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Monday, August 28, 2006
Monday Morning Round-Up
Short, more later...
- Iraq is still a disaster:
Violence in Iraq left nearly 50 people dead Monday in a suicide car bombing and clashes between Shiite militia and Iraqi security forces, a brutal contradiction of the prime minister's claim that bloodshed was decreasing.
The deaths followed a day of bombings and shootings on Sunday, when more than 60 people were killed across the country, from the northern city of Kirkuk to the capital Baghdad and down to the south in Basra. The dead included eight American soldiers, one of the deadliest weekends for the U.S. military in recent months....
The U.S. military said eight U.S. soldiers were killed Saturday and Sunday in and around Baghdad, seven of them by roadside bombs and one by gunfire. More than 2,600 U.S. military personnel have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press Count.
And Connecticut lost a brave Marine on Friday:
A marine from Connecticut was killed in combat Friday in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday.
Cpl. Jordan C. Pierson, 21, of Milford, died during combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Plainville.
- The Stamford Advocate summarizes the debate over what to call Joe Lieberman (R/CFL/Joe/Lieberman/DeFactoGOP/CON-LIE). The punch line? According to Dan Gerstein, the senator doesn't even know how to refer to himself:
"It's an unusual circumstance," Gerstein said. "He is a registered Democrat. . . . If he's asked his party affiliation, he'll say a Democrat. Clearly he is running as an independent candidate. He's a petitioning candidate. I think he'll present himself as a senator for all of Connecticut."
It makes perfect sense. Sen. Lieberman's party affiliation is as confused as the justification for his continued candidacy. He doesn't know what to call himself, because he doesn't know why he's still running. Or, rather, he does know, but doesn't want to admit it - he's running solely in order to hold on to power. In any case, Independent Party CT candidate John Mertens (who didn't make the ballot) is not too happy with the senator for using the "independent" label:
"He absolutely should not be using the word 'independent,' " Mertens said. "Technically someone who petitions onto the ballot is unaffiliated -- not independent. He has no affiliation whatsoever with the Independent Party. That gets my dander up."
Sec. of State Bysiewicz gets the last word:
Asked how Bysiewicz describes Lieberman's candidacy, her spokesman, Dan Tapper, said "he remains a registered Democrat but is now running as a petitioning party candidate under the Connecticut for Lieberman Party name."
Again, it's simple. Lieberman is now running against the Democrat. He is a "petitioning party candidate," not an independent or unaffiliated candidate. He chose to name his faux-party "Connecticut for Lieberman." Thus, as he desired to be, he now is the "Connecticut for Lieberman" candidate.