Joe Lieberman: Karl Rove’s Agent?

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This in from a “White House Pool Report” just sent to me by a friend:

POOL REPORT
KARL ROVE CAME BACK to pool and talked on record
ON LIEBERMAN ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE
SAYS HE CALLED LIEBERMAN..AND SAID HE’S A PERSONAL FRIEND
Rove. Called lieberman TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT ABOUT 5 PM AND WISHED HIM Well…..election day

Just adding it all up. . .
— Steve Clemons
Ed Note: Thanks to MB for forwarding this report.

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26 comments on “Joe Lieberman: Karl Rove’s Agent?

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  2. kpinvt says:

    Was Joe the inside man Karl had during the 2000 election?

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  3. RichF says:

    A few commenters around the ‘net have noted that Lieberman has been using some Karl Rove’s most cherished campaign tactics. It’s not limited to the use of RNC talking points.
    What they haven’t explored is just how overt and comprehensive Lieberman’s use of Rove’s methods have been. The Senator’s debate rhetoric attacked Lamont’s strengths, and attempted to claim Lamont’s outsider identity for himself.
    The baseless election-eve accusations that Lieberman’s website was hacked has its analog in Karl Rove’s election-eve claims back in Texas that his candidate’s HQ was bugged by his opponent’s campaign. (Rove had planted the bug himself.)
    There’s more, of course, but I won’t list them all. Lieberman has learned well. In general, Lieberman has accused Lamont of being both a Republican, AND an extremist (lefty)– while asserting he wears a the centrist/moderate mantle. But that’s never really been the case. In order to be bipartisan, you have to be partisan for your own side — and Lieberman has been indistinguishable from partisan Republicans in damaging ways. Executive power, the Gang of 14. Close examination of his voting record will, I believe, show fig leaf votes that satisfy 1 issue group — but not the groups who insist on solid & substantive progress. It’s been 42 years since Joe Lieberman marched for civil rights; he said nothing as the Voting Rights Act came under by Congressional Republicans only weeks ago. Underscoring Joe’s conspicuous silence on voting rights over the past 6 years were recent comments by African-American pastors that the Senator hasn’t really been seen in their neighborhoods for 18 years. Endorsed by Defenders of Wildlife Action & LCV –but no other environmental group?
    Lieberman’s supposed “centrism” can only be defined as an extremist moderation. It’s an ideological centrism, and it is not moderate, nor does it hew to the center in any real sense nor in any Realpolitik calculation. Here’s why:
    Lieberman’s a virtuoso; he’s brilliant. His bland delivery masks not only very sound liberal stances and very objectionable even inflammatory rightwing statements alike, but it ALSO tends to hide just how intelligent his political rhetoric/calculations actually. Joan Baez’s voice (paraphrasing somebody) was said to be so beautiful people can’t remember the words. Joe Lieberman’s voice is so bland, people can’t remember the actual words, or what he’s really up to, politically. They remember what they like, and take away an impression of a boring, harmless, possibly ineffective politician, probably not brilliant and certainly not swift, because after all, he’s just so earnestly moral. But he’s none of those things.
    Consider: the tension in the political spectrum is not from moderate-to-extreme, but from powerCenter-to-conservative-principle (on both “Left” & “Right”). That shift in tension to a core-periphery axis doesn’t have to be bad — compromise can be in the middle, a good thing. But healthy compromise does not — cannot — mean wholesale abandonment of our defining principles. And Liberties, full throated in defense of Constitutional Virtue, is no Extremism.
    Joe Lieberman’s involvement with the PMRC & ACTA required a conscious choice: to pander to the fearful flock, he had to reject such defining American principles as the free market, free expression, & freedom of academic inquiry. Joe Lieberman enforces a Scarlet Letter America, one that no longer exists, as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name amply demonstrates. Joe Lieberman can’t conceive of a Good Samaritan America: denying rape victims access to the care option of their choice is hardly moral or compassionate. It doesn’t promote the public welfare — or a shared public realm/identity. It doesn’t uphold individual liberty. Lieberman’s contradictory positions on Clinton’s & Bush’s respective transgressions repeat the pattern. Scarlet Letter & morality on one side; no Good Samaritan or foundational principles on the other.
    The morals-for-principles swap must come so easily when the political capital harvested comes at the expense of Frank Zappa & Jello Biafra – after all, they’re the ones with something to say. Lieberman’s work with PNAC & CPD (Committee on the Present Danger) follows the same pattern – and it is in no way liberal or centrist. It exploits fears about security — & immoderately extracts a cost in the form of a radical departure from lawful governance.
    If exploiting moral values is an art form, Joe Lieberman is Pablo Picasso. He’s really a very, very accomplished politician. He’s so good, he’s the Terrell Owens of politics.
    But he’s tooo good. He plays these oh-so-smart tactics to the hilt — as though we won’t notice. First Lieberman’s a bipartisan uniter heckled by extremists, then suddenly Lieberman’s in full attack mode — running as an divisive independent. After avidly marginalizing the Democratic base, when forced to compete & defend his views, Lieberman feigned the pretense that the Democratic Big Tent doesn’t have room for him. It’s Lieberman who’d been policing the Dems with the clarity of principle and moral vision to speak out. But Senator Lieberman has the moral vision of Arthur Dimmesdale. And he is no Dale Bumpers.
    The fluidity of political position, the reversals/inversions of rhetoric, the Orwellian assertions about himself & others — and Iraq — is really breathtaking. This has been fairly clear to many, for a long time, and the electorate is way, way ahead of Joe Lieberman. Like Terrell Owens, being good or even better than the competition translates not into victory, but into humiliation. Anybody can see the fatally-flawed assumptions, the abandonment of principle, the arrogation of power and position — the hubris. It’s all on record. And it’s something Joe Lieberman’s proud of.

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  7. Kathleen says:

    Connecticut rocks!!! Diane Urbin a Republican State Rep, antiWar, antiBush candidate is collecting signatures to challenge Alan Schlesinger for the nomination on the Republican side. If she succeeds, it’ll be quite a show of democracy in action from The Constitution State.
    Joe L is kidding himself, if he thinks the Roverator is not going to swoop in on that Senate seat. Believe me, keeping subpoena power in the the GOP hands is paramount, so he’ll schmooze Joe into staying his course.
    Let’s replace Bolton with Joe Lieberman. That would take care of two problems, temporarilly.

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  8. alec says:

    BTW, Steve and others:
    please look at my post which POA was replying to above. I DID NOT SAY ANYTHING OFFENSIVE OR DEROGATORY TO KM4!!! i only said,
    “i’m an ardent democrat, but this is just ridiculous, km4. don’t believe the hype.”
    for this POA responds by calling me “a lying sack of shit”? a “sanctimonious posturing fraud”? a “complete and utter asshole”? and finally tells me to “fuck off”?
    are you kidding me?! was this called for?! was this an appropriate response?! evidently, km4 didn’t think so.
    this is completely beyond the pale! POA deserves to be banned from this blog, or at the very least have his mouth washed out with soap.

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  9. alec says:

    i’m an ardent democrat….bablahblah…..,
    Posted by alec
    You’re a lying sack of shit.
    (Sorry Steve, but I have had it with this sanctimonious posturing fraud. If I get banned from your site so be it, but before you do that, read back a number of threads. This guy Alec is a complete and utter asshole, and there is NO reason that Carroll or I should have to put up with his irritating tripe and insults. Fuck him and the horse he rode in on.).”
    i’m not “a lying sack of shit, POA.” i have always been an ardent democrat. never before voting for a republican to hold national office.
    but i will say this: i find you and your “friends” on this blog to be at least, if not more offensive than any wingnut i know.
    oh yeah, and fuck you too. you always have been one for sophisticated and elightening debate.

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  10. jerry says:

    If Lieberman wins he should be barred from the Democratic party, let him be “independent” – that really is the best definition for him.

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  11. bob h says:

    Put Rove on the “Kiss” float for Lamont v. Lieberman II.

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  12. Pissed Off American says:

    i’m an ardent democrat….bablahblah…..,
    Posted by alec
    You’re a lying sack of shit.
    (Sorry Steve, but I have had it with this sanctimonious posturing fraud. If I get banned from your site so be it, but before you do that, read back a number of threads. This guy Alec is a complete and utter asshole, and there is NO reason that Carroll or I should have to put up with his irritating tripe and insults. Fuck him and the horse he rode in on.).

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  13. km4 says:

    alec did you read the entire post ?
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/10/2132/51889
    It’s based on FACTS not hype.

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  14. alec says:

    Bush approved RED Alert YESTERDAY
    I wish Americans woke up and realized that this SICK administration only loves power, power, and more power. They will do anything to hold onto their power–even if it’s to politicize terrorist acts and benefit from them.
    “The Republican party of George W. Bush doesn’t care about America, or Americans. It only cares about its sick perversion to power, wealth, greed,
    and deceit.
    I am saying what everyone American should be saying or thinking: How fucking disgusting of the Bush administration to politicize it and slander
    Democrats with it.
    How fucking UN-AMERICAN.”
    i’m an ardent democrat, but this is just ridiculous, km4. don’t believe the hype.

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  15. km4 says:

    Bush approved RED Alert YESTERDAY
    I wish Americans woke up and realized that this SICK administration only loves power, power, and more power. They will do anything to hold onto their power–even if it’s to politicize terrorist acts and benefit from them.
    The Republican party of George W. Bush doesn’t care about America, or Americans. It only cares about its sick perversion to power, wealth, greed,
    and deceit.
    I am saying what everyone American should be saying or thinking: How fucking disgusting of the Bush administration to politicize it and slander
    Democrats with it.
    How fucking UN-AMERICAN.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/10/2132/51889

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  16. daveminnj says:

    rove is doing a little rat-fucking on joe.
    i wonder when/if joe will figure it out?

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  17. Matthew says:

    Wow, do we owe Joe Lieberman an apology. America’s favorite “independent” Democrat is friends with Bush’s pet dobermann. Is there anyone Holy Joe won’t cuddle up with….except, maybe, poor people on the verge of bankruptcy.

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  18. Frank says:

    Rove just gave Lieberman another kiss of political death. Would anyone vote for a politician who is publicly supported by a treasonous son of a bitch who outed a CIA operative? Would anyone vote for a politician who is kissed and publicly supported by a Nurenburg quality type “leader”?
    The voters in Connecticut knew what they were doing. Bravo to them for kicking Joe out of the democratic party.

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  19. Concerned American says:

    Connecting the dots …
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/israel-the-us-and-the-c_b_26995.html
    the White House has convened a series of meetings over the past few months with leaders of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a newly formed political organization that tells its members that supporting Israel’s expansionist policies is “a biblical imperative.” CUFI’s Washington lobbyist, David Brog, told me that during the meetings, CUFI representatives pressed White House officials to adopt a more confrontational posture toward Iran, refuse aid to the Palestinians and give Israel a free hand as it ramped up its military conflict with Hezbollah.

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  20. Subway Serenade says:

    Gopers have enough problems right now. They don�t have to lecture us on how to be Democrats or where the mainstream is.
    Tout the latest terror scare Dick. Bur it was solved by good old fashioned police work, not war. But that�s that whole pre Iraq invasion mindset. You know, when the whole world was on our side�
    Make The Goper’s Lament!
    http://www.tellercreations.com/goperslament.mp3

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  21. Chocolate Sheik says:

    Hello Ms Claire Brown,
    Please do a careful examination of the origin and development of the two most powerful political parties in Iraq, viz., Al Dawa and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (sic!).
    I can guarantee you that most Americans have no idea that in direct response to the horrific atttacks of 9/11 George W. Bush and the GOP inadvertently fathered a burgeoning fundamentalist Shiite republic which has long and extremely close ties to Iran, a so-called `axis of evil’.
    I humbly suggest the title be “9/11 + Iraq = Bush’s Fundamentalist Islamic Republic”

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  22. Claire Brown says:

    And Steve won’t come on my TV news show, INN World Report, why Steve?
    We had James Bamford on today, Sibel Edmonds on yesterday, Stephen Walt on last week as well as the Syrian ambassador. INN World Report would welcome Steve on.
    http://www.innworldreport.net
    You have my email address, Steve, the invitation remains open.

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  23. km4 says:

    Minnesota Republican senate candidate Mark Kennedy, a dozen points behind Democrat Amy Klobuchar in latest poll (Rasmussen, 8/1), endorses Lieberman.
    So does McGavick in Washington state. He’s down 11 points (Rasmussen, 7/17).
    It’s an avalanche. All the GOP senate contenders who are sinking in the polls are endorsing Joe.
    — Josh Marshall

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  24. charlesjordan says:

    A friend like Zell Miller?

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  25. km4 says:

    FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 8-9, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.
    “Thinking ahead to this November’s elections, if the congressional election were held today, would you vote for the Democratic candidate in your district or the Republican candidate in your district?” [7/11-7/12 results in parenthesis]
    Democrat: 48 (42)
    Republican: 30 (34)
    Unsure: 22 (25)
    I am pretty sure this is the largest lead Democrats have held in a generic ballot poll since at least 1982 (and maybe before then).
    At 30 percent, it’s clear only the wacko fringes still support the Republican Party.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/10/193529/443

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