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Who Could Have Predicted, Part II

lieberman.jpgWhen Joe Lieberman was running for office, he loved him some habeas corpus. Was fond of waxing rhapsodic about its importance. And just before the election last year, in September Joe voted “yea” on the Specter Amendment to the Military Commissions Act, which which would have pulled the habeas language out of the Act and restored it.

Because nobody wanted to restore habeas more than Joe, you know.

That bill had no chance of passing, a symbolic vote like so many other upon which Lieberman’s reputation for being a “good liberal on everything but the war” rests.

Today, only three votes shy of restoring habeas, Joe voted “nay.”

Chris Dodd:

America’s moral standing, and with it the security of the United States, suffered another setback today, atop a pile of setbacks that has accumulated over the past six years. The outcome of this vote is both symbolic and tragic. Each of us in the Senate faced a decision either to cast a vote in favor of helping to restore America’s reputation in the world, or to help dig deeper the hole of utter disrespect for the rule of law that the Bush Administration has created. Unfortunately, too many of my colleagues chose the latter, and my disappointment runs deep. But I will not rest my case with this vote. Instead, this defeat will only deepen my resolve to restore the rule of law and with it American security, for far too much is at stake – for every American – to simply give up the fight.”

We already know that Ned Lamont would win if the election were held today, but the reason he didn’t win THEN is because the media swallowed Joe’s big load of bs about nobody wanting to bring the troops home more than him and other assorted boldfaced lies without question.

Any Connecticut resident so inspired to let their local media know that Connecticut voters have once again been rolled, feel free to use the “spotlight” function at the end of the post and do so. Helpful contact information abounds.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. 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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