A Connecticut Flunky in John McCain’s Shorts

(CNN) — Democrats accused fellow lawmaker Sen. Joe Lieberman of misleading the Republican National Convention when he addressed them in a speech Tuesday night.

A senior Barack Obama campaign adviser said Lieberman flat-out lied when he told delegates that Obama never successfully reached across party lines.

“Joe Lieberman ought to be ashamed of himself for some of the things he said tonight, not as a Democrat but as an American,” adviser Robert Gibbs said on “Larry King Live.”

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Lieberman attacked Obama’s rhetoric, saying “eloquence is no substitute for a record.”

“In the Senate, [Obama] has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party,” Lieberman said in his speech.

Gibbs stressed that it was a “flat-out lie” that Obama hasn’t reached across party lines during his time in public office. Gibbs cited Obama’s work with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, on the government budget.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spokesman Jim Manley said Reid too was unhappy with the tone of Lieberman’s speech.

“As the American people have made very clear, the last thing this country needs is another four years of the same old failed Bush-McCain policies of the past,” Manley said.

Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement that the convention speeches also showed how out of touch the McCain campaign and Republicans are with the American people, neglecting to talk about one of the country’s biggest problems: the economy.


On the defensive: Early this morning, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds announced that the campaign today “will launch a forward leaning effort to counter the shameless smears that have prevailed during Governor Palin’s introduction to the American voter.” Those activities include: […] holding a press conference by Joe Lieberman and Eric Cantor to denounce an Obama campaign accusation that Palin was a Pat Buchanan supporter, and putting female McCain aides and surrogates out for interviews “to demand better treatment for Gov. Palin’s family.” It’s been five days since McCain picked Palin and the campaign still appears to be playing catch up regarding all things Palin. So in its attempt to deal with all things Palin, the campaign is creating straw men regarding attacks on her. They want all attacks to be seen through the prism of “sexism” (see Laura Bush) or simply as “smears” […]


Last night: […] As for Lieberman, his presence in network primetime was what the campaign wanted. While us Beltway types may know Lieberman has been a McCain guy for some time, it may have been a surprise for the casual observer to see Al Gore’s running mate endorsing McCain and whacking Obama. (As NBC’s Chris Donovan reminds us, Lieberman had promised not to attack Obama. ”I would not go to speak to attack Barack Obama,” he told the New York Times in July. ”I would go to say why I’m supporting John McCain.”) The speech itself was flat in the hall. Then again, Joe’s never been a great speaker, even as he enjoys trying to be a modern day Henny Youngman.


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21 responses to “A Connecticut Flunky in John McCain’s Shorts

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    oh nonnie, i am trapped in an alternate universe! did you know more people in wasilla voted for sarah palin that people in the usa voted for joe biden? did you know the dems are big brother?

    cindy lou is trying really hard to look soft and pretty tonight too.

  2. jenn,
    and didja know that rethugs are all about the people, not corporations?
    i was thinking that cindy lou looks old and washed out tonight. i bet she lent sister sarah those earrings.

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    oh i forgot to look at sarah’s earrings. and i’m not changing the channel again. i need tds therapy badly.
    i am scarred.

  4. the word that kept occurring to me was undignified.

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    susan eisenhower is on with stephen colbert.

  6. just saw it. the shock was almost too much for me. going from a screeching shrew to a lady with class. and if someone wants to accuse me of sounding sexist, screw ya!

  7. jlms qkw - jenn

    nonnie, you and harry reid obviously need vocabulary lessons.

  8. jlms qkw - jenn

    the best part of the whole night was when willard said the supreme court was too liberal, and that the dems were the party of big brother.

  9. i didn’t watch any of the speeches except for sister sarah’s. there is just so much my stomach can take.

  10. I’m glad Lieberman defected. He’s always reminded me of a cross between Droopy Dawg and ALF’s father.
    Basically he’s a turd on a bagel.

  11. i think he looks like the late ray walston–my favorite martian–if ray walston started melting.

  12. nightowl724

    Funny titles, nonnie! I have to say that the background elephants were a nice touch, too. JMcL makes Dems look bad in so many ways, not the least of which is what kind of VP/Prez he’d have been!

  13. jeb

    Ah that will rally up the old base, bring on Joe. Not that we’d ever vote for him, he’s libural and he was a Dem who ran with the tree hugger against our hero dubya, and I hear he ain’t even a Christian!

    I’m sorry, I just forced myself to endure the former Community Organizer with Responsibilities um, speech? I watched it on the RNC YouTube link. I noticed that several times during the stilted applause, that I heard her quickly muttering words that I think were parts of the next bit of speech to come. Granted, giving that speech is a hard thing to do, but I can tell ya, she ain’t exactly exuding confidence!

  14. nightowl724

    Karen. Jeb. Love your avatars!

  15. jeb

    Nightowl, it’s clearly a dirty trick. That’s a rethug delegate!

  16. jeb

    OK, I’ve been sitting here doing some stuff on my PC with the news blaring in the background while talking heads keep telling us what a job Sarah did and how she hit it out of the park. Were their two version of the speech? What did I miss? Are they living in an alternate universe?

  17. nightowl,
    i was pondering what to put in the background when i remembered i had seen some rethug xmas ormanments in the google. jmcl doesn’t make dems look bad, he makes the connecticut for lieberman party look bad. he’s not a democrat. period.

  18. jeb, they are showing a propaganda piece on sister sarah now, and i think my dinner might be coming up. lie after lie after lie.
    what did her speech teach us? it taught us that she’s a nasty attack dog who can read off a teleprompter. oh, hurrah, hurrah!! she was a fu¢king sports anchor for a tv station. they read from teleprompters!! 😯
    a friend of mine who doesn’t follow this crap as closely as we do told me that she tried to watch the speech last night, and sister sarah’s voice was like chalk on a blackboard. she had to turn it off.
    this might have turned on the rethug base, but i doubt that will be enough this time around. the base was already with them, grudgingly as it might have been. what they succeeded in doing was firing up another base–the democratic one.

  19. forgot–jeb, do you like your avatar? if not, i can change them back to the ghostlike character or there are others in wordpress.

  20. keena barns

    hi im keena and i live in baltimore maryland and i go 2 beechfied elementry middle school
    and my comment is fu¢k mcCain

  21. hello keena barns,
    welcome to the raisin! 😀

    i have no way of knowing if you are telling the truth about being in elementary school, but if you are, then i hope that you will not continue to use language like that. there are better ways to express yourself, and i hope you will use your other words to say how you feel.