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Joe Lieberman (I, CT)

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I ran into Senator Lieberman in the Russell Rotunda as he navigated between television appearances.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think so… and I’ll leave it to others to pick apart his record and substantiate my gut feeling here. But it seems to me as if Lieberman was once a reliable progressive. After (or during) the 2000 election debacle, he navigated toward the center. Then came 9/11, and then Iraq… Lieberman enjoyed his status as “statesman” and for a while, he was deluded by a fawning press into thinking that he was a renaissance man of modern politics – adored by everyone, left and right.

Then, in 2003-4 and again in 2006, reality bit him in the ass. And he was completely blindsided. All of the people that wrote nice things about him in the op-ed pages of the Washington Post… Sean Hannity… George Bush and Dick Cheney…. they all adored him! How could it be that the people – the riff-raff – weren’t equally in love?

Well, it must’ve been the new guys on the block – those “bloggers” and the rest of the lunatics on the far-left. They pissed in Good ‘ol Joe’s punch-bowl and ruined everything.

But Joe just knew he was loved. And ultimately, he was right. All it took was a party switch and he won re-election handily in 2006. Of course, his love comes from George Bush and Dick Cheney fans… Friends of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck… tea-baggers, birthers and assorted extremists… But in the end, Joe Lieberman is in the Senate and Ned Lamont is not.

I don’t think that lesson has been lost on Joe. I think he knows who butters (and buttered) his bread, and he’s changed political stripes to stay in the good graces of his new-found base. I don’t think the Joe Lieberman of 1998 would have in a million years opposed a public option. (Yeah, I know, he was too busy criticizing Bill Clinton, even then. So, like I said, maybe I’m wrong about this).

Anyway, the question on everyone’s minds is whether or not Joe will stand with Democrats and vote for cloture if it is necessary to bring a health care bill with a public option to the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote.

In the video, he tells me he hasn’t decided.

So I ask him if it would matter if support for the public option was running at 60-65% in his state.

He tells me he is always interested in what the people have to say, and then goes on to do a bit of filibustering of his own to end my interview.

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October 8, 2009 at 1:50 am

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Jeff Sessions (R, AL)

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For a party that relies so heavily on the “values voter” (an aside: what are the rest of us?) to win elections, it has always been striking to me that the Republican Party tolerates so much debauchery within its ranks. From “Hot-tub Tom” Delay, to the world-famous party-boy John Boehner, to David Vitter to John Ensign, to John Sweeney, to Mark Sanford… not to mention David Dreier, Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham’s “alternate” lifestyles, it just seems to me that a party of principled standard-setters would want to do a better job of self-policing.

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October 8, 2009 at 1:48 am

Kay Bailey Hutchison

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I caught up with Kay Bailey-Hutchison in the Senate hallway. She’s the Texas Senator running a primary challenge against Republican Texas Governor, Rick Perry. A few weeks ago, a Texas newspaper – The Austin American-Statesman discovered that KBH’s campaign website had embedded some pretty interesting search terms in its meta-data.

Most commercial and campaign websites include an invisible list of search terms in the code used to display the page. Used responsibly, the terms are useful to search engines because they help narrow and focus results. Used another way, you end up with results like these.

Anyway, KBH’s website embedded the term “rick perry gay.”

The campaign claimed it was all a big mistake caused by a computer glitch. I thought it would be interesting to ask the Senator if the “issue” will be revisited.

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October 6, 2009 at 9:03 pm