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  • Joe Lieberman Walks Into a Bar

    David Rees — author of the dearly departed Get Your War On comic — is, I guess, blogging on True/Slant these days. (That's one of those websites that I should go to more, but that I don't, because I so rarely get to read the entire Internet these days.)

    Anyway, yesterday he posted 10 Jokes About Joe Lieberman and His Threat to Filibuster Any Health Care Bill Which Includes a Public Option, and — I'm gonna level with you here — you need to read them…

    1. Joe Lieberman walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. The bartender turns to him and says, "Sorry, we don’t serve bitter old egomaniacs here. And fuck your stupid parrot."

    2. Joe Lieberman walks into a second bar. The second bartender says, "Get out." Joe Lieberman says, "Why? Can't I buy a drink?" The second bartender says, "Don’t you get it? Everybody hates you."

    3. Knock, knock!
    Who's there?
    Joe.
    Joe who?
    Joe Lieberman.
    Get off my doorstep, you asshole.

    I heard that second one back in grade school. But the others were new!

    Seven more over here.


    Tags: David Rees, Filibuster, Get Your War On, Health Care, Joe Lieberman, Senate
  • Joe Lieberman Has Changed His Mind About Something

    Hey, far be it from me to come between Joe Lieberman and a guy who wants to call Joe Lieberman a douche nozzle, but this line of argument from HuffPo's Sam Stein seems a tad stupid

    Senator Joseph Lieberman's (I-Conn) threat to filibuster health care legislation that includes a public option for insurance coverage has sent minor shock-waves throughout Washington…

    Fifteen years ago, as a freshman Democrat, Lieberman actually worked to have the filibuster killed. He deemed the parliamentary maneuver "a dinosaur" that had become "a symbol of a lot that ails Washington today."

    Fifteen years ago, I thought U2 was one of the best bands in music history. Fifteen years ago, I thought modeling my hair off of Robert Smith from The Cure was a really good idea. Fifteen years ago, I thought the cheeseburgers at McDonald's were not all that bad.

    People change their minds about things sometimes over the course of a decade and a half. It happens. Calm down.

    That said, Joe Lieberman should fall off a cliff and land in the mouth of an exploding shark and then they should both get sucked into a black hole. I'm just sayin'.


    Tags: Connecticut, Filibuster, Health Care, Joe Lieberman, Senate
  • Joe Lieberman to Filibuster Public Option, Has Not Turned into Different Person Since Last November

    With Democrats like Joe Lieberman*, who needs Republicans

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he'd back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's health care reform bill…

    "We're trying to do too much at once," Lieberman said. "To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don't think we need it now."

    Lieberman added that he'd vote against a public option plan "even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line."

    I'm really surprised to see Lieberman acting like this after Barack Obama, Harry Reid and all the other Senate Democrats went to all that trouble to show him that he would never, ever have to face any consequences for any of his bad behavior.

    I'm just completely flummoxed over this.

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    * Yes, I know he's technically independent, but he still caucuses with the Democrats. And you'd better believe he's gonna be calling himself a Democrat while campaigning around Connecticut for re-election in 2012.


    Tags: Connecticut, Democrats, Filibuster, Health Care, Joe Lieberman, Senate