Now there’s a surprise. Former “Democratic,” then Independent, Senator Joe Lieberman, who famously endorsed Republican John McCain for President over Democrat Barack Obama, just joined a Republican think tank, the American Enterprise Institute.
Lieberman’s supposed job at AEI is to “rebuild a bipartisan consensus about big foreign policy questions.”
They left out part of the sentence. It should read, “rebuild a bipartisan consensus to support Israel at all costs and go to war, a lot.” I’m all for Israel, but people like Lieberman, who like to pretend they’re “bipartisan,” when they actually have a pretty extreme agenda themselves, tend to make me ill.
Joe Lieberman simply wants bipartisan support for his selfish dogmatism. The same way he sought bipartisan support in his attempt to kill health care reform, and in his successful bid to kill lowering the age of eligibility for Medicare, and in his unsuccessful bid to join the Republicans in seeking to gut Medicare. (Lieberman’s wife, by the way, worked for a health care, pharmaceutical lobbyist.)
Let’s recall a few more of Joe “I’m a moderate” Lieberman’s best bipartisan hits:
- Remember when Lieberman wanted an Internet kill switch?
- Or the time Lieberman, based on no information whatsoever, declared the shooting at Ft. Hood an Islamic terror act?
- Or when Lieberman played in to the Bush White House’s policy of fear by suggesting terrorists might strike again right after the US election, so we’d better elect John McCain.
- Or in 2010 when Lieberman thanked God that the Republicans were looking increasingly able to break the Democrat’s bicameral congressional majority.
- Of course, my favorite “Joe Lieberman is a bipartisan hypocrite” moment came when, two years after having supported a national plan for universal health care coverage, Lieberman said he’d filibuster the public option if it were included in Obamacare as promised.
So, it’s nice that Joe Lieberman has finally found a home with a party that can truly appreciate his desire to spend trillions of dollars getting America into more wars, while gutting Medicare. Good riddance.