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Bad lieberdog! BAD!

By Michael J. Smith on Wednesday August 16, 2006 12:45 PM

One James Boyce, a former PR guy for the Kerry campaign, has joined the chorus of scolds reprimanding Joe LIberman for his naughty behavior:
Senator Lieberman: Why Would You Let A Republican 527 Attack Group Work For You? (5 comments )

When Independent Senator Joe Lieberman "conceded" his loss in the primary, he fell back on an old inside-the-beltway favorite - blame partisan politics.

"I am disappointed not just because I lost, but because the old politics of partisan polarization won today. For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand.

I expect that my opponent will continue to do in the general election what he has done in the primary ... partisan polarizing instead of talking about how we can solve people's problems, insults instead of ideas. In other words, more of the same old partisan politics that has assailed Washington today. "

Well, now Joe Lieberman has a chance to put his money where his mouth is. Not only are Republicans working for him and giving him money, the worst form of slime in American politics today, the right wing 527 attack group, has slithered its way into Connecticut politics.

"Veterans For Freedom" a right wing 527 creation that falsely advertised itself as "non partisan" till a forced IRS filing on July 31, 2006 showed their true colors ran an ad this week praising Senator Lieberman....

Reverend Boyce then calls on Lieberman, in the sternest of pulpit tones, to Do The Right Thing. Like that's gonna happen.

What's with these guys? I still don't get it. This indignant posturing, this shadow-play of beating up on Lieberman -- what's the point? Are these poor liberal-schmiberals really shocked, shocked! that Lieberman isn't playing by the rules that they have internalized? Do they really believe their own propaganda about the Democratic Party as an institution -- particularly the bit about it being small-d democratic?

The geschrei-ers and gevalt-ers -- Sirota, Gitlin, Boyce, all of 'em -- ought to be concentrating their fire on the Party establishment, which is clearly hedging its Lieberman bets, and in many individual cases putting all the chips forthrightly on the LIberman square. But of course they can't do that -- it would be too much like attacking the institution itself.

I guess that's the real problem with the schola scoldorum -- they can't take in that Lieberman's non-defeat defeat says something quite damning about the strategy they embrace. That strategy begins with getting "progressives" nominated -- and look what happens when the first step succeeds. Presto, the rules of the game change!

Admitting you've been conned is quite difficult, of course, but it's a precondition of any kind of constructive response. Alas, it appears too difficult for Gitlin, and Sirota, and Boyce; they would rather waste their cyber-ink venting impotent and misdirected rage on an utterly indifferent target, and preaching political morality to a mad dog.

Comments (1)

js paine:

"preaching political morality to a mad dog"

there's a great climactic scene at the end of hawks original the thing

the prof sci wiz type
terrierish but nonetheles effete
tricked out
in his turtleneck sweater very lantos looking actually

well in very unlantoslike fashion

he races up to the hulking space
vegetable vampire
(played by gunsmokes matt dillon)
and tries to convince him
to stop all the kill or be killed insanity

"i know you're smarter than us
i know .."

blam with one arm swipe
the space cucumber blood sheriff
belts el nerdisimo
a dozen feet down the corridor

that was made in 1950

could have been henry wallace himself

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