Trick Or Treat? The Life & Times Of Joe Lieberman


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The Huffington Post culled a few instances of Sen Joe Lieberman’s actions over the past few years in addition to his recent announcement that he would support a filibuster of health care reform if it contained a public option. Though we all know most of these, it’s fun to see them stacked side  by side. Trick or treat, indeed.

On Election Day 2008, Lieberman told Glenn Beck he feared America as we know it would not survive if Democrats got a 60 seat majority in the Senate.

Back in 1993, Lieberman called Bill Clinton’s reform “too governmental, too regulatory and too costly.”

Lieberman condemned the 2005 bankruptcy bill as “seriously flawed” and touted his vote against it — but he voted to end a Democratic filibuster, which was when it mattered.

In 2005, Lieberman was part of the “Gang of 14” that ended a Democratic filibuster of some of President Bush’s judicial nominees and promised that filibusters would end in “all but extraordinary circumstances.”

In 2005, Lieberman voted for Alberto Gonzales to become Attorney General andsaid when the disgraced official resigned that he “deserved our appreciation.”

During Bush’s Social Security privatization push, Lieberman refused to make his position clear. In 2008 he defended John McCain’s privatization plan.

When he lost the Democratic primary in 2006, Lieberman formed his own “Connecticut for Lieberman” party.

Lieberman repeatedly suggested that the U.S. might need to bomb Iran and claimed Iran was going to war with us.

In 2008, Lieberman backed the Republican candidate for president, John McCain.

During the 2008 election, Obama confronted Lieberman for issuing only half-hearted denials about rumors that the Democratic candidate was a Muslim.

Lieberman came to the defense of John Hagee, the pastor who said “Hitler was a hunter” sent by God to get “the Jewish people” to “come back to the land of Israel.”

In 2008, Lieberman refused to condemn waterboarding as torture and voted against banning it.

For years, Lieberman has championed the Iraq war and savagely attacked its critics.

During the 2008 campaign, Lieberman said it was “a good question” to ask whether Sen. Barack Obama was a “Marxist.”

On Election Day 2008, Lieberman told Glenn Beck he feared America as we know it would not survive if Democrats got a 60 seat majority in the Senate.

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Trick Or Treat? The Life & Times Of Joe Lieberman

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