Lieberman Gets the Republicans to Clap for Everything They Hate About McCain

By Arnab Datta

Sep 2, 2008 11:04pm

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the self-styled "independent Democrat" from Connecticut, just spoke.

He got the GOP conventioneers to cheer for former President Bill Clinton, saying that Clinton — unlike Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, Indy Joe said — "stood up to some of those same Democratic interest groups and worked with Republicans to get important things done like welfare reform, free trade agreements, and a balanced budget."

The whole thing was odd. Even beyond Bill Clinton, he got Republicans to cheer for other things they don’t support.

Such as McCain’s record of working across the aisle on legislation Republicans loathe — "to reform our campaign finance, lobbying and ethics laws, to create the 9/11 Commission and pass its critical national security reforms, and to end the partisan paralysis over judicial confirmations," Lieberman said.

McCain-Feingold? Hated by Republicans. Hated, hated, hated.

The 9/11 Commission?

Need I recall what conservative star Ann Coulter said about the 9/11 widows while selling books to this very crowd?

Judicial confirmations?

These people had fits about the "Gang of 14."

"If John McCain was just another go-along partisan politician, he never would have led the fight to fix our broken immigration system or to do something about global warming," Lieberman said. "But he did!"

Republicans clapped, but my God it was some of the least sincere applause I’ve heard since my 5th grade piano recital.

Immigration reform? Global warming?

This shows you just how worried Republicans are about losing. And how McCain might be the only Republican to make this race competitive.

These people don’t like bipartisanship! They’re Republican delegates!


Oh…I almost forgot Lieberman’s obligatory reference to the Lord: "God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man."

Not to get picky…but he is John Sidney McCain the Third.

Ok, that’s nitpicking. Sorry.

- jpt

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