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The peanut has woken up with a high fever again this morning, after we thought we’d gotten it under control.  So we’ll be headed out to the pediatrician in a bit to see what this is. 

In the meantime, I’m sipping a little coffee with a small girlie on my lap, and perusing the news and this item caught my eye this morning (from the NYDailyNews):

Sen. Joseph Lieberman said he’s no President Bush yesterday as the worsening violence in Iraq continued to drive politics at home….

Lieberman (D-Conn.), who mounted an independent election bid after losing, criticized Bush, pushing to win over moderate Democrats and independents.

"I feel that I allowed my opponent to distort my position on Iraq," Lieberman said on CBS’ "Face the Nation."

"He made me into a cheerleader for George Bush on everything that’s happened."

Lieberman insisted "we did the right thing in overthrowing Saddam Hussein," but added that he has been critical "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."  (emphasis mine — notice how nothing is ever Joe’s fault?)

Oh, really? "Critical" eh? Were these in super secret tete-a-tete breakfast dates with George Bush or what?  Or do you mean critical like this:

It is time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be Commander-in-Chief for three more critical years, and that in matters of war, we undermine Presidential credibility at our nation’s peril.  (Video here.) 

Ned Lamont called him on this idiocy yesterday, after Turncoat Joe’s appearance on Face the Nation:

The Lamont campaign fired back in a written statement.

"His new-found ‘criticism’ of the war won’t convince Connecticut voters after so many years of stubbornly rubber-stamping Bush’s failed policies," the statement said.

Absolutely right. A rubber stamping leopard can’t just change his spots, no matter how the political winds are blowing at the moment — especially if he comes with a long history of public statements and whiny nagging that don’t back up his claims. 

Poor Turncoat Joe.  You are on tape, on the Congressional record, and all over the place lecturing the rest of us how we are supposed to think, act, and believe about George Bush and all of your various corporate PAC interest cronies…for years.  John Kerry called you for what you are — a cheap facsimile of Dick Cheney’s talking points.

You think a sudden public show of tepid affection for W is going to look anything but self-serving and hypocritical at this juncture? 

Do you think you can simply stand up and say whatever you like and lie about your record and no one will call you on it?  That may be true of the Beltway Buddy classes, but the rest of us live outside the beltway, and we’re all a little starved for some honesty…and we’re prepared to do the tough digging to find the truth.  You think you just get a pass to say whatever you want, whenever you want?

Think again.  It’s called accountability, Joe, get used to it.  You aren’t fooling anyone but yourself.

(You can see Lieberman’s self-serving, deliberately obtuse performance on Face the Nation here at PoliticsTV.  Oh, and PS, Joe, that’s a lovely picture above.  Sort of symbolic of the whole reason you are in the mess you are — try thinking about that for a while and see why people are disgusted with you.)

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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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