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This Kiss: A Match Made In Washington Update

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Wow, did we get some great submissions to the Match Made in Washington contest!  We'll take more entries today, because there are so many quotes out there from George Bush and Joe Lieberman on the mess in Iraq that we want to be sure and giver everyone an opportunity to do some research on the most egregious and craptastic ones.

We've also had a great response from a couple of regular readers — who have generously offered to add to the prize package for the contest.  So I'm happy to announce that we are now going to do two prizes — one for the best Lieberman quote, and one for the best Bush quote found by readers.  Among the prize pool now:  Bob Woodward's latest tome "State of Denial," which we at FDL will provide; a copy of Joe Maguire's "Brainless," which has been generously offered by our own omniscient reader EPU; and copies of "Iraq for Sale" and "Outfoxed," which have been generously provided by Robert Greenwald.  Please get your entries in by midnight PT tonight — we'll start voting on winners later in the week.

Now I just have to figure out how the prizes will be divided among the two categories:  between Bush and Lieberman, which one deserves denial and which one deserves brainless, do you think?

The NYTimes has a good overview this morning of the evolution of Joe Lieberman's statements on the mess in Iraq, including the following:

A close examination of hundreds of Mr. Lieberman’s statements on Iraq over the past five years shows that while he repeatedly praised President Bush, he was far more likely to criticize him. But those critiques dropped off markedly in the last two years, even as the insurgency in Iraq gained strength.

At the same time, Mr. Lieberman made negative comments about fellow Democrats three times as often as he made positive comments, particularly after his failed campaign for his party’s presidential nomination in 2004.

Near the end of this year’s primary, Mr. Lieberman ramped up his criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of the war, and soon after his loss, called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign. More recently he has called for “bringing the troops home.” Yet he continues to strongly oppose setting a timetable for withdrawal, echoing the position of the White House.

As the battle of interpretation continues, The New York Times sorted 362 of Mr. Lieberman’s war-related comments since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks into content-related categories, and found that he has alternated his arguments about the parties and the war’s prosecution, shifting tone at critical points as political circumstances have evolved.

Say Anything To Keep My Seat Joe…just put your finger in the wind and speak from your interpretation of the public mood, and oddly enough the consistent theme is that Joe criticizes Democrats more often than not. Rah rah, team.

Matt Stoller has some thoughts on Joe's Nixonian machinations on Iraq and on the question of whether there ever was any real integrity — or whether it has all been a smoke and mirrors game for Turncoat Joe. Those are some questions that the CT voters ought to ba asking themselves, but the answers have broad implcations for the rest of us out here in the US of A, because the Senate looks like it is going to be down to the wire. Are you comfortable with Turncoat Joe being the deciding vote?  I'm certainly not.

CTBob has more about the debate last night.  As does Matt.  And My Left Nutmeg.  I thought Ned kicked butt last night, especially his answer on habeas issues and the need for accountability, checks and balances and a commitment to the rule of law — he sounded Senatorial, Joe sounded petulant and angry, and Schlesinger provided some much needed levity at a couple of points, all the while jabbing at Lieberman's failure of a record.  It's going to be a very interesting next couple of weeks in this race, isn't it?  Go Ned!

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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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