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Bill Clinton spoke with ABC News regarding the Republican attempts to politicize national security issues — and Joe Lieberman’s attempt to do the same in Connecticut.  Which, come to think of it is redundant, since Joe Lieberman is the de facto Republican candidate up there now, isn’t it?  (H/T to Sirota.  And according to Tim, the RNC doesn’t even bother listing the GOP challenger in CT on their blog.  Wonder how that happened?  I bet it was just a mere oversight by some low-level employee…again.)

ABC has the video of the Clinton interview here.  The former President says:

Lieberman has characterized his loss – and the need for his subsequent independent run – as liberals in the party purging those with the Lieberman-Clinton position of progressiveness in domestic politics and strong national security credentials.

"Well, if I were Joe and I was running as an independent, that’s what I’d say, too," Clinton said.

"But that’s not quite right. That is, there were almost no Democrats who agreed with his position, which was, ‘I want to attack Iraq whether or not they have weapons of mass destruction.’"

"His position is the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld position, which was, ‘Does it matter if they have weapons? None of this matters. …

You really need to watch the video to get the mood and the context in which Clinton is saying this, but his demeanor suggests that Lieberman has taken things too far. My favorite quote from the video: "It’s a cartoon — it doesn’t reflect reality." didn’t make it into the ABC affiliate article.

It’s time for Bill Clinton and other Democrats to get their butt to Connecticut and campaign for the Democratic candidate Ned Lamont.  John Edwards will be campaigning with Ned on Thursday — so a huge FDL thank you to John Edwards is due.  (You can send thanks here.)

You know who won’t be campaigning with Ned?  Mark Pryor (D-AR), who has come out as a supporter of Lieberman’s CFL candidacy, despite being in a leadership position with the DSCC.   (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Paging Chuck Schumer — you might want to rethink Pryor’s postition, given his tenuous allegiance to actual Democrats instead of de facto Republican Joe Lieberman.  Give Chuck a call or a FAX and let him know what you think about this.  Better yet, if you live in New York, drop by a local office and tell a staffer in person that the DSCC should stand firmly, loudly, and very publicly behind the elected Democratic nominee in CT.  I’m sure Chuck would love to hear from you, as would the DSCC.

(H/T to *ilson and Old Coastie for the heads up on the Clinton interview and clip.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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