June 20, 2006

Joe Lieberman: Good enough for veep; not good enough for Senate

From the Political Wire:

Interviewed on Bloomberg TV, Al Gore refused to endorse his former vice presidential running mate, Sen. Joe Lieberman (C-CT), in his re-election race.

Said Gore: "I am not involved. I typically do not get involved in Democratic primaries. Joe is my close friend, Joe and Hadassah are close to Tipper and me and it would be very difficult for me to ever oppose him. But I don't get involved in primaries typically. He's a great guy and he's right on a lot of other issues."

Of course, Gore did get involved in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries and backed Howard Dean over Lieberman.

Update: Political Wire has learned that former Connecticut Democratic party chairman George Jepsen is endorsing Lieberman's primary challenger, Ned Lamont, in a press conference this afternoon.

How can this be, you may ask? The answer is simple. Gore backed Dean in '04 because Gore had fallen into the moonbat Left category since his narrow defeat in the 2000 election ... and remains there. On the other hand, Lieberman has retained his common sense and perspective.

Maybe that also explains why the Connecticut branch of the NEA (National Education Association) and the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) have come out and endorsed Lieberman challenger Lamont.

UPDATE: It what is sure to make Gore happy, ABC News.com has a page up where it is asking its readers to share their personal stories of global warming. I am not kidding. They state:

Has your life been directly affected by global warming?

We want to hear and see your stories. Have you noticed changes in your own backyard or hometown? The differences can be large or small — altered blooming schedules, unusual animals that have arrived in your community, higher water levels encroaching on your property.

As James Taranto notes, "Essentially ABC is asking viewers to send in their anecdotes of warm weather, which it will claim are evidence of a warming climate."

Posted by Rhodey at June 20, 2006 05:42 PM | TrackBack

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Have you seen Gore's film, Rhodey? I saw it on Sunday. Pretty bland as a film, but the stats and science behind the whole thing are amazing. I'm tired of hearing right-wingers bashing films like this before even seeing them. Did you see Fahrenheit 9/11? I did. I also saw the Dick Morris film FarenHYPE 9/11 and the conservative-response film Celsius 41.11. Both good films. The thing with me is, I don't condemn right-wing films before I see them.

See Gore's film...you may be swayed.

Posted by: Mike M. at June 20, 2006 06:56 PM

Mike: Where did i mention Gore's movie? His global warming position has been well known long before it came out. I mention him regarding the ABC page in jest, anyway.

Still, if I saw Gore's movie, I'd certainly check his "facts" out before being swayed by them.

Posted by: Rhodey at June 20, 2006 07:05 PM

Hey Mike? You might want to check this site out as sort of a rebuttal to Gore's movie. (Thanks to Duffy over at Pencader Days for that.)

No, I haven't seen the movie. Don't know if I will. (Do I want to guffaw at scenes noted thusly: "Gore's credibility is damaged early in the film when he tells the audience that, by simply looking at Antarctic ice cores with the naked eye, one can see when the American Clean Air Act was passed.") Global warming is a very complex issue, and didn't Gore state (regarding his flick) that it is necessary to overdramatize it (paraphrase)?

I don't want to really get into the whole shebang here, but in general my view is that the planet is quite a resilient construct, and considering fossil fuels are finite and won't be used after about another 50 years or so, I find it very difficult to believe any human-caused warming effects can't be absorbed or reversed.

Posted by: Hube at June 20, 2006 07:38 PM

To be sure, Gore's film did suck -- as a film, that is. Had I known it would be a verbatim showing of his BS lecture, then I surely wouldn't have paid $10 to see it. That being said, Gore's thesis is exactly what you said -- that the effects of human-caused warming CAN be reversed. However, he lays out detailed facts (that, I'm sure, are backed up in the coffee table book companion to the film) stating what exactly global warming is and why it's so important to study and understand.

PS...you're taking the quote you mentioned (re: Clean Air Act) totally out of context. The line was played for LAUGHS in the film. People in Gore's audience laughed. I laughed. It was tongue-in-cheek. He was using the metaphor of being able to tell the age of a tree by counting its rings.

Posted by: Mike M. at June 20, 2006 11:20 PM

As the AEI pointed out, one of Gore's trips on a private jet to hector people about global warming causes more pollution than a Hummer produces in an entire YEAR. The man is in no position to be telling me about responsibility.

Posted by: Duffy at June 21, 2006 08:27 AM

When Gore picked Lieberman as his running mate, Lieberman had not yet revealed that he wanted to invade Iraq. Big difference. Also, Lieberman's cross-aisle activities seemed innocuous and harmless in the 90s, until the Bush admin took over all three branches and began implementing truly evil stuff with Lieberman's help.

Lieberman showed his true colors after 2000 and Gore and all of us have every right to change our minds.

See, that's the thing about progressives - we are able to change our minds based on events that happen in the real world. Unlike the Republicans, who - how does it go? "...believe the same thing on Wednesday they believed on Monday, despite what happened on Tuesday."

Furthermore, Gore learned a lesson from his defeat that the future of Democratic success lies in returning to the progressive roots. Not in sucking up to Republicans and calling it centrism.

Posted by: example at June 21, 2006 10:41 AM

....while Lieberman has retained his common sense and perspective

I don't mind Lieberman. Unlike some (you McCain bashing GOP'ers), I think diversity in a party is great. I'm gonna pull the lever in November for a pro-life, pro-gun, religious Democratic Senate candidate. And I'll be perfectly happy about it.

But give me a damn break on the "he's stayed the same while Gore has gone loony" bit. Nice perspective. Jeez oh man.

Posted by: dan at June 21, 2006 08:50 PM

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