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He Was For Demonizing War Critics As Terrorist Sympathizers Before He Was Against It

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In 2005, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D) attacked those who were raising questions about the Iraq War. He lashed out at war critics because he said they supposedly "undermine the President's credibility at our nation's peril" - a charge easily made against terrorists as well. Then, after he lost the Democratic primary in Connecticut, Lieberman more explicitly likened his opponent and his opponent's supporters to terrorist appeasers/sympathizers, saying their push for an exit strategy would provide "a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England." Now, a little over a month after that most recent "war-critics-love-Osama" statement, Lieberman gave a speech today saying, "It was wrong for some on the right to imply that some Democrats don't care if the terrorists succeed, or that debating the merits of the president's war policies emboldens our enemies."

No, I know - you are blinking your eyes in disbelief. You simply cannot believe that a politician can be so out of touch and so blinded by political desperation that in one month, he would go from likening war critics to Al Qaeda recruits, and then turning around in another month expressing pious outrage at people who liken war critics to Al Qadea recruits. But that's exactly what happened today. Go check it out yourself here.

(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.)