Under no circumstances, should you buy this fraud’s new book.
You probably recall the basic details from the 2006 Connecticut Senate race. Incumbent Democrat Joe Lieberman lost his primary race to an actual liberal, Ned Lamont. Lieberman had voted for the disastrous Iraq War, which he still supported, but many had. To stand out, he sucked on a variety of other issues, including his opposition to affirmative action and openness to privatizing Social Security. The state was steadily shifting to the left since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992. Lieberman was no longer the best fit, and Democratic primary voters agreed.
However, Lieberman wouldn't accept the voters' decision. He started his own "political party," the humbly titled Conneecticut for Lieberman, and narrowly defeated Lamont and Republican Alan Schlesinger. Lieberman's successful spoiler campaign is why we don't have a public option.
Lieberman has a new book out called “The Centrist Solution," which I presume explains why wanting a better book isn't realistic. He reveals in an interview with The Hartford Courant how he pulled off his surprise comeback with a little help from his fiend, Karl Rove.
It all started on the afternoon of the August 2006 primary when Lieberman was sitting with his family in the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford — just hours before Lieberman lost to Lamont. The phone rang, and the family was stunned to learn that Rove was on the line.
Lieberman told Rove that the race could go either way.
"That's what we have heard," Lieberman quoted Rove as saying in "The Centrist Solution," a book scheduled to be released Tuesday. "And that's why the 'Boss' asked me to call you and tell you that if you don't win today, he hopes you stay in as an independent. He thinks the country needs you in the Senate and knows that the political problems you are having are because you have stayed strong on the war in Iraq. So, he wanted me to tell you that if you lose today and run in November, we will help you in any way we can."
This was all so generous of President George W. Bush! Lieberman was the load on the Democratic ticket in 2000 that lost to Bush, courtesy of the Supreme Court. Most people might not trust anyone involved in the judicial heist of a presidential election, but Senator Droopy Dog was all ears.
Republicans went so far as to tank their own candidate on Lieberman's behalf. Then-Senator Elizabeth Dole from North Carolina, who was chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, reportedly “proudly" told Lieberman that she'd steered funds away from Schlesinger. Rove also sent major GOP donors to Lieberman's campaign.
This might seem like a strategic error considering that Republicans got crushed in the 2006 midterms, losing six seats in the Senate and turning control over to the Democrats. If Schlesinger had won, Republicans would've had 50 seats with then-Vice President Dick Cheney providing the tie-breaking vote. However, John Kerry carried Connecticut by 10 points in 2004. Schlesinger was sure to lose as an actual Republican, so why not ensure that the next best thing wins the election?
During the 2006 Senate primary race, Lieberman claimed, "I want Democrats to be back in the majority in Washington and elect a Democratic president in 2008." A year later, he'd endorsed his buddy John McCain over his party's first Black presidential nominee. Imagine Paul Ryan endorsing Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden and actively campaigning with them. Lieberman's heel turn after his phone call with Rove was swift.
"That call on primary day was really surprising to me," Lieberman said in an interview. "It did help, and it showed on Election Day. I got a stunning vote among Republicans in Connecticut in the exit poll. I got a solid majority of independents and about a third of Democrats. I'm grateful."
Lieberman's enthusiasm for winning with a Republican's coalition reminds me of Republicans' new BFF Kyrsten Sinema. Arizona is trending Democratic just like Connecticut 30 years ago. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might rightly conclude that a Trumpified, MAGA loon might lose statewide but a Democrat in his pocket is a fair consolation prize.
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NSFW just kidding, but you still shouldn't watch it where people can see.
Remember a few weeks ago when Rudy Giuliani was NOT DRUNK, YOU WERE DRUNK, while giving some kind of September 11 speech, and he made the most pathetic attempt at doing a "British" accent we have ever heard? He was NOT MAKING FUN OF THE QUEEN, YOU WERE MAKING FUN OF THE QUEEN, and it was just sad, even by Rudy Giuliani's standards, and this is a guy who shaves in the middle of restaurants and whose entire face appears to leak in public.
Well, Rudy got on the internet on purpose again. We'll let the Daily Beast set this one up, because they clearly had too much fun writing this:
Rudy Giuliani has managed to find one last scrap of dignity to lose with an inexplicable and borderline incomprehensible attack video featuring himself disguised as Abraham Lincoln using an augmented reality filter.
HOW? How does Rudy Giuliani keep finding scraps of dignity to lose?
In the video, the former New York City mayor appears with a big superimposed hat and beard, and he, for some reason, meanders in and out of what seems to be his best attempt at a British accent.
Of course, because he thinks he knows what British people sound like, because he's so worldly.
As the Beast explains, it is an attack ad on Terry McAuliffe — you betcha — and it's about some sort of completely debunked smear from the 1990s about McAuliffe giving donors the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House like it was an AirBnB during the Clinton administration. You know Rudy Giuliani, always got his schram on the zeitgeist. (Rudy STOP TOUCHING THE ZEITGEIST WITH YOUR SCHRAM.)
Here's the damn video:
#mcauliffeisbad just listen to Abe https://t.co/tQbS9EVJ3Q— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani) 1634682188.0
In summary and in conclusion, if you ever wondered what a "Rudy Giuliani As Slutty Abe Lincoln" costume would look like for Halloween, now you know.
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Always Place A Plastic Bag On Your Mirror When Traveling Alone, Here's Why! Tabs, Wed., Oct. 20, 2021
These are ... not actually terrible car hacks??? It's tabs!
Steve Bannon's contempt of Congress report. — Congress
The Texas lege shot down Gov. Greg Abbott's request to codify his executive order banning private businesses from mandating vaccines. What does that do to his executive order? I don't know, this article doesn't say! (Texas Tribune)
FAUCI DID SOMETHING SHADY ABOUT A SPANISH FLU AND IT WAS MASKS THAT KILT ERREBODY ... oh wait, no, that's a HUGE LIE. — Reuters
Also Colin Powell. Aaron Rupar sexplains that sometimes, when someone has multiple myeloma, vaccines don't work that awesome, which is why it would be great if we could spread this bitch a little less! But Fox News decided to do the opposite. (Aaron Rupaar substack)
Balls and Strikes read Joe Biden's Supreme Court commission draft suggestions so we didn't have to. It is, apparently, some weak shit!
Joe Manchin now wants a cap of $60,000 on family income to be eligible for the child tax credit — so "raising taxes on families who make between $60,000 and $150,000, which is the current limit for the child tax credit" — but doesn't want to increase taxes on those making more than $400,000? That's fun and neat and we all love it a lot. (Talking Points Memo) David Dayen gets into it, please do not punch your computer, you will only hurt your hand. (The American Prospect)
Ed Markey says no climate, no deal. — Data for Progress
Department of Energy gives $40 million for 40 solar science projects. Needs three more zeroes. (DOE)
Gavin Newsom is phasing out new gas-powered mowers and leaf blowers. This is very good. — Grist
Walgreen's is claiming it's having to close all its San Francisco stores because of shoplifting, which apparently means we are supposed to recall San Francisco's progressive prosecutor, but ... whoa, they are lying? Well huh. (Adam Johnson substack)
Hey, remember Trump's "pandemic food aid" program that was literally like wedding caterers getting $20 million? Congress had a look. SPOILER: What the fuck did you think would happen? — ProPublica
The world doesn't hate us again. Thanks world! (Gallup)
This is why you mint the coin. It has to do with Terry Pratchett. — Cory Doctorow at Pluralistic
Sup FBI, doin' some raids on Oleg Deripaska and there is literally no other info in this story from NBC News? Cool.
Was the "toxic work environment" at "The View" that "I, Meghan McCain, am SO RUDE"? I don't know, I ain't reading that shit! An interview with Meghan McCain about the REAL reason she left "The View," at Variety!
Surprise, I am Carmen Mola. (The Guardian)
Employer Wrong About Thing. Very, very wrong. — Ask A Manager
Believe it or not, these are not actually terrible car hacks. Except of course they lied in the headline, it's not about "traveling alone," it's to keep snow and ice off your side mirrors. (Itsthevibe)
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Can that 'Dems in disarray' malarkey, will ya?
Some potentially promising news on the Build Back Better reconciliation bill from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who devoted her "A" block last night to the news that Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) had for the first time met yesterday with Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), the chair of the Progressive Caucus, to talk about where they are on the climate 'n' social safety net bill that contains most of Joe Biden's domestic policy agenda. It wasn't quite white smoke coming from the Vatican, but as Maddow put it, it seems like progress that the two of them were in the same room talking to each other, for a good two hours.
Maddow also noted that Manchin sat down with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) yesterday, and that after that meeting, a "notably chipper" Manchin smiled for photos with Sanders, a noticeable change following Manchin getting a bit snippy at Sanders over the weekend, when Bernie published an op-ed arguing that Build Back Better would be hugely helpful to West Virginians. Yes, even if the most Manchin would say yesterday was "We're talking." When the two got in their cars, Manchin told Sanders, "Never give up, Bernie," which is nice and mysterious.
Well, this just happened outside the US Capitol: https://t.co/A08M8eBsd8— Frank Thorp V (@Frank Thorp V) 1634596336.0
Still, Maddow thinks those meetings, and the news that Manchin also took a phone call from Joe Biden yesterday, seem like a positive step. We think we're going to agree with Rachel Maddow, just this once.
Here's the video of Maddow's interview with Jayapal; not surprisingly, Jayapal doesn't spill any beans on what exactly she and Manchin discussed, because negotiations. But she said she's confident Manchin wants a bill to pass, and that there will in fact be a Build Back Better bill for Biden to sign.
Jayapal mentioned, yet again, that getting legislation negotiated can be a "messy" and time-consuming process, but emphasized her belief that Build Back Better and the bipartisan infrastructure bill will ultimately be passed — so be patient, please. When Maddow noted that nothing's going to get passed without the votes of Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Jayapal agreed Manchin could sink Build Back Better if he wanted, but the fact that he's meeting and talking means he's not out to just kill Biden's agenda, so that's encouraging as well.
But, it may take a little bit of time. It may look opaque on the outside. And, it may be frustrating because, you know, I don`t think everybody`s going to get everything they want. And I think that is true. That is the reality.
Maddow wondered, though, about that "nobody will get everything" bit. Does Manchin seem to think that, since he has the ability to get nothing done at all, he'll get everything he wants? Jayapal wouldn't speculate on that one, but said that even if parts of the original proposal don't get passed in this reconciliation bill, Biden and progressives would continue to fight for them:
One of the things that the president`s said, he said it in Connecticut, he said it to me today, we are going to fight for everything. We might not just get everything in this particular moment. But we aren`t giving up on any of this, for the longer term.
Today, Biden met with Sinema at the White House (arriving back on Capitol Hill, she told CNN's Lauren Fox simply that the meeting had been "good"). Also today, Biden, VP Kamala Harris, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will all meet with House progressives, and later with centrists from both the House and Senate, to keep working on what the reconciliation bill will include.
The excitement continues, as does speculation about what will stay in the bill. Manchin has continued to insist he cannot abide a key provision on climate, namely the plan to move utilities toward serious reductions in carbon emissions. Manchin has repeatedly (and falsely!) claimed there's no need to spend $150 billion on rewarding utilities that meet carbon goals (and fining those that fall short), because, he claims, utilities are already transitioning to wind and solar.
As energy and climate maven David Roberts points out, that's simply not true. Biden's goal is to get all electrical generation to net zero carbon emissions by 2035. But at the current rate of renewable energy adoption, our power infrastructure will only reduce carbon emissions by 17 to 25 percent, and that's not enough. It's nice when market forces nudge industry in the right direction, but we don't have the luxury of waiting for it to happen, as we noted when Manchin was spouting that nonsense over a month ago.
Stay mad about this, call your congresspeople, especially if you live in West Virginia, and remember that just the reduction in pollution-caused illnesses will pay for the costs of getting rid of fossil fuels.
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