Monday, July 31, 2006


I'm not posting this to be critical. I'm genuinely perplexed. Why do some people like Lieberman? What, really, is there to like about the guy?

...oops, Stoller got there before I did.

Josh Marshall keeps talking about how much he likes Lieberman, what a nice guy he is and was, and how loved he was. The narrative seems to be that this guy fell from grace, a wonderful and brilliant man beloved by all who changed recently and suddenly, becoming out of touch and angry. I've heard it said that he is by far our smartest Senator, traditionally with the best and most loyal staff on the Hill.

Maybe it's because I'm inexperienced in politics, but I don't get this at all. Lieberman's justification of torture is just a flashing red light that this guy has no moral center. But Josh isn't the only one talking as if Lieberman were once Ghandi; it's a trend among men I know that are in their thirties or above, and had a strong connection to the political establishment prior to 2001.