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Monday, March 24, 2008

2008 Elections: Sound Judgment Trumps Experience


When Joe LIEberwhore (I-Me) of Connecticut ran for his state's Democratic Party nomination, he was roundly defeated by challenger Ned Lamont. Whereupon he decided to run as an independent and by dint of some questionable tactics, managed to win the election.

A lot of voters responded to LIEberman's assertion that he had the experience necessary to represent them in Washington. After all, Ned Lamont, although he had all the right qualities and promised to work to end the illegal, immoral war of occupation in Iraq, didn't have the EXPERIENCE.

Well, the Connecticut newspaper, TheDay, decided to endorse LIEberman, based on his EXPERIENCE. They appear to be learning the painful lesson that, just because you've been doing the wrong thing for 20 years or more doesn't mean that you'll apply all that EXPERIENCE to doing the right thing later on down the line.
Rather than building the bridges The Day expected when it endorsed Sen. Lieberman, he appears busy burning bridges with the party of which he is allegedly still a member. Perhaps the senator is positioning himself for a top cabinet post in a McCain presidency. But if the Democrats prevail, and enlarge their control of the Senate, it is hard to imagine this Connecticut senator being welcomed back with open arms.
The only good thing to come out of this is that Joe LIEberman (Asshole-AIPAC) is finally being exposed for the snake that he is. All his hypocritical moralizing about where Clinton's weenie was, was just posturing. Who is more immoral, Clinton for his sexual obsessions? Or LIEberman's for failing to disclose that his wife, Hadassah, was a "senior counsellor" for Big Pharma, whatever that means. Apparently it means you can function as a lobbyist without having to register as one. It should come as no surprise that Big Pharma showed their appreciation for Hadassah Lieberman's "counsel" by pouring money into her husband's campaign. As the Salon article (registration required) says:
Among Hill & Knowlton's clients when Mrs. Lieberman signed on with the firm last year was GlaxoSmithKline, the huge British-based drug company that makes vaccines along with many other drugs. As I noted in July, Sen. Lieberman introduced a bill in April 2005 (the month after his wife joined Hill & Knowlton) that would award billions of dollars in new "incentives" to companies like GlaxoSmithKline to persuade them to make more new vaccines. Under the legislation, known as Bioshield II, the cost to consumers and governments would be astronomical, but for Lieberman and his Republican cosponsors, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., the results would be worth every penny. Using the war on terror as their ideological backdrop, the pharma-friendly senators sought to win patent extensions on products that have nothing to do with preparations against terrorist attack or natural disaster.
Which translates to, "once a whore, always a whore." So much for that "morality" for which The Day praised the Senatewhore.

We're facing a major election soon. One that could change this nation. Hopefully, TheDay's saga illustrates the relative importance of experience versus judgment.

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