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I wish I could impute nefarious intent to the effort of traditional media types to make the blogosphere’s opposition Joe-nertia "all about the war," but if I had to guess I’d say it was more due to abject laziness and a lack of native curiosity.  As I’ve written many, many times before, my rabid lambiness took root during the Alito cloture vote, when Lieberman sided with the Gang of 14 to put a sexist, elitist, fundamentalist Dobson-loving bigot like Strip Search Sammy on the Supreme Court.  I feared the country could not survive another one.  And when interviewed for the new Time Magazine article on the race, Markos noted that he himself had said "enough" after Lieberman dicked everyone around on Social Security.  

But that didn’t fit the narrative that both Lieberman and Time are aggressively pushing.  Says Markos:

I was interviewed for this story but didn’t make it in. You know why? Because the reporter asked me why we were targetting Lieberman, and I said my motivation was Lieberman’s refusal to fall in line on social security until it was obvious Bush’s efforts were dead.

 Apparently it didn’t fit the "anti-war" frame with which the media insists on viewing this race.

Objecting to Holy Joe’s warmongering is a perfectly good reason to oppose him, but it does not appear to be the unifying factor that many would have it.  Lieberman’s done so much skeevy shit over the years everyone has their own reasons for wanting him off the national stage, feel free to name your own in the comments.   But it sure does make for an easy headline, huh? 

Meanwhile, the fine folks over at Schumer Watch are keeping the heat turned up on the head of the DSCC. What will the Ego that Roared do if Joe-nertia jumps ship? Maybe he should take a cue from Russ Feingold.  (Don’t worry.  I’m not holding my breath.)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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