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Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Lieberman Embraces Extremist Right Wing Radio Host

Greg Sargent, who is doing some of the best work covering this campaign, caught Joe Lieberman on Glenn Beck's radio show this morning making some really quite astounding comments, even for Joe.

Joe agreed with Glenn that we are currently in World War III:

BECK: Why is it there aren't more politicians saying, Guys, this is World War III. We are in deep trouble.

LIEBERMAN: Yeah, I mean, I don't know the answer to that...Everything you just said about the Middle East is right.

Joe agreed with Glenn that weapons of mass destruction were not the reason we invaded Iraq:

BECK: I've been saying this before we even went into Iraq, that we're trying to change the face of the Middle East. The weapons of mass destruction was a nice side benefit. We were trying to go and pop the head of the snake in Iran. That's what we were trying to do. And I don't think anybody had the courage or could actually come out and say that with world politics the way they are.

LIEBERMAN: Well, you're right. And I think if I fault the administration for anything before the war -- 'cause I think we did the right thing in going in to overthrow Saddam -- it's that they oversold the WMD part of the argument....

Most shockingly, Joe said he considered Glenn a "friend" of whom he was "proud":

LIEBERMAN: Thank you, Glenn. We are pround of you, friend. Keep on going.

For those unfamiliar with Joe's "friend," Media Matters has helpfully compiled some of his most outrageous statements.

On families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "[T]his is horrible to say, and I wonder if I'm alone in this -- you know, it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year."

On Hurricane Katrina survivors who remained in New Orleans: "And that's all we're hearing about, are the people in New Orleans. Those are the only ones that we're seeing on television are the scumbags -- and again, it's not all the people in New Orleans. Most of the people in New Orleans got out! It's just a small percentage of those who were left in New Orleans, or who decided to stay in New Orleans, and they're getting all the attention."

Discussing disclosures from a caller who claimed to have tortured prisoners in U.S. custody: "I've got to tell you, I appreciate your service. ... Good for you. Good for -- I mean, good for you. Is it because you did it for the country? ... I have to tell you, when all is said and done, I'm glad people like you are on our side."

On filmmaker Michael Moore: "Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong?"

On the father of Nick Berg, American civilian executed in Iraq: "The want to be a better person today than I was yesterday says he's a dad, he's grieving, but I don't buy that. I'm sorry, I don't buy it. I think he is grieving, but I think he's a scumbag as well. I don't like this guy at all."

Beck also recently compared DNC Chairman Howard Dean to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and said that Ned Lamont's victory would mean the "death of the Democratic Party."
Yikes! Is there a snowball's chance in Tampa that this story will be covered by talking-head media?
FWIW, Glenn Beck was, once upon a time, the morning drive DJ on KC101 in New Haven. How he went from spinning Backstreet Boys CDs to his current situation is beyond me.
I've never understood how Lieberman and so many other pols get away with going on the Imus show and kissing up to that nasty old creep.
Lieberman will be on Imus in the Morning on Wed at 7:29 am. You can listen online (and watch on MSBNC?).
Also, here's the audio of the interview with Beck, starting with Joe fawning over him.
Why Can't We Touch This!?

Whoa! you guys, we're so happy your man got in. But what about the Clinton half of Lieber-Clinton, hmm.....

Lieberman was a small time, local politician and much less of a threat to democracy than the intimidating, many-tenacled, Clinton machine in it's long history of assault on DEMOCRATIC principles. In spite of the mock "reprimand," the mock martyrdom and the Monica sham of the 90's, Bill Clinton was acquitted and walked away with the whole toy-chest. He was a man for all corporate sponsors and Lieberman's hero, god and guru. The timeline for his involvement in Iraq's "WMDs" while George was still fiddling around is beyond contravention; it's not only fair but chronologically indisputable, to say the insurgency was weaned on Clintonomics.

It's sad commentary that so few journalists have dared to challenge the Tasini effort in N.Y. quietly standing by his burial under Hill & Bill's trucks of corporate gifts that keep on giving.

Lieberman was, an infinitely easier target. This is tragic for democracy and a shameless "cop out" for those who profess to defend it.
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