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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lieberman heads off the deep end

The events since Lieberman's primary loss have almost been surreal. Karl Rove gave him a call, while many prominent Democrats have gone on the record suggesting he throw in the towel. But Joe is all about Joe, and it looks like he's going to go Rove on this one-- it's win by any means necessary.

“If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England,” Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event at lunchtime in Waterbury, Conn. “It will strengthen them and they will strike again.”

This is exactly the same rhetoric we've been hearing from Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and the rest for years now, and it's as disgraceful as it is absurd. I suppose there's a whole lot of ego in there, too, if Lieberman actually thinks jihadists give a shit whether he's in office or not. What am I saying? Coming from a guy who named his new "party" Connecticut for Lieberman, of course there's a lot of ego involved.

I'd say he just cost himself a significant number of Democratic voters, and he certainly can't expect any support from Democratic politicians now.

UPDATE: In pointing out the criticism of Lamont as aiding terrorists that appeared on Wednesday, I need to add that when Cheney and Tony Snow made their statements, they were fully aware of the UK bomb plot-- and that the story was about to make the news. And who knows? Maybe that's what Karl Rove wanted to call Lieberman about before he used the same line about his opponent.