Monday, August 28, 2006

"Joe Lieberman's Midlife Crisis"

That's the title of Willis Rodney's post in the satirical blog The Spoof! A sample:
Other Connecticut residents agree that Senator Lieberman's ever stranger behavior in the wake of his humiliating loss to political newcomer Ned Lamont last month is still, "vaguely interesting, mostly because it reminds me of my dad," says Sean Baybe, 23.

"Like, one day my dad comes home with a new Xbox 360 for himself. Dad, since when are you a gamer? And he's like, uh son, since forever? What a dork. Lieberman pretending a coke-snorting Yale jerkoff like George Bush actually cares about my friends who have died in Iraq is just lame. Ass kissing is pathetic. Then when Lieberman was on MTV trying to rap with Snoop and Busta, even though rap is like so dead. Dude! Like. You're old and a sellout and dying and stuff."
But satire can hardly keep up with the former Democrat and flipflopping Connecticut senator.
Lieberman said that he will continue to support the Democrats running for Congress even though they now support Lamont.

"It is a little bit harder, but I have endorsed the three of them," he said. Lieberman endorsed Joe Courtney over Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2, and Chris Murphy over Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-5. -- Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Post, 8/10/06
Fast forward two weeks:
Lieberman -- who after losing an Aug. 8 Democratic primary to Ned Lamont has launched a third-party bid to hold onto his seat in the Nov. 7 general election -- was asked whether he still endorses Diane Farrell, Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy, three Democrats looking to unseat endangered Republican incumbents Chris Shays, Rob Simmons and Nancy Johnson.

“I’m a non-combatant,” Lieberman declared. “I am not going to be involved in other campaigns. I think it’s better if I just focus on my own race.”

Lieberman made the remarks at a Friday morning photo op held in the rain under an I-95 overpass in the Fair Haven neighborhood to tout his role in bringing $50 million to the state to help ease transportation gridlock.

"It's a little awkward for me now" to endorse the Democratic candidates in the general election, he said, "since they all endorsed my opponent," Democratic primary winner Ned Lamont. -- Joe Lieberman, New Haven Independent, 8/25/06
Really, all you can do is laugh. Adding to the laughter: Today, SEIU 32BJ -- "the largest property service workers union in the United States” -- becomes the first union that endorsed Lieberman in the primary to endorse Lamont in the general election. The wheels are falling off Lieberman's shiny red midlife crisis Campaignmobile.

And as more voters join the chorus of embarrassed laughter, his shrinking lead in the polls over Lamont should vanish altogether.

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