Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How Joe Dulls the Pain

It's the rarest of things that allows me to look back without pain on election 2000, with its l'affair des hanging chads, Bush v. Gore jurisprudence, and all the rest. But I can always take refuge in this one solid fact: at least Joe Lieberman didn't become vice president.

Holy Joe's latest embrace of far-right lunacy is to share the podium and hug the jiggly folds of pastor John Hagee at the forthcoming "Christians United for Israel" hootnanny. This would be the same John Hagee that even John McSame has found too inconvenient to keep around; these comments of Hagee have not deterred Lieberman, who is Jewish:

“Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says — Jeremiah writing — ‘They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,’ meaning there’s no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don’t let your heart be offended. I didn’t write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.”

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