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Bill to ask Lieberman not to run outside the party?

Did you think it was strange when President Bill Clinton announced he will campaign for Joe Lieberman in the primary? I certainly did, especially after I remembered that Joementum was the first Democrat to speak out against Clinton on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Remember this…

So you can imagine how surprising it was to hear that the President had forgiven this stab in the back and decided to support a candidate who does not see eye to eye with him on quite a few issues. Then I saw that LamontBlog is reporting a rumor that surfaced a few days ago when President Clinton first agreed to campaign for LIEberman. If true this could be wonderful, if not no sweat because Bill and Hillary will campaign for the winner of the primary and his name will be Ned Lamont.

Here’s the rumor…

Again, it’s great that Sen. Clinton and President Clinton will both be supporting the winner of the August 8th primary. It has been suggested elsewhere that Bill might sit down with Joe today and try to convince him to abide by the results of the primary. It’s sounding more and more like that’s part of how (and why) Hillary – one of the first senators to come out and say she would unconditionally support the Democratic candidate in November – convinced Bill to come campaign for Joe.

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July 24, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06 | 3 Comments

Ouch, Joe’s gotta be hurtin after this one…

Joe Lieberman and I have been friends and colleagues for 38 years. We ran for and won seats in the Connecticut legislature as a team of reformers in 1970. He was my state senator and I was his state representative. He rose to Senate majority leader as I became speaker of the House. With others, we formed the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats, a progressive coalition, to further the causes of peace in Vietnam and justice at home.

As Joe points out, his record on a number of issues, such as the environment, is good. But on the two biggest issues of our times, he is dead wrong.

His blind support of the Iraq war, begun illegally and a continuing catastrophe, is monstrous.

And his defense of an incompetent president, a vice president who fits the dictionary definition of fascism and an extremist administration that has perpetrated torture, illegal eavesdropping and a general shredding of the Constitution is insulting to the people who elected him in the first place.

Joe’s constituency is not Bush and Cheney; it is the progressives and moderates, the blacks and Hispanics who gave him his start in politics. We feel he has betrayed us by becoming “Bush’s favorite Democrat.”

…listen to Ned play piano here.

July 24, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06 | Leave a comment