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  •  It's the dishonesty (6+ / 0-)

     Lieberman claims to have opposed right-wing extremist judges, but rolled out the red carpet for Alito in his cloture vote, the vote that mattered.

      Then he voted against Alito on the floor, where he was a shoo-in to get confirmed.

       Joe wasn't interested in stopping Alito, who's now busily undermining Democratic values every chance he gets. Joe was interested in making it look like he wanted to stop Alito.

      It's a brand of rank dishonesty that's beyond the pale even for a politician. Especially a politician who's always sanctimoniously waxing about his religion and his morality.

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 05:08:55 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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      Except for the part about it being "beyond the pale even for a politician." To me it seems like  completely ordinary, run-of-the-mill, everyday dishonesty that for the most part doesn't even get noticed. A politician distorting his record: so what else is new?

      Rabid lamb spewing venom.

      by Red Bean on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 06:48:59 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think it's ordinary (2+ / 0-)
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         Most politicians who distort their records do so to appear more centrist than they really are. This is especially true of rightwingers (I'm looking at you, John McCain), but the left does it too. But there's usually no real question about where a particular politician lands on the ideological spectrum.

         But Lieberman is a rightwinger who's trying to pass himself off as center-left. His committee and procedural votes are carefully crafted to enable a right-wing agenda to go through, while his floor votes are calculated to give the impression that he tried to stop it.

         John McCain might try to sound moderate on occasion, but he sure as heck doesn't vote moderate -- quite the opposite. Joe Lieberman actually votes against the values of his nominal party -- but tries to conceal it by window-dressing his record with meaningless stocking-stuffer floor votes. That kind of practice, IMHO, is more deceptive -- it's the source of the talking point by Lieberman apologists that "he voted reliably Dem most of the time".

         He's finally being called out on it.

        "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

        by Buzzer on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 06:59:27 PM PDT

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        •  He has lots of company (2+ / 0-)
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          gogol, Heart of the Rockies

          Twenty-five Democrats voted against cloture, the vote that mattered when Alito was up for confirmation. Forty-one Democrats and one Republican voted against confirmation, which we know was a sideshow. Do you think that Lieberman is the only one who's going to claim that he voted against Alito? How about Chafee, Lieberman's Republican neighbor who voted the same way? He's guaranteed to try to the same ploy, wouldn't you say?

          I'm with you all the way on the notion that Lieberman votes right and talks left when he has to win a primary. And he's shameless. OK, sneaky, as you suggest. But not unique.

          Rabid lamb spewing venom.

          by Red Bean on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 07:16:28 PM PDT

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