Joe Lieberman urges compromise in final Senate speech, hard feelings abound

For a while, Al Gore liked to introduce himself by saying, “I used to be America’s next president.” We don’t know if Joe Lieberman ever told anyone he was once America’s next vice president, but he did hang on in the Senate after that 2000 campaign, most recently as an independent. That party switch in 2006 was the result of a loss in the primary to Ned Lamont. In 2008, he supported John McCain in his campaign for president.

It’s not surprising, then, that in his final speech on the Senate floor this afternoon, Lieberman called for more cooperation across the aisle and cited political polarization as the greatest obstacle to progress in Washington. How well did that message play with observers? It seems there still are plenty of hard feelings to go around.

So that’s what reaching across the aisle gets you, huh? There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

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    Apparently no one cares…

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    This man is someone who I simply can’t listen to.

    I’ve tried. Many, many times…

    I don’t mean to imply that his speeches are poorly written, they’re often good… sometimes even great– even when it’s apparent that he doesn’t believe a word of what he’s saying.

    I usually read the transcripts of his speeches, but watch him on television with the sound off.

    He whines—always.

    Even when he’s happy and comfortable with the audience he’s speaking to.

    People I’ve spoken with who’d know tell me the whining is his normal speaking mode. He has a whine for all occasions: a happy whine, a sad whine, a discouraged whine… even an angry whine! That last must be something to hear, I can’t imagine how an “angry whine” would sound!

    I don’t know how his family stands it. Perhaps it’s just that I’m old– generational differences, etc– but when I was young, if a man whined constantly, there’d be a line of people queued-up around the block to slap him silly— they’d do it as a favor to him out of love for him, b/c the thought was that a man constantly whining for no visible reason was a form of persistent hysteria. Sort of like shell-shock.

    But other than the constant whining, he seems as ok as any politician. Not someone I’d leave to babysit with the silverware chest unlocked, but ok to have around as long as he was supervised.

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