I guess the mild-mannered, Henry Jekyll-like persona Joe Lieberman has been dining out on for years has finally been ripped aside, revealing the monstrous Hyde underneath, who cares not one iota about the needs of his political party, his state or his country. Now the truth is revealed: Lieberhyde cares only about himself.
True, it should have been obvious in 2000, when Lieberman was picked to be Al Gore's running mate in the presidential election--while still running for reelection as senator in Connecticut. This meant that his time was split between two seperate campaign trails, and while it's doubtful that, had Joe been more attentive, the Democrats would have scored a more decisive victory in Florida, we'll never really know. The main point was, Joe wasn't willing to risk his ass for his party--if he lost one election, he had the other as a backup. Clearly, Joe was taking care of Joe.
Still, at first, when Ned Lamont challenged Lieberman for the Democratic seat in the senate, largely over Lieberman's continued, baffling support for the invasion of Iraq, it was possible to take Lieberman seriously when he claimed he had voted for the war with his conscience, he was a proud and faithful Democrat who still felt he was a humble servant of the people, and all that tripe.
But when Lamont won the primary and Humble Joe announced his plan to run against Lamont as an independant--thus increasing the likelihood of a Republican victory--it couldn't have been more obvious: Joe wants to hold onto his sweet gig, and the hell with anyone who gets in his way.
And today, he is Hyde triumphant as he attacked Lamont: "If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a certain date, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again."
Ah, a new version of the Bushinista's imaginary Iraq-9/11 link. In no reality could Lamont's outrage against our prolonged presence in a country sinking deeper into civil war by seen as having ANYTHING to do with this alleged terrorist plot, but that won't stop Joe from saying it. When you start spouting lines that might as well have been scripted by Dick Cheney, it's time to admit you've left the ideals of the Democratic party pretty far behind.
It's time to take one for the team, Joe. Fall on your sword. Do it for your party, do it for your country, but for God's sake, do it.