Joe Biden (D-MD), riding to the rescue.

Biden slam-dunked Lieberman, and his pals, Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain, and The Commander Guy, but good, in his WSJ Op-Ed, "Republicans and Our Enemies";
Sen. Lieberman is right: 9/11 was a pivotal moment. History will judge Mr. Bush's reaction less for the mistakes he made than for the opportunities he squandered.

The president had a historic opportunity to unite Americans and the world in common cause. Instead – by exploiting the politics of fear, instigating an optional war in Iraq before finishing a necessary war in Afghanistan, and instituting policies on torture, detainees and domestic surveillance that fly in the face of our values and interests – Mr. Bush divided Americans from each other and from the world.

Because of the policies Mr. Bush has pursued and Mr. McCain would continue, the entire Middle East is more dangerous. The United States and our allies, including Israel, are less secure.

Beyond bluster, how would Mr. McCain actually deal with these dangers? You either talk, you maintain the status quo, or you go to war. If Mr. McCain has ruled out talking, we're stuck with an ineffectual policy or military strikes that could quickly spiral out of control.

It's amazing how little faith George Bush, Joe Lieberman and John McCain have in themselves – and in America.

We have called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take action.

There is no reason the Lieberman should remain a member of the Democratic Caucus for one-second longer.

And, if you want more ammo, check this out;

Liberal Pundits Offer Unprecedented Apology;
Alternate Universe Washington, DC (AUP)--An influential group of liberal pundits and political commentators has formed a new organization to apologize for their columns on Ned Lamont's 2006 challenge to Joe Lieberman (R - Forallintentsandpurposes) and to call for their own resignations.

The organization, "Repentant Villagers," announced today that it would be issuing formal apologies to hundreds of liberal bloggers, including Duncan Black, Jane Hamsher, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, Glenn Greenwald, and "Digby," acknowledging that the progressive blogosphere was right about Lieberman after all. "No one could have anticipated the breach of the party," said Jonathan Chait, senior editor of the New Republic. "But Lieberman's recent op-ed, calling the Democratic Party insufficiently pro-American, is just sheer barking lunacy. I could never have seen this coming two years ago when I was calling Lieberman's critics 'a pack of crazed, ignorant ideological cannibals,' and I'm deeply sorry. It looks like I turned out to be the truly ignorant one in the end."

If Lieberman has the courage (however misguided and ridiculous) to stand behind John McCain, than he needs to follow-up and officially put an "R" after his title

Blow up the bridge, so, after November, he can't come crawling back to the Dems.

Let him stand along the banks, naked, in the full GOP shame.

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