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All Charm, No Compromise

by: Kim Hynes

Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:59:33 AM EST

((Great post. The big news here is that Joe might actually stand firm against Alito.) - promoted by BranfordBoy)

Representatives from DFA groups around the state went to Hartford with Jim Dean yesterday to meet with Senator Lieberman.  We went in prepared to talk about a number of topics:  the war (and the Senator's attitude toward it), the Alito nomination, the Patriot Act, and Senator Lieberman's uncomfortable closeness with the current administration.

Senator Lieberman was gracious and welcoming, and went on for a few minutes about how he thought that debate on the war was vital to the cause (yadda yadda yadda).  John Hartwell and I put forth our arguments that the war was at the point of being damaging to the US, Iraq, and the Middle East, and urged him to support a plan for withdrawal/redeployment of the troops.  I brought up the fact that it would be very nice if the Senator could take the lead in acknowledging that "staying the course" and "cutting and running" were not actually the only options here. Again, gracious response, that indicated while, he was happy to sit and drink coffee while we talked, he was not changing his stance, and the president was doing just fine with the war, thanks.

Vicki Usher and Carol (from Marilyn Mackay's group - sorry I don't remember your last name, Carol!) brought up the Alito nomination, and we all were pleasantly surprised with Senator Lieberman said that a filibuster was on the table for him - hopefully he'll stick to his guns!  And again, when Nathan Karnes discussed the Patriot Act, Senator Lieberman indicated that he strongly disapproved of the President's erosion of civil liberties and indicated he has a strong interest in making sure the Patriot Act doesn't go too far in the future (Nathan - can you comment more on this?).  Lastly, Jim led a discussion of how disappointed we were that the administration and the media were using the Senator as a schill for the GOP.  Senator Lieberman sweetly suggested that the media overplayed this and really, what could he do?  He also took this opportunity to remind us that all the Democratic Congressional candidates did oh so much better when he was at the top of the ticket.  Ego much, Senator?  Was that a veiled threat against mounting a primary?  It was hard to tell amidst the charm.  Please Senator Lieberman - lose the charm and renew your integrity!

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A couple of things (3.00 / 1)
1)DFA collected 15,000 signatures in a petition asking Joe to not stifle Debate which I'm sure was a factor in the Senator inviting this group to his office and Yet there is not one word about this meeting on DFA blog or even Ct Dean groups websites.

This should be remedied Immediately!

2)I wish you went into this meeting having a chance to get Something.I believe this group should have insisted Lieberman debate General Odem at Yale in order for you to even attend a meeting with Joe Lieberman.Joe's position on Iraq is indefensable and Public Debate is the way to prove that.

  I'm sure in the very near future Joe will be on Hannity and Colmes telling the fox audience how he "reached out to those people in DFA and even met with them but they're just totally unresonable and not good Americans like you Sean"

Keith, (4.00 / 1)
Pressing the Senator to debate anyone would simply not have worked.  He met with us a courtesy, but it is clear he simply does not believe his position is precarious in any way.  We asked him to filibuster Alito if the Democratic leadership decides to go that route, and he promised he would consider it.  Other than that, he has his own agenda, and, sadly, thinks he knows better than his constituents.

You met with him as a courtesy (0.00 / 0)
Remember,He serves you.

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He dosn't care about you (0.00 / 0)
He only serves himself and his own self interest. As long as he is popular among (Republican) voters in CT he can care less about what Democrats think.

This is why it's so very important to give him the boot during the Democratic primary whe the Republicans don't have a say in the matter.

support for congressional candidates (4.00 / 1)
I don't hold out much hope that Lieberman will change, especially on the Iraq.  Maybe we've helped influence him on Alito.  But I'd like to see him commit to something that would help us---to give some big, fat fundraisers for Joe Courtney, Dianne Farrell and Chris Murphy.  Lieberman has access to big money, why can't he send some of that towards races that we care about. I don't mean a little pro forma gesture, but a genuine big money event.  He could do this, it would generate good will in the progressive community, and be no skin off his nose...

skin off his nose (0.00 / 0)
Might there be some skin off his nose, though?  Supporting grassroots-supported candidates who, if they advance, might challenge him or the people he'd like to remain in charge of the party, later on.

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