Monday, July 3, 2006

Wow. Bush DID Tell Cheney to Eviscerate Joe Wilson By Leaking Intel

Article here.

My disappointment: it appears he actually told Fitz about it, instead of lying to him. (My prophesies here, here, here, here, here.) But the pesky details (e.g., that he didn't know Plame was involved; yeah, right!) may still bite him in the butt.


Lieberman's Declaration of Dependence

At least there's one "Democrat" who remains reliable: Joe Lieberman (V-CT), who can be relied upon to let down both the Democratic Party and America's little-d democratic principles. On the day before Independence Day, he's outdone himself: like the WATB he (like all neocons) is, he has announced that he is an egotist first, a Democrat second, and that if he loses in the Dem primary to Ned Lamont, he'll run as an independent. Therefore, even before the primary race is held, Lieberman's out gathering signatures for a run as an independent in case he loses.

In Lieberman's mind, this is good campaign strategy, because he thinks that an independent bid would split Democratic voters in the general election, handing the race to the Republican challenger. He'll try to bully Connecticut's Democratic primary voters into handing him the nomination to prevent the seat from falling into Republican hands.

The truth? Lieberman's such a neocon these days -- simultaneously planted so firmly both in the rear wallet pockets of big campaign contributors and in the pasty white rump of Karl Rove that I get a headache trying to sort out the contortions that posture requires -- that he's as likely to split the conservative vote as the liberal vote; his independent candidacy will be a wash. And as to the primary, if this announcement doesn't unite Connecticut's Democrats behind Lamont, well, we don't deserve to win. (If you need more background or additional reasons to call Joementum the backstabbing Vichy he really is, surf these posts.)

So the title of Big Baldfaced Loser o' the Day goes to Joementum Lieberman, issuing his Declaration of Dependence on corporate money and the Bush White House to retain his nominally Democratic seat. And tomorrow I'll hoist a beer to celebrate the good citizens of Connecticut, whom I expect are independent enough to hand Lieberman his hat on primary day and again in November. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Please DONATE TO NED LAMONT HERE!

Now I'm going to go wash my hands, since I had to type the name "Liberman" so many times.

Happy Fourth, everyone. It's going to be a better second half of the year.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Bless you, GMT!

I finally go online long enough to find an article so relevant that I can shrug aside my obsessions and depressions and blog -- and find GMT has filled the void in my absence. Thankee.

My own input: Michelle Goldberg on HuffPo, h/t Atrios, on why Obama IS FUCKING UP by (maybe even unintentionally) buying into the radically unsuccessful DLC/Accommodationist line. Maybe if more people (besides me) say it, those entranced by Barack's centrist spel [yes, sic] will wake up and join those of us who see real potential in the boy, and are screaming for him to tell the triangulators to go to hell, and start carving out a true leadership course. Know how Colin Powell could have been the first African-American President if he'd declared as a Democrat instead of as a Republican? Barack's the evil twin: he might get himself nominated (my bet: as VP on Hillary's ticket), or even elected, but so what? If a man loseth his soul, what shall he gain? And if Obama joins the Carlyle Group, who gives a rip whether he's a "black" President? Better a Cheney or a Wolfowitz, so we can at least take aim at them directly without feeling conflicted.

What about me, you ask? Two months invested in the Christmas/religious wars book, all the good-looking chances at getting it published appear to be disintegrating, family and financial responsibilities (which are hitting redline after being neglected for two months) are dragging me away from finishing it, and now our landlords -- whom we used to like -- are acting like jerks, so we may need to move in the next month or two instead of staying put until my wife finishes school and my younger daughter graduates from elementary school. Which, of course, will put the finishing bullet in the book. I'm an unhappy, lost and bewildered camper. But it appears I do have friends, and a little bit of righteous anger left. Thanks for that.