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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Joe Lieberman - The National Review's Pet Democrat

Via Attaturk at Arios' place
Over at the OpEdNews Jpol has a good rundown on Joe Lieberman. Not only is he a neocon but in fact he is a creation of the neocons.
Last week Joe Lieberman, Connecticut's Junior Senator currently defending his seat against a primary challenge from insurgent candidate Ned Lamont, reacted testily to charges that he is not a true Democrat. He told NBC's Chip Reid "if people question whether I'm a democratic, the democratic party is in trouble." Perhaps so, But it was conservative Republicans who helped put Joe Lieberman in the Senate in the first place, and Republicans, including some of the most strident and right-wing members of the GOP, have often praised him and allied themselves with him. He has rarely hesitated to ally himself with Republicans nor to heed their call when they have sought his help.

The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.
Back in late 2002 when the Bush Administration was anxious to sell war with Iraq, an organization was formed at the request of the Bush White House called "the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq." Its membership was composed primarily of hard-line Conserative Republicans, mostly of the Neocon persuasion. One of the few Democrats to sign on was Joe Lieberman who joined John McCain as Honorary co-chair. Other prominent http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/1458">members included Republican stalwarts George P. Schultz, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Robert Kagan, Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle, Bill Kristol, and James Woolsey.

Joe is a creation of the Republicans
Perhaps Joe Lieberman's affinity for Republicans and their causes has its roots in the fact that he made it to the Senate in the first place with a big assist from Republican notable William F. Buckley and his conservative publication The National Review. Buckley despised Connecticut's incumbent Senator Lowell Weicker, a liberal Republican who had split with many within his own party by calling for the impeachment of Richard Nixon following Watergate revelations. In 1988 Buckley resolved to rid the Senate of Weicker by aggressively supporting and helping to finance the campaign of then Connecticut Democratic Attorney General Joe Lieberman.
He gives a list of Lieberman supporters, a veritable who's who of wingnuttery:

  • Bill O'Reilly

  • Sean Hannity

  • Ann Coulter

  • Bill Kristol

  • and yes, George W. Bush himself

Joe doesn't sound much like a Democrat to me.

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