Thank God For Joe Lieberman

I really wish this man would go ahead and cross over to our party – the Dems want him to, as well.  Nevertheless, thank God at least one kind-of Democrat was willing to go on the record against the budgetary impact of creating a new entitlement in the current climate: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said [...]


Oh, how delicious, the howls of outrage emanating from Nutroots® land (by the way, I officially get credit for coining Nutroots® at Wikipedia now!) over the decision to let Lieberman keep his committee chair!  Let us get a small sample, for sheer entertainment value. The detestable Jane Hamsher (who coined her own phrase, “Rape Gurney [...]

Stories I’m Watching

I’ve got nothing good to blog about at the moment, so instead, here are three stories to watch for in the upcoming week: (1) Will GM get a lifeline?   There will be a lame duck session next week to consider a scaled-back stimulus and an automaker bailout.  The smart money says the votes aren’t [...]

How Soon Until Buyer’s Remorse Kicks In?

Will the ultra-liberal progressive blogs be able to stay in love with Barack Obama when he embraces their archenemy?  I’m talking about Joe Lieberman, of course – and it’s becoming more and more apparent that Obama is prepared to fight to keep him a Democrat: President-elect Barack Obama has informed party officials that he wants [...]

Hopeful Signs

I’m not blind to the obvious: President-Elect Obama has been named the most liberal senator two years running of 2007, and already, ‘progressive’ bloggers, magazines, columnists, and lobbyists are clamoring for a hard turn left.  There are encouraging signs, however, that Obama is not going to make the mistake of alienating further the almost half [...]

Musing On Obama’s Cabinet

Well, one name has surfaced already – Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff.  Some other possibilities I have heard or read include keeping Robert Gates as Defense Secretary (bipartisan gesture, continuity during time of war, acknowledgment that he has been much better than Rumsfeld), and Paul Volcker as a dark horse for Treasury Secretary (THAT [...]

Troopergate Shoe Falls, But Does Anyone Care At This Point?

McCain is so behind in the polls right now, and the economy is such an overwhelming issue, that presidential politics is almost an afterthought a mere three weeks or so before the election…but an Alaskan legislative panel has found that Sarah Palin abused her powers as governor by relentlessly pursuing the firing of a state [...]

As I Move From The “Approve” To The “Jury Is Still Out” Bucket…

…with respect to the Sarah Palin pick, I pledge to try to keep an open mind until her acceptance speech.  However, one ‘scandal’ that has been reported as fact is apparently not.  Sarah Palin appears to have never been a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, according to no less a far-left source than Mother [...]

No Convention Bounce?

Chris Bowers is worried: Right now, the best I can muster is that the convention just doesn’t feel right. Although I might be dangerously treading into “I know it when I see it” territory, I knew after Gore’s convention 2000 speech that he would get a bump, while I had a really bad feeling after [...]

What’s Behind The McCain Pro-Choice Feelers?

A lot of talk is flying on the Republican side of the 2008 election about McCain’s tentative information gathering on the feelings of Republican bigwigs and donors towards a pro-choice VP.  Multiple theories abound, but they can basically be gathered under two tents: he’s rehearsing for actually picking a pro-choice candidate, or he’s covering his [...]

Nutroots® Rule The Democratic Roost

Ryan Grim details a scenario that should be cause for concern for all moderate, non-’progressive’ liberals: the complete domination of Harry Reid by the likes of Matt Stoller and Kos. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been under weeks of pressure from liberal bloggers and members angry about a scheduled Democratic debate co-sponsored by [...]

If Ned Lamont Writes An Open Letter To Joe Lieberman In The Huffington Post…

…and a tree falls on a bear doing his ‘duty’ in the woods, does anyone hear it scream? Wait a minute, I think that was the advertising tag for the movie Alien, wasn’t it?…

Another Strong Defense Of The War From Lieberman

Really, George W. Bush should just hire Joe Lieberman to deliver his Iraq speeches – though it gets him pilloried on the left, he truly has been one of the war’s most eloquent defenders, and his latest is no exception: What is remarkable about this state of affairs in Washington is just how removed it [...]

Lieberman Says No Switch, But Leaves The Door Open A Crack

I said the latest spate of ‘Lieberman going GOP’ stories were much ado about nothing yesterday, and today Senator Lieberman used the exact same words to deny them – almost: U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman rejected speculation Friday that he would join the Republican Party, calling the notion “much ado about nothing.” Lieberman, I-Conn., told Time [...]

Lieberman Bombshell?

Or much ado about nothing? Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut told the Politico on Thursday that he has no immediate plans to switch parties but suggested that Democratic opposition to funding the war in Iraq might change his mind. Lieberman, a self-styled independent who caucuses with the Democrats, has been among the strongest supporters of [...]

Who Said It?

The quote: “Iraq is the central part of a larger and ultimately longer-term conflict in the Middle East between moderates and extremists, between democrats and dictators, between Iran- and Iraq- [sic - Syria was meant, I presume] sponsored terrorism and the rest of the Middle East. . . . Are we going to surrender to them, surrender [...]

Honorable Mention, 2006 Jackass Of The Year: Ned Lamont

Later this evening, I will name the 2006 Jackass of the Year, but there were so many contenders this year, I had to put in a few honorable mentions. The first goes to Ned Lamont. Joe Lieberman had worked up a mighty torrent of discontent in certain progressive circles, and, remarkably, he lost the Connecticut [...]

Lieberman: More Troops Needed

This is not going to endear him to the Kossacks: If Iraq descends into full-scale civil war, it will be a tremendous battlefield victory for al-Qaeda and Iran. Iraq is the central front in the global and regional war against Islamic extremism. To turn around the crisis we need to send more American troops while [...]

Lieberman’s Right, Hagel’s Wrong: Iran And Syria Will Not Help Us In Iraq

Tell me who sounds more realistic here: LIEBERMAN: I believe that America is a mighty enough nation that we should never fear to talk to anyone. But anyone who believes that Iran and Syria really want to help us to succeed in Iraq, I just is missing the reality. Asking Iran and Syria to help [...]

‘Neutered Lieberman’ Holds Court, Gets Standing ‘O’

One of the more laughable post-election assertions by either side came from our good buddy Kos: Lieberman has been neutered. If he leaves the caucus for short-term gain, he loses all leverage and power and harms his long-term interests. Yet he doesn’t stay in the caucus as a Democrat, but as an independent. And in [...]