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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Lieberman's flip-flop on Face the State

There are so many clips to pull from Senator Joe Lieberman's interview on Face the State, I don't know where to begin. Lets start with a good ol' fashion Lieberman flip-flop.

Now, although Lieberman called the Bush administration illegal wiretaping program "outside the law" (feeling the heat from Lamont), in the next breath he calls Senator Feingold's censure motion "unproductive."

Is this the same Lieberman who had no problem with dropping the censure hammer on Clinton?

Let's me see here:

President gets a BJ from a interm=censure the bastard.

President blatantly breaks the law by wiretapping Americans without a court order=skip the censure, he's my buddy and Senator Feingold is being unproductive.

Well, Lamontblog jumps all over this and takes Lieberman to the woodshed and boy, is that Lamontblog guy brutal.
But for flip-flopping Joe, the concept of accountability via censure - "appropriate" in 1999 - is "unproductive" in 2006:

"My own opinion, and it seems to be shared by most Democratic senators, is that it would be an unproductive use of our time," Lieberman said. "Again, it's looking backward. It would be divisive. The best thing we could do about this program is to bring it under the law and I'd prefer to spend my time and the Senate's time figuring out how we can adopt a law that allows the administration to continue this program but force them to go to court to get a warrant before they do."

In 1999, Joe thought censure would help if it "united Senators across party lines."

In 2006, Joe thinks censure is inherently "divisive."

In 1999, Joe thought it was his responsibility to "speak to the common values the President has violated."

In 2006, Joe thinks it is his responsibility to "bring [the illegal program] under the law."

Will the real Joe Lieberman please stand up?

Good grief, is it primary day yet?