Continuing on the angry theme, let me say that I’m really, really pissed at Joe Lieberman. I really used to like the guy. Now, I see him as a scum sucking sycophant. And a complete hypocrite. (Yes, that was a sentence fragment. Sue me.)
Joe has flaunted his Jewishness for years, courting Jewish Democrats for their money, influence, and votes. Now, he’s going out to court the Jewish vote (and money and influence) for McCain. What’s astounding to me is that he could work so hard for a man who chose for a running mate Sarah Palin, whose Pastor is a supporter of the Jews for Jesus movement. And, yeah, if going after Jeremiah Wright was fair, going after Palin’s Pastor, Larry Kroon, is just as fair.
Joe has all but turned his back on the Democratic party, after agreeing to caucus with them subsequent to running as an Independent in 2006 and, thus, giving the Dems a 51-49 majority in the Senate. He was rewarded for that decision with chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Given his speech at the Republican convention, however, he is no longer attending Democratic policy luncheons and is in danger of having the Dems take disciplinary action against him, post election.
Turning his back on the Dems and running to the Republicans could be, for Joe, jumping out of the mud into the shit. The Republican party has never been known for tolerance and Palin’s addition to the ticket doesn’t do anything to make that better. Joe brought a good piece of the Jewish vote to Gore in 2000, but fronting for a woman who has such close ties, at least tangentially, to the Jews for Jesus movement can’t be good for his rep in his own community.
Joe may find himself as a man without a country, so to speak. And at this point, that would be fine with me.