09/14/2006 01:22 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DAILY CUP OF JOE: Lieberman Skipped as Many Votes in Half the Time He Criticized in 1988

Today's Daily Cup of Joe over at is a doozy. You may remembe that in 1988, Joe Lieberman used an attack on his opponent's attendance record as the single defining issue in his campaign. His attack ad on the issue was so harsh, it became nationally famous. But now, 18 years later, Senate records show that Lieberman has a worse attendance record than his opponent did in 1988. In fact, he has missed just as many votes as his 1988 opponent, but in half the time.

Specifically, Lieberman skipped over 300 votes in just 3 and a half years (2003-present) - even though he criticized Weicker for missing over 300 in 7 years. In fact, in the seven years since 1999 - the same time period Lieberman criticized Weicker over - Lieberman has actually skipped more votes than Weicker - almost 400 in all. Shockingly, that includes missing more than half of all the Senate's Iraq votes since the Iraq War began.

Perhaps the worst part of this story beyond even the hypocrisy is what Lieberman was skipping votes for. Sometimes - such as last week - he's actually in Washington, D.C. but refusing to show up on the Senate floor to vote on critical issues like Iraq that might make him uncomfortable. At other times, he's gallivanting all over the country raising cash. As the Hartford Courant reported in 2003, at one point, "Lieberman was en route to a Silicon Valley fundraiser when the Senate voted to pay for the war in Iraq - a war Lieberman fervently supports."

In 1988, Lieberman criticized his opponent for "miss[ing] votes that could have really helped middle-class taxpayers, could have helped clean up our environment, could have protected jobs." He said "You can choose between a senator who has been there 18 years and seems to have lost touch with our common concerns, or you can vote for a senator who will be there when you and your family need him."

The same can be said today - only it can be said about Joe Lieberman. Voters can choose between a senator who has been there 18 years and has lost touch, or vote for Ned Lamont who will actually show up for the key votes, do the job he's paid to do, and take the tough votes to stand up to this administration.

Go check out the whole post at at

(DISCLOSURE: I have long been a volunteer supporter of Ned Lamont's candidacy and written extensively about the race. As of Labor Day, I am officially working with the Lamont for Senate campaign on research. The writing on this blog is my own, and not the official work I do for the Lamont campaign.)