David Shuster quoted this post by Jane on MSNBC tonight. Peter Slutsky, the liberal guest on the show, reacts to the quote. Peter, a good friend and a genuinely good guy, argues that if Obama made a mistake about Lieberman’s chairmanship, it will be Obama who pays the price.

I don’t think that’s right. Lieberman promised to investigate the Katrina response when he ran for reelection and then refused to do so, to the pervasive harm of a lot of Katrina victims.

Lieberman oversees 50 billion dollars in no bid Homeland Security contracts, a system rife with graft, abuse and corruption. Seems to me some real oversight in that position could free up some money to help save three million automobile industry jobs.

So, this is not just a situation where Obama is playing with only his own risks. The risks are all too real and all too human, though outside the protected confines of Beltway Washington.

David Shuster quoted this post by Jane on MSNBC tonight. Peter Slutsky, the liberal guest on the show, reacts to the quote. Peter, a good friend and a genuinely good guy, argues that if Obama made a mistake about Lieberman’s chairmanship, it will be Obama who pays the price.

I don’t think that’s right. Lieberman promised to investigate the Katrina response when he ran for reelection and then refused to do so, to the pervasive harm of a lot of Katrina victims.

Lieberman oversees 50 billion dollars in no bid Homeland Security contracts, a system rife with graft, abuse and corruption. Seems to me some real oversight in that position could free up some money to help save three million automobile industry jobs.

So, this is not just a situation where Obama is playing with only his own risks. The risks are all too real and all too human, though outside the protected confines of Beltway Washington.

Pachacutec

Pachacutec

Pachacutec did not, as is commonly believed, die in 1471. To escape the tragic sight of his successors screwing up the Inca Empire he’d built, he fled east into the Amazon rain forest, where he began chewing lots of funky roots to get higher than Hunter Thompson ever dared. Oddly, these roots gave him not only a killer buzz, but also prolonged his life beyond what any other mortal has known, excluding Novakula. Whatever his doubts of the utility of living long enough to see old friends pop up in museums as mummies, or witness the bizarrely compelling spectacle of Katherine Harris, he’s learned a thing or two along the way. For one thing, he’s learned the importance of not letting morons run a country, having watched the Inca Empire suffer many civil wars requiring the eventual ruler to gain support from the priests and the national military. He now works during fleeting sober moments to build a vibrant progressive movement sufficiently strong and sustainable to drive a pointed stake through the heart of American “conservatism” forever. He enjoys a gay marriage, classic jazz and roots for the New York Mets.

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