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Joe Lieberman didn't campaign for John McCain in 2008 because he's a selfish, whiny, unprincipled back-stabber. According to the new book Game Change, he did it because the Democrats hurt his oh-so-tender feelings:

McCain phoned Lieberman after their Thanksgiving 2007 visit to Iraq.

New Hampshire is going to be everything for me, he said. And there's a lot of independents who are going to vote in the primary. I want to ask if you'd think about giving me your support. If you can't, I'll understand. You're in enough trouble with your party already, but I know it would help me out a lot.

Give me a couple of days to think it over, Lieberman replied. It's a big step, but you know how I feel about you. We've been through a lot together and particularly on the war.


On the other hand, not a single Democratic candidate had asked for Lieberman's endorsement, not even his fellow Connecticut senator, Chris Dodd.

For all the distance between him and his party, Lieberman still found that level of ostracism surprising - and painful, very painful.

Gee. Can't imagine why Lieberman would feel so ostracized by his party. Maybe it's because he ran against his party's nominee for the Senate in 2006. Maybe it's because he gave big ol' smooches to President Dubya. Maybe it's because he warned that a Democratic supermajority would be bad for America.

Or maybe it's because he is, and always has been, all about Joe Lieberman.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:18 PM PST.

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  •  Joe Lieberman (22+ / 0-)

    is flippy floppy flappy nasally whiny unprincipled self-fellating disgusting example of a human being.

    But I digress.

  •  f him (3+ / 0-)
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    nonnie9999, psilocynic, geminate

    Show me on the doll where Rahm touched you

    by mydailydrunk on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:21:38 PM PST

  •  Twenty bucks says... (4+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat, psilocynic, nellgwen, geminate will soon be shown that, in fact, most or ALL of the Democratic candidates knelt before Traitor Joe asking for his endorsement, and he turned them all down when they wouldn't meet his exorbitant demands for political favors in exchange for his blessing.

    What a little turd.

    "Don't worry! Our Health Care Bill is going to a big farm, where it will have plenty of room to run around!" --attributed to Barack Obama

    by AdmiralNaismith on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:22:16 PM PST

    •  Somehow, I don't picture Franken pining for (4+ / 0-)
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      rhp, goodasgold, nonnie9999, MNGlasnant

      Joe's endorsement.

      They only call it Class War when we fight back.

      by lineatus on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:24:44 PM PST

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      •  I meant the Presidential contenders (0+ / 0-)

        Although even a liberal like Franken, in a state far from Connecticut, might well have done so, both to be polite and to show the ability to get along with a wide variety of politicians.

        A Nelson or a blue dog like that could do a world of good, giving a nod to a liberal Democrat, going to a suburb or swing precinct and telling the undecideds, "You know I buck heads with the liberal wing when they're out of line, but I'm proud to support Candidate Lefty here. He'll represent the good of the party and your state, not just what the extremists want."

        Too bad the blue dogs don't ever do that. It would do our best candidates a lot of good, and would inspire reciprocation.

        "Don't worry! Our Health Care Bill is going to a big farm, where it will have plenty of room to run around!" --attributed to Barack Obama

        by AdmiralNaismith on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:30:18 PM PST

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    •  I doubt it (2+ / 0-)
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      nonnie9999, Matt Z

      The first thought I had reading this, is that the reason no Dem presidential candidate asked for Lieberman's endorsement is they knew it wouldnt matter at all in the general, which turned out to be the case.

      •  I'll bet Hillary asked. (0+ / 0-)

        I'll bet, towards the end, she begged him. And got told to go jump in the lake. And she wasn't the only one to ask.

        He names Dodd particularly. That means Dodd asked him.

        "Don't worry! Our Health Care Bill is going to a big farm, where it will have plenty of room to run around!" --attributed to Barack Obama

        by AdmiralNaismith on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:32:02 PM PST

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        •  Dodd probably (0+ / 0-)

          asked unHoly Joe because he's the other senator from CT. Although I'd expect Dodd to be smart enough to not expect 'yes' from a schmuck like Lieberman.

          (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

          by PJEvans on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:45:23 PM PST

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    •  I'm surprised Obama didn't (0+ / 0-)

      considering that Lieberman was mentioned several times as Obama's mentor in his first few years in the Senate.  But then, Obama and every other figure in the party finally endorsed Lamont in the 2006 Senate fight, so if no one asked for Lieberman's endorsement is was most likely because they knew how pissed off he was over that rather than thinking his endorsement would hurt them in some way.  

      I don't like Lieberman, but I wouldn't have held it against my candidate of choice if Joe had endorsed him or her.  And I doubt many others would have either.

      •  Finally, maybe, but (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama Endorses Lieberman for Senate

        "I know that some in the party have differences with Joe," Senator Obama said, all but silencing the crowd. "I'm going to go ahead and say it. It's the elephant in the room. And Joe and I don't agree on everything. But what I know is, Joe Lieberman's a man with a good heart, with a keen intellect, who cares about the working families of America."

        Then, with applause beginning to build, he finished the thought: "I am absolutely certain that Connecticut's going to have the good sense to send Joe Lieberman back to the United States Senate."

        Because Joe was gonna be with us on healthcare.

        •  Obama endorses Lamont (1+ / 0-)
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          "Obama endorsed the pro-war Lieberman over anti-war insurgent Lamont in last year's Democratic Primary.

          Two weeks after Lamont announced his U.S. Senate bid in March 2006, Obama flew to Connecticut to loudly endorse Lieberman."  

          We should have seen center-right Obama coming from a mile away.

          •  As did Bill Clinton. As did Hillary Clinton (0+ / 0-)

            As did Christopher Dodd. As did Barbara Boxer. And like Obama, they all went down to Connecticut to campaign for Lieberman. I remember it well

            After the primary, they all got behind Lamont. Maybe not enough as they should have but they still did.

            Don't try to single out Obama for endorsing Lieberman and campaigning for him. Basically all the Democratic establishment coalesced behind Lieberman (John Kerry being a notable exception) during the primary.

      •  Obama Didn't (2+ / 0-)
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        AdmiralNaismith, El Tomaso

        "...But then, Obama and every other figure in the party finally endorsed Lamont in the 2006 Senate fight..."

        Oh, would that were true, but it isn't.  Obama never made a public announcement supporting Lamont.  He even made no effort to campaign for Lamont in October 2006 when it might have made a serious difference, choosing to campaign in Massachusetts for Kerry, skip a day doing God knows what, and then campaign in New York for Clinton.  That missing day was very telling.  It hurt here in CT worse than you can possibly imagine, particularly because Lamont was being slimed by the local media while it gave Joe a pass on everything.  Obama could have made a major difference in the turnout for the election in places like Hartford and especially Bridgeport and Norwalk, which just might have helped Dianne Ferrell win against Chris Shays.

        "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

        by PrahaPartizan on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 08:59:57 PM PST

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        •  What? A bit of revisionist history? (0+ / 0-)

          I remember that campaign. Back then, Obama was the guy who made the great speech at the 04 convention with the funny name. (he was a senator too, Michigan or Illinois or someplace near Chicago, some were saying he might run for president?)

          I don't particularly remember the local media (who pays attention to the New Haven Register, The Hartford Current, The Connecticut Post, T.V station's 3,8,30,61 anyway?) trashing Lamont, at least with any really damaging stuff. What I do remember was the Lamont campaign running a crappy post primary campaign, with really awful media. They started in August with 40% of the vote and they ended up with 40% in November. They totally failed to make the easy equation at the time that Joe Lieberman=George W. Bush. At that point many non participant Dems in CT still liked Lieberman. But if the Lamont team had just plastered that picture of Bush smacking a juicy one on Joe's cheek, who knows what might have happened.

          So don't be jumping ugly on the president about this one.  The Lamont team had no one else but themselves to blame.

    •  Let us not forget: Connecticut for Lieberman (2+ / 0-)
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      AdmiralNaismith, aliasalias

      Connecticut for Lieberman is a Connecticut political party created by twenty-five supporters of Senator Joe Lieberman.

      Not, Lieberman for Connecticut, mind you.

      Probably chosen so that with alphabetical order Lieberman's name would be on the top of the ballot, but still telling.

      It's all about Joe, not Connecticut, the Democrats or U.S. voters.

      It's all about Joe.

    •  He typifies the public image of a "Bad" Democrat (1+ / 0-)
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      Sanctimonious.  Holier-than-thou.  Unable to relate.  Elitist.  Really we'd be doing ourselves a favor by kicking him out of the caucus, especially now that 60 votes is an irrelevancy.  It would show the public that we favor integrity over votes.  Sadly, it will never happen until such time as the R's take over (God forbid) and Joe makes his ultimate act of treachery by switching sides himself.

      "When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

      by JIffyboy on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 08:01:30 PM PST

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  •  this guy is destined (13+ / 0-)

    to have his name go down with the likes of Bennedict Arnold and Aaron Burr.

    I will never forgive this man for siding with McCain and the GOP when the progressive chips were down.

    I have more repsect for Arlen Specter.

  •  I'm sure he's not worried about reelection (5+ / 0-)

    after all, he'll be in office until the end of the world in December, 2012.

    •  He'll have a fat job waiting on K Street (3+ / 0-)
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      nonnie9999, Nespolo, nellgwen

      It's a least they can do for him for all he has done for them.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:24:28 PM PST

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      •  My guess is Lieberman (0+ / 0-)

        is hoping that the Rethugs take back the senate, then he'll switch sides.

        I'm not so sure that he won't be running in '12, but only if its a sure thing. Remember, Lieberman is not much of risk taker when it comes to his beloved senate seat. (He made accepting the vice presidential nomination conditional on his being on the ballot for re-election in 2000)

        I know he's not a particularly rich guy, at least compared to other senators, so maybe K Street is in his future. But then he'd have to "work" for a living and he wouldn't get invited on Fox News or MTP anymore. Ultimately, I think,  Joe loves the attention more than anything.  Even if he is the almost most hated man in America.

    •  Nahhhhhhhh (0+ / 0-)

      He'll probably be the next PM of Israel.

  •  The ONLY (8+ / 0-)

    good thing about Gore losing is we didn't have to spend eight years listening to that whiny freakazoid.

    He was almost enough to keep me from voting for Gore.

    •  Well, Tipper and Joementum would have been (0+ / 0-)

      whining about sex and violence in video games, not raining down shock and awe on Iraq.

      Though he would have gotten all tough talking on OBL and probably on Iran....

      Just to clear the decks. I own no monkeys.

      by Misterpuff on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:52:11 PM PST

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  •  It not ostracization when you quit. (3+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, nonnie9999, geminate

    Because of people like Sarah Palin we need the word retarded to explain what's happening in America - Bill Maher

    by psilocynic on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:23:07 PM PST

  •  And it still didn't stop the spineless Dems from (5+ / 0-)

    giving him whatever he wanted.

    They only call it Class War when we fight back.

    by lineatus on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:23:18 PM PST

  •  the Incompetency of Coakley ended the tyrannical (1+ / 0-)
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    reign of Lieberman ended 19-01-2010.

    we are going to have the last laugh ..yet..just wait for the election of 2012

  •  Congratulations to Joe Lieberman, (8+ / 0-)

    this year's recipient of the Newt Gingrich Trophy for Sniveling Douchebag of the Year.

  •  Liebermn Ran Agnst th Lieberman for Ct. Nomnee? (2+ / 0-)
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    nonnie9999, JML9999

    I didn't know there IS anyone else in Lieberman's party to snub him.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:25:40 PM PST

  •  This guy really needs to be made a footnote (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, nonnie9999

    to borrow a quip from Lindseypoo

    Afghanistan:Graveyard to empires-It's not just a bumpersticker

    by JML9999 on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:25:56 PM PST

  •  it always was and always will be... (5+ / 0-)

    all about joe...

    larger version

    there's no argument about that!

    larger version

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:26:13 PM PST

  •  Face it. He's a big, fat fuckhead. (0+ / 0-)

    JL deserves to be given full credit.

    My favorite color is orange, love long walks on the beach, and I enjoy kicking Republicans right in their canards!

    by MacJimi on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:32:19 PM PST

  •  Is this "book" of political gossip (1+ / 0-)
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    Miss Blue

    really worth discussing on the front page?

  •  Neither McC or JL Grasped That He's Not a Dem nt (1+ / 0-)
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    True North

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:37:04 PM PST

  •  Oh god (2+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, panicbean

    And I was already feeling queasy.  Like we need a front page post on this piece of slime.

    Silence is the enemy - Green Day 4360+ dead - Bring them home

    by Miss Blue on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:38:57 PM PST

  •  Joe - the pol I dislike most (0+ / 0-)

    That twit from tundras - the pol I despise most.

    Between birthers, deathers and mouth-breathers, the gop has got 'teh crazy' and 'teh stoopid' covered.

    by amk for obama on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:40:57 PM PST

  •  Technically, he's a (0+ / 0-)

    wizened, shrimpy cry-baby.

  •  I so tire of all mentions of Lieberman, (1+ / 0-)
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    the Alfred E. Newman of national politics. We would all be better off if everyone just ignored the sniveling little piece of excrement.

  •  Asking for his endorsment would be like (0+ / 0-)

    asking for foot fungus.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 06:47:05 PM PST

  •  Although Lieberman has a (0+ / 0-)

    lack of allegiance to his party, he is not unlike every other politician on both sides of the isle. They are all in it for themselves. Money and power rule the day on capitol hill and it is aimed at congressional pockets and re-electability. Sad day when you can't find a Statesman in any of the 535 seats of congress.

  •  I found it very surprising... (2+ / 0-)
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    crankyinNYC, Matt Z

    ...that when I spit in the face of the mailman and urinated in the mailbox the mailman seemed to want to distance himself from me.

  •  No wonder he supported the war. (2+ / 0-)
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    crankyinNYC, Matt Z

    How can anybody appreciate the gravity of soldiers fighting, dying, being maimed for life, when that person's own concept of "painful, very painful," is not being asked for your personal endorsement.  Man, I'm glad I wasn't around when his first teenage crush broke his heart.  911 must have hated him.

  •  Maybe Dems tried to send Lieberman an (0+ / 0-)

    e-mail, but his tech guru guy couldn't handle it.

    "the work goes on, the cause endures .. "

    by shpilk on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 07:45:50 PM PST

  •  Been a while since I could post this! (1+ / 0-)
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    "the work goes on, the cause endures .. "

    by shpilk on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 07:47:25 PM PST

  •  Irrelevant, but... (0+ / 0-)

    wtf?  WHY are there TWO Branstad ads on here?  

    I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.

    by adamsmo on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 08:14:46 PM PST

  •  Lieberman reminds me of a Disney Villain (2+ / 0-)
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    ornerydad, Matt Z

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 08:20:07 PM PST

  •  One reason it's so important that the Dems (0+ / 0-)

    kick Holy Joe off of his chairmanship is because that's where he's getting his campaign money from. Go to open for the complete details, but here's the gist in a nutshell.
      Holy Joe is chair of the Armed Services Comm., and the Homeland Security Comm. So big corporate donor is, surprise, United Technologies of Connecticut. If Joe's out of those committees, he's of little use to UTC.
      Perhaps even more importantly, in terms of obama's jobs strategy, Holy Joe is on the small business committee. Where he's in a position to kill legislation that helps to generate about 40 percent of the new jobs in the economy. Dumping holy joe off these chairmanships should have been a no-brainer, long ago. Once holy joe started stabbing the Dems in the face as well as the back, the removal should have followed immediately.
      Holy Joe still gets 86 per cent of his money from small donors. But two of the top 5 corporate donors are already casualties of the "depression in recession's clothing"--the once mighty securities firms Bear, Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Drying up his top five corporate donors would help dry up about 14 percent of his donor base.
      And once the large number of retired donors to Lieberman are reminded that Holy Joe is jumping in the bathtub with the Republican Party to kill off Social Security, it should occur to them that they are voting against their own social security checks.

  •  Shocking level of ignorance and small-mindedness (0+ / 0-)

    This reveals a shocking level of ignorance and small-mindedness on Joe's part. How could he not expect exactly what he got in return for spitting in our faces so many times? The rest of the Party are people too, Joe! We have opinions and fears and desires and dreams JUST LIKE YOU!

    YOU DON'T RESPECT US, so now you are alienated from us, a natural occurrence when you treat us the way you have.

    Conservative thinking in a nutshell: "There is a hole in the boat and it's sinking! Don't let that guy fix the hole because he's gay!"

    by Joshua Lyman on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 08:38:50 PM PST

  •  Droopy Dog reminds me a lot of Nixon. (0+ / 0-)

    The same self-pity and clumsy attempts to be liked. The paranoid world view, in which, he, Holy Joe, is single handedly struggling, in order to do the right thing.
    Nixonian lying and back stabbing.

    Unfortunately, as far as I know, Droopy Dog never instituted a secret taping system in his office.

  •  Sore Sore Loserman (0+ / 0-)

    Honestly, has there ever been a more unctuous, self-righteous asshole in modern American political history?

    I mean other than John McCain.

    These are the people that inevitably wore the taped on "Kick Me" papers on their backs when they were in grade school and then spent the rest of their lives making the rest of the world pay for it.

    Oh yeah: "Get off my lawn!"

    " ... or a baby's arm holding an apple!"

    by Lavocat on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 09:08:59 PM PST

  •  Will (0+ / 0-)
    Will CT put LIE-berman back in the Senate? After all the Damage he has DONE. Rohm  EMANUAL will for sure out there trying to get LIE-berman re-elected. thay are both alike Obama might as well have LIE-berman as his Chief of staff as Emanual. Both are out to Desreoy the Pro. DEMS.
  •  There comes a point... (0+ / 0-)

    ...when you drift soo far to the right, that you are just not a democrat anymore...everything else from his side, including claims of "hurt feelings" are empty rhetoric, the truth is: he had made his bed with the GOP intentionaly and deliberately...I agree with you, he's just posturing with this kind of complaint.

  •  Fuck you Joe (0+ / 0-)

    So you got your "revenge" by refusing to support something you were an advocate of (reducing medicare age to 55) just to get even with losing a primary?  Go fuck yourself and your senator's job.

    The shortest distance between two points is never a straight line.

    by noofsh on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 06:25:13 AM PST

  •  An Unhealthy Obsession (0+ / 0-)

    Bashing Joe Lieberman and various "Blue Dogs" has become an unhealthy obsession on various liberal blogsites, especially DKOS.  The reality is that Lieberman is a minor factor and distraction - I suspect the bashing feeds his ego.

    Last summer the air waves were dominated by opposition to the Obama agenda and the Tea Party movement grabbed headlines for months.  Instead of mass counter-mobilizations there was zilch from liberals.  Instead there was a toxic combination of self-congratulation and trimphalism, as if the 2008 election had really cemented in a liberal majority and the revolution could now turn to purging its deviants.

    The strength of progressives has always rested on two pillars: 1) promoting facts and issues to build long term change in popular mindsets, e.g. universal health care; 2) a healthy recognition that the best coalition for achieving your goals is the broadest one possible.  That is what brought about change in the 1930's and 1960's, and it happened with pragmatic politicos like Roosevelt and LBJ at the tiller - Presidents who I am sure would have been roasted on DKOS if the Internet had been around then.

    I would rather see people treat Lieberman with respectful disagreement and leave it at that.  Then spend energies understanding why people voted for Lieberman and marshaling an effort to bring them back on board.

    Obama is a good role model.  He had a very tough primary with Hillary and by the end of the day people on DKOS were saying things about her that mirror what they currently say about Lieberman.  Obama didn't listen to the naysayers and he made his peace with Hillary and she is now one of his most effective cabinet secretaries.

    Joe Lieberman is not the devil.  He is not even the real enemy here.  He won election because a greater number of people in Connecticutt bought his agenda over his opponent.  That is democracy in action.  The way forward is to analyze what happened and why, what issues he used to be successful, and keep educating people as to why those positions are not in their interest as workers and citizens.

    Despite their touting of the poll numbers, the conservatives remain flummoxed and out of gas, reduced to reworking William F. Buckley credos.  But liberals also often seem caught in a time warp these days.  They turn someone like Lieberman into a great white whale, while meanwhile we are losing a Senate seat in Massachusetts.

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