When I set out to choose a running mate, I said from the start that I had three simple tests:
First, and most importantly, I wanted someone who had the experience, the character, and the judgment to become President on a moment’s notice, should that ever become necessary.
Second, I wanted someone who could work with me as a partner – someone who shares my values, and believes in the promise of America — as I do.
And third, I wanted someone who would fight right alongside me for the people, not the powerful.
Joe Lieberman has the experience and the integrity. He has the courage and the commitment. And for all his public life, Joe Lieberman has stood for working families.
No one is better prepared to be Vice President of the United States.
Those are the words of Al Gore, spoken in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 8th, 2000.
You know: the guy whom the Democrats are now begging to stop the slap fight between Clinton and Obama. Al Gore: the guy who won the Nobel Prize for Hot Air. He was just loving on Joe Lieberman back then.
So how did it come to pass that hating Joe Lieberman has become such a cottage industry that the most slack-jawed, doctrinaire, unoriginal, three-hits-per-week liberal blogger can now post “Lieberman Sucks!” and be rewarded with a Comments thread that the Huffington Post would envy?
I know: it must have happened later. Yes, 2005, it definitely must have happened in 2005.
November 29, 2005
Washington, DC — Today, Senators Clinton and Lieberman announced that they will introduce the Family Entertainment Protection Act when Congress reconvenes in two weeks.
No, it was 2006.
July 14, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. –Former President Bill Clinton is sticking up for U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and his support of the Iraq war.
“If we allow our differences over what to do now in Iraq to divide us instead of focusing on replacing Republicans in Congress; that’s the nuttiest strategy I ever heard in my life,” Clinton told the nonprofit cultural organization.
Then it had to be in 2007. But, wait, Hillary Clinton voted for the Kyl-Lieberman amendment in September of 2007.
When did Joe Lieberman so change his essential nature that he now deserves the scorn of liberals? We have at least one of the Democrats running for president voting for his amendment just a few months ago.
“But, but, but, he endorsed McCaaaaaaaaaaaaaain!” “He’s campaigning for McCaaaaaaaaaaaaaain!”
So he is. A man with a lifelong record of supporting the Democratic party’s agenda is now working for the other party’s candidate. The man who was the object of Al Gore’s approbation as well as his choice for VP Went Over to the Other Side!
It couldn’t be that he’s just a little bit disgusted by both Hillary and Obama in their race to promise more and more of what they can’t and won’t deliver now could it? Nor could it be their unseemly and craven struggle to see who can raise the white flag highest and quickest in Iraq either. No, Joe Lieberman has just gone crazy. That’s it. No sense in looking at yourselves, Democrats. No sense in wasting a minute’s thought on why Joe Lieberman left the party after serving it for so many years.
Rock on Democrats! It’s going to be an interesting election for you.