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David Sirota

David Sirota

Posted: August 17, 2006 10:50 AM

Why Did Lieberman Ask For Sharpton's Endorsement?


Joe Lieberman is now playing the race card, attacking Ned Lamont for reaching out to national African American leaders. Lieberman is specifically attacking, for instance, Al Sharpton. The New York Times reports "Lieberman aides said that Mr. Lamont's association with Mr. Sharpton ...was a political albatross." Lieberman's campaign issued a statement calling Sharpton one "of the more divisive and problematic figures in the Democratic Party." But, then, if Lieberman really believes that, here's a simple question: why did Joe Lieberman ask Al Sharpton to endorse his campaign?

Here's the Associated Press story that ran all over Connecticut a little less than two weeks ago:

"Sharpton said Lieberman called him over the weekend to ask for his endorsement, but Sharpton told him he disagrees with him on too many issues."

So let me get this straight - less than two weeks ago Joe Lieberman was begging Al Sharpton to endorse his campaign. And now two weeks later, Lieberman is calling an endorsement by Sharpton a politcal albatross and attacking Sharpton "of the more divisive and problematic figures in the Democratic Party." And yet, Lieberman is the guy the media and political establishment is falling all over itself to call "honest" and "principled."

What this really shows is that Joe Lieberman is not only crassly dishonest and willing to use racial undertones for his own purposes, but he's also incredibly arrogant. He really thinks voters are very stupid people that will swallow his lying. The reason he's so mad about the primary is that the people he thinks are so stupid and not entitled to decide elections actually fought back. And come November, he's going to realize that dishonesty and arrogance can end political careers.