The vicious poodle

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Club

I was ruminating - as I often do after a nice walk, slurp of puddle water, and a biscuit - about the dust up over Lewinsky, Lieberman, and that unfortunate e-mail from Lamont that to the untrained eye looks like one whopper of a flip-flop.

Two Lamont quotes really got me hot on the collar. The first, reported in the NYTimes has Lamont referencing Joe's Lewinsky speech and saying, "You don't go to the Senate floor and turn this into a media spectacle." http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/08/com.html?_r=180ref=slogin Yeah, that whole Lewinsky thing was really about to drop off the news page before Joe took to the floor. If I recall people had almost completely forgotten about, what was her first name? That's right Monica. As I think back to the summer of '98, America was positivley riveted over the new fall television season and the premiere episode of "Celebrity DeathMatch." (God, I wish they had TIVO back then!) Then Joe had to ruin it. He had to remind us that our President was facing impeachment.

The second, was Lamont's take on what he would have done. That's the one that really ticked me off. "You go up there, you sit down with one of your oldest friends and say, 'You're embarrassing yourself, you're embarrassing your presidency, you're embarrassing your family, and it's got to stop,'" said our courageous Senate hopeful. news:yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_el_se/connecticut_senate

You know, he hasn't even cast his first vote and he's already behaving like he's in the old boys' network - the Senate "Club."

"What I would do, is I'd sit down privately with Senator Stevens and I'd say 'Ted, we really don't need to spend $13 gazillion on a bridge in Tundra Blossom, Alaska to an uninhabited island known only for its perrin poop. You're embarrassing yourself with this and the other 13,000 pork barrel projects in this bill. You've got my support Ted, because, you know we've been, like, friends for 19 days. But I just wanted you to know how I felt. Wow, I feel much better now that I got that off my chest.'"

You see, Ned, that's the problem with the Senate. These guys would rather privately tell their friends in the Club that something is wrong over taking a stand.

The fact is that 8 years ago, Joe Lieberman kind of saved the Democratic Party. He showed average Americans that Democrats had a conscience and that certain behavior was reprehensible, even if it was the behavior of someone we loved, admired and respected. He gave us a path back to normalcy. Joe's speech was the reason he was selected by Al Gore to fix his problem - his association with a president who had become too controversial.

The sad thing is that Ned was right to praise Joe 8 years ago. And he would have done himself good not to flipflop this past week - not just because flipflops look bad, but because he could have elevated himself to be something greater than a contrarian.

Oh, well, back to Celebrity DeathMatch.

- The Vicious Poodle

8 Comments:

  • Jim,

    I couldn't agree more with both of your blogs. Lamont is right about the war, but hopeleslly overmatched and naive on everything else. The Clinton flip flop is scary, because he thinks he can get away with anything, regardless of the truth, the facts, etc.

    Ken

    By Blogger ken, at 6:12 AM  

  • I agree. I have never been with Joe about the war. But I totally respect the way he makes decisions and conducts himself as a Senator. If there is no room in the Democratic Party for Joe Lieberman, lord help us.

    The Vicious Poodle

    By Blogger The Poodle, at 8:25 AM  

  • You guys sound as smug and sanctimonious as Joe.

    Joe was a pompous ass in lecturing Clinton about a blow job and then turning around and lecturing other Democrats that by criticizing Bush about Iraq that they place the nation in "peril"...how dare he tell me what I should think and say in a free country.

    How can you even begin to justify that kind of hypocrisy. Is a blowjob really more important then the deaths of 100,000 civilians in Iraq, the setting off of a civil war, an inflaming of the Middle east and a rise in terrorism --all things that Joe enabled by wholeheartedly supporting this moronic war.

    I think Joe and you guys have a really twisted perspective and ordering of morals.

    This doesn't even begin to cover Joe's other sanctimonious incidents like his suggesting that falsified military ballots were okay in the 2000 election after the deliberate exclusion of minorities by Bush-Cheney in the Florida voter rolls.

    Or how about his failure to stop ridiculous accounting practices by blocking accounting reform sought by the FASB.

    Or how about his lecturing on his strong oversight capabilities after approving "heckuva job Browinie" as head of FEMA in record time.

    This nation can take only so much of Lieberman's piety...I wonder how shocked you will feel when Lieberman decides to caucus with the GOP after winning the election.

    By Blogger lerxst, at 8:32 PM  

  • Lurkster,

    You seem annoyed that Joe voted on Borwnie getting into office, but are you now also talking into the mirrow when you want to get Ned Lamont into office--he IS woefully inexperienced for the job. Unless you count his two year stint as a hiccup selectman--and if you do, then you have to count his pro-republican vote 80% of the time.

    EIGHTY PERCENT! That's horrific.

    Even on garbage can issues--as important to the nation and world as they be--Ned is a republican at heart.

    Has he no shame? Have you no shame? Are you so two-faced, arguing against what your trying to do?

    As I've said before Kos is pulling a brownie and the brownie's name is Lamont!

    Tsk.

    By Blogger SeedFreak, at 6:03 AM  

  • I guess you can't respond to the deep hypocrisy of Lieberman chastising Clinton over a blowjob but not Bush over deaths of 100,000 civilians and starting a civil war..

    tsk...

    By Blogger lerxst, at 5:08 PM  

  • Well, Lerxst, I don't disagree with you that a blowjob is worth 100,000 lives. I'm not sure anyone would disagree with that. I voted for Clinton twice and would vote for him again give the chance. But his behavior in the White House with Lewinsky cost Al Gore the election. Sure, Gore could have run a better race and we'll always have Florida - but there sure isn't anyone who voted FOR Gore because of the Lewinsky scandal, only people who voted against.

    No George Bush, no Iraq War. A pretty simple calculation. No Joe Lieberman, Iraq War still occurs.

    By Blogger The Vicious Poodle, at 5:52 AM  

  • Lieberman and Lamont deserve each other. Just another example of why every election's a choice of lesser evils... This pretty much describes how I think most of the middle feels: http://www.philalawyer.net/archives/platform_2006.phtml

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