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Friday, August 11, 2006

Joe Lieberman is a picture of narcissistic greed

Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman lost in the primary to be re-elected to the Senate on Tuesday. It was a surprise for some, but not for others. Lieberman's opponent, Ned Lamont, has been considered a more liberal democrat, and has played on Lieberman's conservatism and his support for the war and the president, which has been apparently turning off some Nutmeggers.

But Lieberman was-- and is, he's staying in the race as an independent--really running against himself. On Thursday, after the news of the foiled terrorist plot in London, Lieberman saw an opportunity and took it: "If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again." A willingness to use terrorist attacks as political fodder shows a willingness to drop to the lowest levels of political manipulation. It's not just unappealing, it's disheartening.

There may be no current politician more narcissistic than Joe Lieberman. From his self-congratulatory views on video games, to his full-fledged support of the Bush administration's foreign policy (and it's not unreciprocated; it's rumored that Karl Rove offered the administration's support), to his hypocritical rhetoric, this is a man who has no problem taking advantage of any political opportunity no matter what the cost. His continuing to run as an independent is just the most recent display of his selfishness.


Blogger Cibbuano said...

Let's beat him up after school.

7:56 PM  

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