What You Talkin’ About, Lefty?

Faithful Reader and favorite of the Damn Lefties, LT, calls me out for looking forward to Joe Liberman getting “his traitorous ass kicked to the curb in January.”  LT says

My apologies for my complete lack of memory or attention span, but what did Lieberman do to get branded as a traitor by you?

It’s a fair question, and a good reminder that those of us who claim to be better than to engage in thoughtless partisan name-calling should, well, be more careful about when we deploy partisan name-calling, even if it is thoughtful, at least in our own minds.

I should have been specific that Joe Lieberman is not a generic traitor.  That sort of term should be saved to refer to people who are actually traitors to their country.  Although there are many, many reasons to want to see him brought low and banned from the corridors of power, I do not believe that Joe Lieberman has anything other than what he sees as the best interests of America at the heart of his actions.  I just believe that he is sadly, sadly mistaken in his application of those principles, and arrives at some dangerously wrongheaded conclusions about them.

However, the fact remains that he should not in any way be considered a member of the Democratic party in good standing any longer, which does make him a traitor to his party.  If the man had to, in his conscience, endorse McCain for President, I can accept that.  I’ll disagree with him, but not revile him, for doing so.  However, after promising that he would not badmouth then-candidate Obama while speaking at the Republican convention in September, he crossed all sorts of lines from ‘conscientious objector’ to ‘mindless partisan hack’.  A few of his greatest hits from that speech:

in the Senate, during the three-and-a-half years that Senator Obama’s been a member, he has not reached across party lines to accomplish anything significant, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party to get something done…

…when colleagues like Barack Obama were voting to cut off funding for our American troops on the battlefield…

And, for me, at least, the final straw was when he picked up the rankest fearmongering Republican talking point on Election Day, saying in response to a question from CNN host Glenn Beck about the fact that, if the Democrats pick up a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, “in many ways America [would] not survive.”  Lieberman, ever the “fair and balanced” one, responded

Well, I hope it’s not like that, but I fear.

For me, that kind of shit gets you named a traitor to your party.  In no way should Joe Lieberman be considered a Democrat.  He may still be a hawkish liberal, but he is a dishonest, partisan, hack Republican, and should be treated as such.

I guess there is still an outside hope that the Democrats, with Lieberman and Sanders, could get their way to 60 Senate votes, in which case Reid and the Dem caucus would probably consider it worth the sacrifice to keep him on board, a move I could understand and maybe even support, if not agree with.  However, if the Dems end up at 59 votes or less, I hope that Lieberman is treated with exactly as much little respect as he showed the Democrats and their nominee during the campaign.

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