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NARAL and Planned Parenthood: Punk’d By Lieberman — Again

Remember how Planned Parenthood and NARAL sent out emails to their members telling them to thank Joe Lieberman for his Alito vote? (I know, I know. I’ve mentioned it a couple of times.)

It was typical Lieberman — vote for cloture, the only meaningful vote, then vote against him on the floor vote so you could run around telling everyone you "opposed" his confirmation in your home pro-choice state of Connecticut.

It fooled no one who wasn’t in a coma, but the truly sick, fucking outrageously cynical thing came about when the "pro-choice" groups (*cough*), Planned Parenthood and NARAL, played along and rubber stamped it with their members.

Some of us were a bit chapped. We were even more miffed after he said it was a "short ride" for rape victims to another hospital for emergency contraception, and both NARAL and Planned Parenthood STILL endorsed him over Ned Lamont . (The choice "racket" — and that’s really all I can call it — was out in full force for Joe.)

Fast forward to August 2008:

Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he wouldn’t rule someone out as a potential vice presidential running mate just because they are pro-choice. On ABC’s This Week today, former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson called Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) "the bestof the pro-choice candidates," but added that it would be "a major problem" that Lieberman had voted against Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination.

Conservative columnist George Will then broke in, saying that Lieberman’s office told him this week Lieberman now believes "he was wrong" to have voted against Alito and that "now he likes Alito."


Congratulations, Nancy Keenan and Cecile Richards. Lieberman played you, and you played your members. I hope the rewards on the DC cocktail circuit for whoring out choice are worth it.

We can stop this little dance, you know. All you have to do is apologize to your members for supporting Lieberman with as much gusto as you promoted him in the first place, and that will be the last post I write about the whole affair.

You’ll never, ever be able to undo the damage you did, but at least you can stop looking like a couple of professional roundheels in the incumbency protection racket.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of 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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