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Monday, December 08, 2003


Let justice roll down like waters... There's an interesting NYT profile of Joe Lieberman this morning, which paints him as a man too principled and genial to win the Democratic nomination. But what I found particularly interesting was this:

"He's a kind of rara avis," said Colin McEnroe, a writer and the host of a drive-time talk radio show on WTIC-AM in Connecticut who has known Mr. Lieberman since the 1970's. "What you have in Joe Lieberman is a guy who was shaped by the 60's, who marched with Martin Luther King, whose beliefs were forged in the crucible of being at Yale in a time of social change.

"You've got all that, but that's fused with--he's an Orthodox Jew. And there are things that go along with that that are perhaps more conservative in nature. You can't look at Lieberman the way you would look at some other Democrat of a comparable age and lineage. He's a different guy. He believes in the dream of Martin Luther King, but he also believes in the Old Testament."

Hmm... Martin Luther King and the Old Testament. What an odd combination. Who else might fall in that category?

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

Another interesting point: for all the accusations of being "Bush lite," Lieberman was rated one of the most "socially liberal" senators by National Journal in 2002.




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