Jowling At The Moon

There are many non-Republicans in congress who are, by any measure, slimy, loathsome, corrupt, and duplicitous, but they need only be mentioned in the same sentence as Joe Lieberman and they suddenly look like honorable statesmen of the first order.  Who can forget, back in 1998, when ol’ Holy Joe emerged from well-deserved obscurity to bravely march up to the lectern and shake his schoolmarmish finger at that nasty Bill Clinton?  Normal people, of course, could plainly see that his faux-moralistic dudgeon was based on the fact that Hadassah, and every other girl he’d ever met, had convinced him that wienies weren’t kosher, and his whiny spluttering was just ol’ penis envy in its purest form.  As the 1998 midterms starkly demonstrated, “normal people” pointedly did not include Republicans or the media, which was a good thing for Lieberman but a very bad thing for America.

The first casualty of Lieberman’s ineptitude and smarminess was Al Gore, who undoubtedly watched in horror as Lieberman not only threw the vice presidential debate, but in so doing managed to make Dick Cheney look principled and charismatic.  And we all know how that turned out.  Holy Joe then went from Fox News Democrat to “Independent,” to Republican to, well, what he is now, which is a foaming-at-the-mouth right-wing nutcase having circle jerks with Bill Kristol and Binjamin Netanyahu by the light of the Passover moon.

Unfortunately for poor Joe, his ego has been writing checks his body can’t cash for so long that he can only get on Fox when Karl Rove has the sniffles, so in a desperate bid for attention, this half-melted waxwork has to turn to Newsmax for a little love.  To wit:

“There were a lot of people, particularly Democrats, who were declaring after the 2008 election that we were beginning a period of Democratic dominance that would go on for decades,” Lieberman told Newsmax. “Now, all of a sudden, the momentum is with the Republicans. And that’s — thank God — that’s the way people have spoken, you know? That’s our democracy.”

Well, the same Democracy would have also tossed you out on your ass in 2006, Joe, had your state had “sore loser” laws, which it will probably enact forthwith.  Don’t thank God…  if He liked you he would have made you tall, handsome, and quite a bit less despicable.

The senator also said that “everybody should listen” to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Especially since she handily dethroned you as the worst VP candidate since Spiro Agnew.

“I think Sarah Palin for a lot of people has become a spokesperson,” Lieberman said. “People worried that government has forgotten them, has grown too big, that the deficit is growing too large, and in some sense that we’re not being as strong as we should be in the world — Governor Palin has spoken to those concerns as much as anyone.

Anyone on the nutcase right, indeed.  But no one vaguely connected with reality, of course.

“I do disagree with her on some of the specifics that she has said, but I think anybody who underestimates Sarah Palin as a political force in America does so at some peril, because she is speaking for a lot of people out there,” he continued. “I don’t know what her future is, but I’m just saying everybody should listen.”

Like they listen to you?  And where as that gotten anyone?

Lieberman was speaking in an interview that largely focused on US foreign policy regarding Israel and Iran. The onetime Democrat has repeatedly urged the US to take a hawkish position against Iranian development of nuclear weapons, and consider an armed airstrike to halt nuclear enrichment.

In other words, Lieberman thinks that the government still ought to get just a little bigger, spend a bit more, and forget the will of the people one more time, since they are clearly as tired of hearing about war as they are tired of paying for it, because ol’ Joe isn’t through turning America into a despised, bankrupt, war-depleted theocracy.  Maybe he’s angling for another chance at the VP slot, and he’s figuring that Palin is the only American stupid enough to pick him, which is undeniably true.

In that way, Joe Lieberman may have done us all a favor; no longer will Democrats be saddled with the feckless leadership of Harry Reid after 2010, and maybe the next guy (or gal) will be smart enough to start kicking worthless protoplasm like Lieberman to the curb when they have the chance.

The only real loser will be Hadassah, who will have to put up with Joe full time after 2012.


  1. I’m getting weary with denouncing Senator Smarm, so let me just crosspost something I wrote for OpenLeft this morning, when I was feeling a little friskier:

    Lieberman thanks God; God isn’t impressed (breaking)

    If any poor pufferfish of a politician has been more in danger of being struck by divine lightning in recent years than Holy Joe, I’d be hard-pressed to say who. Newt Gingrich in 1994, I suppose. God seems to be very busy these days, tidying up after his Prince Regent and all, but I don’t see how he could forbear indefinitely without running the risk of losing his reputation for omnipotence.

    Sorry, but I can’t do any better than that. A poor thing, compared to the Hagian eloquence it’s appended to, but no less heartfelt for all that.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Ah, but you beat me both in timeliness and pithiness…. I’m glad we both spotted the same theory and found it worthy of comment. Here I was all set to write about a guy in LA who lost his nose in a barroom SWORDFIGHT, but thought it was too irrelevant and only of parochial interest. Holy Joe saved the day, unintentionally, as usual.

      • I don’t deserve the credit. It was a comment on someone else’s post. Like you, though, I jumped on the opportunity to denounce Old Joe for dragging God across the trail of his own wickedness, presumably to mask its scent from his pursuers.

        It is just like him, isn’t it? My Momma used to warn me thatTaking the Lord’s Name in Vain was just about the evillest thing a body could do, and not to trust anybody willing to do it. At the time it seemed an awfully abstract principle to me, but as I got older, I began to understand what she meant.

  2. retzilian says:

    I’d like to see Al Franken punch Holy Joe in the nose. I’d even pay to see that. The only thing Holy Joe cares about is Israel. Because Mooselini is a (fake) proponent of Israel, he likes her. If she uttered one word disparaging our conjoined-twins relationship with Israel, he’d throw her under the bus in a shriveled up heartbeat.

    He’s such a toad.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I just wonder why he ever was a Democrat. He’s a religious zealot, an authoritarian, a sexist, and a chickenhawk…. How’d he pick the wrong party in the first place?

      • He was a friend of labor, etc. People who knew him back when say he wasn’t always like this. I have my doubts, but I do remember old Hubert Horatio Humphrey, who really was a liberal hero, but just couldn’t seem to repudiate Johnson’s actions in Viet Nam. That didn’t end well, and neither will Joe.

  3. retzilian says:

    I am always suspicious of people who say about some loathsome person (like Dick Cheney and Holy Joe), “He wasn’t always like that.”

    That’s a load of crap. People are who they are, save severe head injury or congenital mental illness, by the time they are in their 20s, and Holy Joe and Dick Cheney were always reptiles. That someone would say they were different before was obviously not well acquainted with them.

    Sociopaths are usually born, not made.

    • I’d like to be charitable, and say that in my experience there is such thing as repentance, and also such a thing as a Dorian Gray complex, in which someone who was relatively outgoing and trusting of the rest of us in his youth, gradually becomes paranoid and cruel as he ages.

      I don’t know whether or not the psychology which permitted these transformations was innate — your picture of human nature does seem plausible — but I really have seen people who exemplified each of the phenomena I’ve described, and been close enough to them to watch the process take place over time. It certainly seemed genuine to me, although the mental processes involved were certainly not as transparent as their effects.

    • nailheadtom says:

      There’s probably an in vitro test that could determine the sociopathic potential of the unborn so a state-funded abortion could eliminate the political class that offends you so much. Maybe you should start a charity devoted to it.

  4. avelna says:

    The guy is a narcissistic idiot. In the same interview he claims that not using terms like Islamic extremism, Islamic jihad, etc. is going to lose us support of Muslims (h/t Steve Benen in The Washington Monthly.) I’ll never understand why he hasn’t been thrown under the bus.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, thanks in part to lack of bus-throwing, ol’ Harry Reid may be losing his seat. The coddling of Lieverman is just another way that Democrats look like pussies, both to their base and to Republicans. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, at least the righties know who their friends aren’t.

  5. retzilian says:

    If the Democrats lose their majority in the senate, they deserve it. I just wish there were more Independents. (or is that Independance?)

    There is no way the House will turn R.

    Meanwhile, there is a Democratic primary coming up in Ohio for Voinovich’s senate seat (he is retiring), and the frontrunner is a former state rep, state senator and atty general and current lt. governor – who hails from Shaker Heights. I knew him well when he was a state senator – in fact, I interviewed for a position with his staff. I did not get the job, but in retrospect, I’m glad, because he was a horrible boss. He went through secretaries and legislative aides like Kleenex. I wound up with a much nicer boss.

    His opponent in the primary is someone I like very much, Jennifer Brunner, the current Secy of state who got rid of Diebold and restored paper ballots to the state! She’s the better candidate, IMO, but not getting the support Fisher is getting, probably because she’s a woman. I’m going to mail in my vote because I’ll be in New York the day of the primary, but I think he’s going to beat her. Oh well. He will probably beat Porter, the Republican challenger, who’s a much bigger douchebag.

    I’m not sure about Fisher’s opinions of Israel, but I’d venture to guess he’s on the Lieberman side of the table. We’ll see. He’s very liberal, but a bit of a pr*ck.

    Incidentally, the reason I’m going to be in NYC that week is because I finally got a full-time job. You may or may not recall I was laid off in May 2009 after returning to corporate work from self-employment for 3 years. That job did not survive the economic crash and I was only employed 9 months. I did some Medicare and insurance sales here and there since, but went many empty months of no responses from resumes sent and a big black job void here in Cleveland.

    Well, it’s been almost a year and I finally landed a sales job with a managed care company with a main office in Manhattan. It’s the same sort of thing I have been doing for the past 3 years except with a corporate health care company with which I will be salaried with benefits. It’s a life raft, since I was about two months away from living in a cardboard box. (Only partly kidding.)

    With the new HCR, the managed care companies may not be in business in another three years, so I may be out on the street again, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

    • bystander says:

      Congrats, Retz. Really pleased for you. May it offer you a good long, comfortable run.

  6. retzilian says:

    Ha! It sounds like I’m moving to NYC. No! I wish.

    I have to attend corporate training for 10 days in Manhattan. Golly gosh darn! Ten days in NYC, in a nice hotel on Fifth Avenue near The New School, near a couple of good pals of mine, what hellish conditions.

    I can’t wait!

    • cocktailhag says:

      Congratulations…. That’s great. NY is always fun and it’s a perfect time of year to visit. Last year at this time I was putting a garden in in Williamsburg. I’d sure love to see Voinovich’s seat go Dem; keep us posted.

    • The Heel says:

      All the best girl!

  7. mikeinportc says:

    Have fun , retz. :)

    Hawkish on Iran? That’s soooo 2009. The new ENEMY has been chosen. The MIC has spoken. :(

    OT , a war co$t counter being installed in a nearby City Hall.See comment section, if you want to feel better about sharing a state with Oregonian readers. :)

  8. mikeinportc says:

    “Wow. Y’all have some teabaggers up there, apparently.”
    You betchya! ;) ( That’s actually rather tame, given the subject.)

    Yet Ryan got elected, and re-elected. His running mate for the first term ( position of Deputy Mayor since eliminated, on his initiative.) was Tariq Abdelaziz, no less!???? Somebody must have voted for him. Binghamton is the only jurisdiction for a long ways, that doesn’t have a GOP majority,so maybe he got enough straight ticket votes?????

    Side point, re the bitching about the budget ; The total budget is just under $91M, or ~$1855/head. The tax levy is ~$32M, or $653/head. ( Water/sewer, sales tax,permit fees, state & federal $, etc make up the difference. School districts are wholly separate entities in most of NY, so are not included.) How’s that compare to where y’all are?

  9. My buddy and I were just talking over this particular topic, she actually is constantly attempting to prove me incorrect! I am about to show her this particular post not to mention rub it in a little!