Monday, August 27, 2007

Joe Lieberman Betrays Hurricane Katrina Victims

From AlterNet:

And once Lieberman was re-elected with no small amount of help from the GOP?

Bush's Best Democratic Buddy Joe Lieberman
gives the president a pass on Katrina.

Jan. 11, 2007 - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the only Democrat to endorse President Bush's new plan for Iraq, has quietly backed away from his pre-election demands that the White House turn over potentially embarrassing documents relating to its handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Lieberman's reversal underscores the new role that he is seeking to play in the Senate as the leading apostle of bipartisanship, especially on national-security issues. On Wednesday night, Bush conspicuously cited Lieberman's advice as being the inspiration for creating a new "bipartisan working group" on Capitol Hill that he said will "help us come together across party lines to win the war on terror."
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So the info is a little old but well worth repeating as the anniversary of Katrina nears. It's also worth repeating because it cements the fact that Joseph Lieberman is a sanctimonious prick, as if we weren't pretty sure about that already. There are many reasons for the continuing federal failures in dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane that hit east of New Orleans on August 29, 2005; I've been trying to document some of them here: corruption, misguided conservative ideology, and incompetence. But this one, sacrificing White House accountability on Lieberman's imaginary altar of bend-over bipartisanship pisses me off perhaps the most.

I've really hated the guy since his self-righteous support for the Clinton impeachment movement back in the late 90s. By not understanding that the whole thing was a GOP hatchet job without any merit whatsoever, Lieberman made a total fool of himself. Then Gore asked him to be his running mate in 2000, trying to distance the ticket from all those naughty shenanigans with interns, which is one of the reasons I voted for Nader. Then Lieberman supported the war. He still supports the war. The guy has been dragging the Democrats in a psychotic and suicidal direction for nearly a decade. But he's still in office, narrowly avoiding defeat by leaving his party.

I'm really beginning to wonder if he actually believes all this bipartisan bullshit. When I consider what I've just written above, he strikes me as being much more of a cold and calculating operator than somebody who's really worried about all our strife and division. You know, one of those politicians who changes party and ideology when the political winds change direction.

That makes him even worse. The retreat on his vow to make Bush answer for his Katrina failures isn't about bipartisanship. It's about Lieberman's own political power. Fucking scumbag.