Holy Joe sees the light. Sort of.
Joe Lieberman attempts to unshit his own bed:
Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign and backed an international conference to find a way out of the crisis in Iraq.
Lieberman, who is seeking a fourth term as an independent candidate after losing the Democratic nomination to newcomer Ned Lamont on Aug. 8, also criticized some fellow Democrats. He said several Democrats are trying to impose a “litmus test” on the party.
He also accused Lamont of distorting his stance on Iraq.
“He made me into a cheerleader for George Bush and everything that’s happened,” Lieberman said. “And the record shows that, while I believe we did the right thing in overthrowing Saddam Hussein, I’ve been very critical over the years, particularly in 2003 and 2004, about the failure to send enough American troops to secure the country, about the absence of adequate plans and preparation to deal with post-Saddam Iraq.”
Let’s roll the tape:
It was Michael Ware, Time’s Baghdad bureau chief, who provided the single most pungent assessment of the “centrist” senator last November. In an interview broadcast on Air America’s morning show, the reporter recalled his puzzling encounter with the sunny, silly optimist so beloved by the White House:
“I and some other journalists had lunch with Senator Joe Lieberman the other day and we listened to him talking about Iraq. Either Senator Lieberman is so divorced from reality that he’s completely lost the plot, or he knows he’s spinning a line. Because one of my colleagues turned to me in the middle of this lunch and said he’s not talking about any country I’ve ever been to and yet he was talking about Iraq, the very country where we were sitting.”
In other words, Lieberman lacked credibility with voters on the most critical issue of the moment. He may pretend now to be a “critic” of the White House, but that isn’t why Karl Rove has been calling every day since the primary to offer his support and best wishes.
Earlier in todays Lieberman story, Joe had this to say:
“I think it’s still time for new leadership at the Pentagon,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Lieberman, an early supporter of the Iraq war, said he called for Rumsfeld to step down in 2003.
“With all respect to Don Rumsfeld, who has done a grueling job for six years, we would benefit from new leadership to work with our military in Iraq,” he said Sunday.
And one could say that the voters of Connecticut think it is time for new leadership from one of its senators and, with all due respect to Joe Lieberman, who has done a passable job for three terms, they could benefit from some new blood to work with our Democratic leaders and take back our country.