Today's edition of the Daily Cup of Joe is pretty incredible. After Ned questioned why Lieberman had missed at least 16 key votes on the Iraq War, Lieberman responded by trying not to answer the question, and instead just saying Ned was being "negative." This, despite the fact that, when Sen. Lowell Weicker in 1988 accused Lieberman of being negative for asking the same questions, Lieberman correctly said voting attendance is an important issue.
But perhaps even worse are new revelations that Joe did not just miss 16 votes. According to official Senate records, he has missed 31 out of 61 of all the U.S. Senate votes on Iraq since the war began. Put another way, the senator who has made championing the Iraq War the centerpiece of his political career has skipped more than half of the actual votes that have dealt with that war.
Then, of course, there was Lieberman's nauseating attempt to mislead reporters yesterday on this issue. As the Hartford Courant reported, Lieberman said that had he decided to attend the votes he missed last week, he would have voted for the Iraq legislation to demand better reporting to Congress on the war. "Why not have more information?" Lieberman asked rhetorically, as if we're supposed to think, of course Joe would vote for basic reporting.
Yet, Lieberman has actually voted the opposite way on the rare occasions he's actually shown up to vote. According to Senate records, in 2004, Lieberman cast the deciding vote against legislation "To require reports on the efforts of the President to stabilize Iraq and relieve the burden on members of the Armed Forces of the United States deployed in Iraq." Had Lieberman not voted against the legislation, it would have moved forward. Instead, it died in a Senate debate decided by one vote. So while Lieberman wants reporters to think of course he's always been for better reporting and accountability on the war, in fact, he's cast deciding votes against that very concept.
Ned is giving a big speech at Yale University today on national security, contrasting his positions with Lieberman's record on the issues, and record skipping key votes that would have held the White House accountable. Check the campaign's website for the speech later today - and in the meantime, go over to www.truthaboutjoe.com and sign up for your Daily Cup of Joe.