Obama takes Lieberman behind the woodshed

Posted in Opinion by yliza on June 5, 2008

(I read about this on Jack and Jill politics. Of course, the next thing I did was look for some video on YouTube.)

Yesterday, Joe Lieberman publicly challenged Obama’s judgement regarding foreign policy (h/t Daily Kos):

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), a McCain supporter, challenged Sen. Barack Obama’s judgment and experience on Israel and national security issues, following the Illinois senator’s speech this morning at the influential pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, conference in Washington. Lieberman said there was “a disconnect between some of the things [Obama] said today” and some of his past statements.

“To be specific, I was troubled earlier in the campaign season when Sen. Obama compared Iran and other rogue and terrorist states to the Soviet Union, and minimized the threat represented by Iran. I think that’s wrong. Today he said he thought Iran represented a grave threat. I think the statement he made today was right.”

Lieberman brought up Obama’s opposition to the Kyl-Lieberman amendment that labeled the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, pointing out it was supported by 29 Democratic senators. The amendment passed 76-22.

“That measure was supported by three-fourths of the Senate, including Sens. Reid, Schumer, Durbin and Clinton. Sen. Obama opposed it, saying it was saber-rattling referring to the threat of military force. If you look at the Kyl-Lieberman amendment as it was passed, it has none of that in it regarding military action. I still hope he will say that vote was a mistake and he will support that resolution.”

umm….opposing the Kyl-Lieberman admendment was a GOOD thing. The last thing the Senate needs to be doing is giving the administration an excuse to attack Iran.

But back to the point. Lieberman supports McCain and has all but declared himself a Republican. He certainly has no problem echoing GOP talking points. He’s been getting away with it for a year and a half, but it looks like that’s about to change.

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They had a 3-minute chat in a corner. Witnesses say Obama’s body language was “intimidating”. One hopes Obama was laying down the law and telling Lieberman where he’ll be next year if he doesn’t begin to play nice.

It’s about damned time someone took Lieberman to task for pretending to caucus with the Democrats while advancing the GOP’s failed Middle East policies. Let’s hope we elect enough Democratic senators this year so we can kick this poser to the curb.