Archive for ‘Joe Lieberman’

August 8, 2009

Lieberman, Collins, Grassley express ‘serious concern’ about ITC’s IG

Scored a minor scoop today from Capitol Hill:

Three senators, including Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, have sent a letter to Shara L. Aranoff, chairwoman of the International Trade Commission, expressing “serious concerns” about the contractual terms under which the ITC’s inspector general is hired.
The letter, signed by Lieberman, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — the committee’s ranking Republican — and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), complained of the ITC’s unusual practice of hiring the agency’s IG under a six-month contract, which the senators suggest may undermine the watchdog’s independence.

Read the whole thing. What is significant is that this is the first evidence that Lieberman’s committee is willing to cooperate with Grassley, who has been bulldogging IG-Gate for nearly two months.

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November 23, 2008

Impotent Netroots deny impotence

Jamie Kirchick in the New York Daily News:

Barack Obama isn’t even President yet, and he’s already angering some of his most devoted followers on the party’s left wing. This is the mark of what could be a very successful presidency.
“With its congressional majority, the Democratic Party has refused to seriously try to end the war, to stop the bailout and to stop the trampling of civil liberties, just to name a few off the top of my head,” wrote David Sirota on the popular liberal blog OpenLeft, decrying the serial betrayals of Obama and the congressional Democratic majority. The Democratic Party, he wrote, has “faced no real retribution” for its manifold heresies, something that Sirota believes he and his band of angry bloggers must change. “We better understand why this happened,” he fumed.
Allow me to provide an answer. You don’t matter.

Kirchick goes on to detail the failure of left-wing bloggers to force Senate Democrats to punish their longtime nemesis, Sen. Joe Lieberman, for his support of Republican John McCain. This is evidence, Kirchick says, “that the leadership of the Democratic Party isn’t as petty, vindictive and small as its left-wing supporters.”

Naturally, the “petty, vindictive and small” bloggers are angry — at Kirchick. So what do they do? Gay-baiting:

He’d be a classic Uncle Tom is he was African-American. Instead he’s a very unhappy gay wingnut, a sad species indeed, forever obsessed with trying to justify his pitiful existence.

That’s from a left-wing blogger whose post is headlined, “Jamie Kirchick Poops His Panties Because He Wants Attention.” Exactly how is Kirchick’s sexuality related to the topic at hand? Not at all. But this is how the Netroots operate, lashing out venomously at anyone who criticizes or opposes them. Tomorrow, they’ll be back to bashing conservatives as “homophobes,” without irony.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)