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  •  I don't think it's ordinary (2+ / 0-)
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    gogol, Kevskos

     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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