I’m pretty sure you won’t read many poison pen pieces on Joe Lieberman at this, the time of his retirement from the US Senate. As well, I won’t write one at this time either. But I would like to say that I don’t think he had a huge friend-base on both sides of the aisle. I think he was masterful in hedging his bets on both sides of the aisle.
Did you think I could keep away from this topic? PSYCH!
Dana Milbank of the Washington Post gives Joe a teary send off, in what is, due to the sentimentality and lack of facts, thankfully an opinion piece. It completely mishandles the reality of his 2006 primary loss, and how integral Dick Cheney and the RNC were in securing his re-election. It whitewashes how forcefully he has repeatedly stabbed his supporters, his electorate, in the back in the name of “principle”. It takes a pass on the depth of the sham of his “Independent Democrat” schtick. It also ignores how little he has done, how small he has been, in the way of public discourse since 2006 while all of his hated “partisanship” has been ravaging the nation. Much like his other Monday Morning Quarterback calls on issues like Monicagate and Iran, and Israel for that matter, his farewell speech is too little, too late, and poses no danger of changing anything.
See ya, Joe. I don’t think anyone will even notice your absence.