Lieberman and Couric

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Same old Joe. The "partisanship" argument is such a dodge. There's been a lot chatter out there about the weakness of the Senate. I guess. But what I see here is the incredible weakness Joe Lieberman shows in this video. His defense of that "Is Barack Obama a Marxist" crap is, coincidentally, Clintonesque. He dodges, hedges, reframes and recasts, but never head-up addresses the question, "Was I wrong?" "Should I have answered that question differently?" I'll never understand what a man like that has to lose by saying "You know I was wrong to say that, I should have said xxxxx." I went over this with Ayers, but people who express a fake regret, who can't actually publicly and honestly say where they were wrong display a certain dishonor. He can't man up. It's sad. But as always, I really believe that's on him--not Obama.

It's also amazing how "ending the partisanship" is always code for "I am right" when Lieberman is speaking, like crossing party-lines is somehow, in and of itself, valuable. Lieberman is an opportunist of the highest order.  I understand why they didn't take him down yesterday--it really isn't Obama's way. My man is focused on getting shit done--I really believe that--not meting out justice. But there is a time and place for meting out justice. 2012. Connecticut.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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