Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Breaking News - Developing Story! Website Rebukes Own Candidate

Lieberman’s Website Shuts Itself Down, Saying It Wants To Stay A Democrat

Site Wishes Candidate Well, But Can’t Back His Potential Independent Run

Sources have told The Garlic that, taking admitted drastic action, the website for Senator Joe Lieberman (D & R - CT) - www.Joe2006.com - shut it self down late last evening, saying it could not agree with Lieberman’s potential shift to Independent, saying it wanted to stay as a Democrat.

Lieberman campaign manager Sean Smith will not confirm that the website shut itself down, instead claiming that supporters of Lieberman’s challenger, Connecticut businessman Ned Lamont, have hacked the website and email system

Since late last evening, the site has displayed either a message of “Account Suspended” (which led Lamont backer and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga to speculate that someone on the Lieberman staff forgot to pay the web hosting bill) or "This account is currently under construction...please check back soon."

According to sources close to the Lieberman camp, computer experts, as well as a group of “MySpace-type teenagers” have been working on the servers that run the Lieberman website and came across code that offered the news that the website itself was balking at staying with Lieberman.

“The site made it clear,” said one source, “that it could no longer stay with the Senator ... It It was really spooky, like HAL in 2001, A Space Odyssey.

Along with Lieberman’s announcement, and filing of papers, that he may run as an Independent is he loses the primary to Lamont, the website cited a laundry list of “disenchantments” with the Senator, including the infamous kiss with President Bush, his criticism of fellow Democrats on confronting the President on his Iraq War policies, to Lieberman’s “Hail Mary Pass”, his sudden, and seemingly desperate, attempt this past weekend to offer a dissenting view on Iraq and distant himself from his otherwise closeness with President Bush

“This is about as bad as it gets,” offered David Aaronson, editor of 'What Color Is My Coat Today?', the Capital Hill Newsletter that tracks politicians who turn on their own party. “You have late campaign burnouts and defections ... even people that jump to other campaign but I don’t think we’ve ever seen, in this modern age, a website rebuking its’ own candidate.”

“It’s one thing, to be running a sinking ship - like Katherine Harris... But when your own website shuts down on you, on the eve of the election, saying it doesn’t agree with you or your policies, you can, pretty much throw in the towel ... You’ll be counting your votes on one hand ...”

Along with the messages for the website server about backing away from Lieberman, the website also told the experts working on it that it is the cousin to the website of former House Speaker, and indicted former Congressman Tom DeLay and that “they have been talking”

DeLay, and Texas Republicans lost in their effort to have the Supreme Court overturn lower courts, allowing the DeLay to be taken off the Texas ballot and replaced for the upcoming November election. DeLay indicated today that he will withdraw from the race and run as a “write-in” candidate

Senator Joe Lieberman (D&R - CT) may be the first candidate in the age of the World Wide Web to have his own website rebuke him and his policies, and shutting it self down on the eve of the election

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