A Sad and Lonely Lieberman Reaches Out

Put your mouse over the link below and a player will appear for our song for Joe Lieberman, “Coalition of Turncoats”. Lyrics at the end of the blog:

Coalition of Turncoats

Joe Lieberman is a sad, sad man. I realized this a few weeks ago when I read his page about McCain in the Time 100, which was funny in that is said nothing that has been true about McCain for at least 4 years, and because Lieberman wasn’t talking about McCain – he was talking about Lieberman:

“The essence of good political leadership is the courage to do what you believe is right when it is unpopular and the skill to bring people of differing viewpoints together to get things done.”

It’s the same drivel he’s been saying about himself since Connecticut Democrats decided he didn’t represent them. He must’ve loved the opportunity to write McCain’s Time 100 bit so he could extol the virtues he thinks he has, and which he thinks are the cause of everyone’s problems with him.

Still insulted (I like the term butthurt) over the 2006 primary to Ned Lemont and it’s been “I’ll show them” ever since. It’s informed every decision he’s made in the past 2 years.

Who endorses a Republican for President 8 years after being the Democratic VP nominee, and 2 years after one of the Democratic candidates’ husband who is a former president campaigned by your side through the most embarrassing six months of your political career, and when asked why says “because not one of the Democrats asked for my support?” A sad, sad man, that’s who – and that’s not putting country before political party, it’s putting childish resentment before any of these things.

So, when I got this email from Lieberman to McCain’s email calling on disaffected Democrats yesterday (he used the preferred GOP nomenclature, Democrat Party too!) to join Citizens For McCain, a “an organization within the McCain campaign for people who put country before political party and support the candidate for President who has a proven record of bipartisanship” via this pathetic shout-out to himself, I took it as more of a request for friendship than a call to action for McCain:

“I am confident we will find many Democrats and Independents who, like John McCain and me, put country before political party and will support a leader with a real record of bipartisanship… Please forward this email to your lists today and ask your friends, family, and coworkers who do not consider themselves Republicans to join me in filling out the Citizens for McCain form today.”

Surely, Holy Joe is reveling that for the first and last time in his political career, there is a swath of voters who in a fit of fury over having lost a political battle may be prepared to cast their principles aside and vote against their party out of vengeful immaturity, just like he has. If he can convince himself that that streak comes from a yearning to “put country before political party” and not said vengeful immaturity, maybe he can convince them too. Then, and only then, will Joe Lieberman have some friends who understand his pain.

Anyway, after that lovely missive from our favorite member of the Connecticut For Lieberman party hit my inbox, we scratched out this song about him, Coalition of Turncoats (play button is at the top of this blog). Enjoy.

Coalition of Turncoats

Hey Joe, thanks for the pitch
With an olive branch extended chasing ambulances into a ditch
It figures that you’re willing to go there
And it’s not just the war, it’s everything else
How the praise you give to others is thinly veiled praise for yourself
I know you won’t be finding it elsewhere

So thanks, but no thanks
You might be their only hope
And I’m sure that it hurts, so whatever works
Anything to ratchet up the ranks in your lonely coalition of turncoats

There’s a silver lining to the Florida mess
That you’ll never ever get to take up residence in that address
You’d probably be well on your way
So send out the overtures and open your hand
It’s lonely at the middle where no one can quite understand
Once we get the numbers they’ll show you the doorway

So thanks, but no thanks
If you’re their only hope
And I’m sure that it hurts, so whatever works
Anything to ratchet up the ranks of your lonely coalition of turncoats


Friday morning political tunes by other bands: State Radio

Chetro from jam-band-I-was-never-into Dispatch disbanded his old band, who sold out shows at Madison Square Garden based on people trading their tapes around, to do State Radio, this heavier, politically themed band. The Actual played with them once, they were great. Enjoy “Sudan”.