The Times ponders the departure of Joe Lieberman from the Senate, and you have to love this quote:

“Our biggest contribution was giving the surge a chance and giving Bush political cover to change strategies,” Mr. Graham said. “Joe was the real hero because he denied the Democrats the 60th vote to set a timeline for withdrawal. If that had not happened, we would have never had the surge.”

That’s a hell of a legacy. I feel that Lieberman is going out far better than he deserves–getting dumped in 2006 would have been a pretty fair end for him, IMO, and though arguably his last term was his most irritating he did do some decent things like ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, so his departure is more quiet afterthought than the fulfillment of a righteous crusade. The article notes that Lieberman gave the other two a bit of a bipartisan veneer for military adventurism, which is certainly true and showed in their attacks on Susan Rice. Had Lieberman joined in, it would likely have been covered as a serious controversy that could potentially derail Obama’s second term before it begins! Or some such ridiculous hyperbole. Instead, it just looked like two old white dudes harping on a black lady out of pique, and it didn’t get off the ground.

I sometimes wonder what future generations will make of political figures or major events decades after the fact. Lieberman seems very much like a figure destined to be forgotten, remembered if at all for being wrong so often. The Lieberman/McCain/Graham vision of American military hegemony is already quite dated, very much of the time these men came of age politically, and trying to fulfill it has involved the loss of numerous lives and incredible sums of money. Arguably their “leadership” is part of what’s keeping us from moving onto something more sustainable and sensible on foreign policy, so I personally am rooting for a successful primary challenge of the old Impeachment Manager in 2014, and a McCain loss/retirement in 2016.

  1. chipotle says:

    Re:  your last sentence.
    I'm too lazy to wiki but I'm pretty sure that McCain's going to be something like 400 years old in 2016.

    • Metavirus says:

      i thought he was already pushing 450.  oh, how time flies


      • Matmos says:

        A mere pup. Team GetOffMyLawn's back bench is deep, my friend.  Very, very deep.

        [Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx] has "very little tolerance" for people who need to borrow money to put themselves through college instead of doing it the traditional, non-loan-needing way she did when she went to college 700 years ago, as the Declaration of Independence clearly demands.

        • Metavirus says:

          /facepalm /facepalm  /facepalm .  Dear Jeebus these people are insane.  Um, yeah Rep. Foxx, how precisely am I supposed to self-fund my way through $150,000 of law school without loans??  I know that when you were a young college-age lass, them 4 years of college book learnin only cost a jar of pennies and one hardy cow, but the cost of education these days is a smidge more. 

          although i suppose her idea would be a REALLY easy way to ensure that all lawyers (and, by extension, most legislators) come from rich families…  MACHIAVELLIAN GENIUS!

          • Matmos says:

            Man, Foxx bitchin' 'bout society's takers was just the tip of the iceberg from that article. Grapevine has it she went Librarian-poo on some Hill staffer that had the temerity to use a Senate-only elevator — which may only have been Senate-only during votes.

            Seems like folks from certain quarters have been on the thin edge since the election, when their perceptions of who had whom by the ass got….jostled.

          • Lev says:

            That’s where the Romney solution kicks in: first, be born with rich, powerful parents.

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