I was ruminating - as I often do after a nice walk, slurp of puddle water, and a biscuit - about the dust up over Lewinsky, Lieberman, and that unfortunate e-mail from Lamont that to the untrained eye looks like one whopper of a flip-flop.
Two Lamont quotes really got me hot on the collar. The first, reported in the NYTimes has Lamont referencing Joe's Lewinsky speech and saying, "You don't go to the Senate floor and turn this into a media spectacle." http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/08/com.html?_r=180ref=slogin Yeah, that whole Lewinsky thing was really about to drop off the news page before Joe took to the floor. If I recall people had almost completely forgotten about, what was her first name? That's right Monica. As I think back to the summer of '98, America was positivley riveted over the new fall television season and the premiere episode of "Celebrity DeathMatch." (God, I wish they had TIVO back then!) Then Joe had to ruin it. He had to remind us that our President was facing impeachment.
The second, was Lamont's take on what he would have done. That's the one that really ticked me off. "You go up there, you sit down with one of your oldest friends and say, 'You're embarrassing yourself, you're embarrassing your presidency, you're embarrassing your family, and it's got to stop,'" said our courageous Senate hopeful. news:yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_el_se/connecticut_senate
You know, he hasn't even cast his first vote and he's already behaving like he's in the old boys' network - the Senate "Club."
"What I would do, is I'd sit down privately with Senator Stevens and I'd say 'Ted, we really don't need to spend $13 gazillion on a bridge in Tundra Blossom, Alaska to an uninhabited island known only for its perrin poop. You're embarrassing yourself with this and the other 13,000 pork barrel projects in this bill. You've got my support Ted, because, you know we've been, like, friends for 19 days. But I just wanted you to know how I felt. Wow, I feel much better now that I got that off my chest.'"
You see, Ned, that's the problem with the Senate. These guys would rather privately tell their friends in the Club that something is wrong over taking a stand.
The fact is that 8 years ago, Joe Lieberman kind of saved the Democratic Party. He showed average Americans that Democrats had a conscience and that certain behavior was reprehensible, even if it was the behavior of someone we loved, admired and respected. He gave us a path back to normalcy. Joe's speech was the reason he was selected by Al Gore to fix his problem - his association with a president who had become too controversial.
The sad thing is that Ned was right to praise Joe 8 years ago. And he would have done himself good not to flipflop this past week - not just because flipflops look bad, but because he could have elevated himself to be something greater than a contrarian.
Oh, well, back to Celebrity DeathMatch.
- The Vicious Poodle