What's So Funny, Joe?
UPDATE (1:50 p.m.): Here's a copy of Joe's flyers.
UPDATE II (2:01 p.m.): Steve Gilliard's got a must read post: How low will you go? He nails it. Shameless Joe, I say.
UPDATE III (5:05 p.m.): Joe stoops to vote buying!
Via Atrios. Wait for it; it's at 1:06 on the You Tube clip counter.
Then there's the bit about Lieberman attacking Lamont's wife. Classy stuff today, huh?
Ned's wife doesn't clip coupons, the horror. Joe's wife lobbies for
Big Pharma. Yikes. Which bothers you most?
Joe is really getting desperate. This is almost as desperate as passing
out racist flyers at a church yesterday. Al Sharpton will be campaigning
for Ned Lamont, joining Maxine Waters, so you've got to wonder why Lieberman
is trying such a stunt.
David Sirota, we find out that Lieberman got one of his supporters to attack
Lamont's wife for not clipping coupons. I'm not kidding you. Funny, last time
I looked Mrs. Lieberman didn't either.
Sen. Lieberman has long been known to cultivate the insurance and pharmaceutical
industries, which provide jobs in his home state and contributions to his
campaign fund. But he has literally been sleeping with one of their Washington
representatives ever since his wife, Hadassah, joined Hill & Knowlton
last year. The legendary lobbying and PR firm hired her as
a “senior counselor” in its “health and pharmaceuticals
This news marked Hadassah Lieberman’s return to consulting after more
than a decade of retirement. “I have had a life-long commitment to helping
people gain better health care,” she said in the press release announcing
her new job. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the talented
team at Hill & Knowlton to counsel a terrific stable of clients toward
that same goal.”
It would be uplifting to imagine that Hill & Knowltonâ€”after spending
the past decade as a defendant in tobacco class-action lawsuits because of
its role in propaganda disputing the deadly effects of smokingâ€”is now
devoted to improving everybody’s health. More likely, the firm
remains devoted to improving the profits of its clientele, which has historically
included Enron, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Saudis, Kuwaitis,
American International Group and Boeing.
When a senator’s wife works for one of the capital’s largest
lobby shops, appearances tend to matter. In this case, something happened
immediately that didn’t look very good.
Mrs. Lieberman signed up with Hill & Knowlton in March 2005. The
firm’s clients included GlaxoSmithKline, the British pharmaceutical
giant that manufactures flu vaccines along with many other drugs. In April
2005, Sen. Lieberman introduced a bill that would award an array of new government
“incentives” to companies like GSK to produce more vaccinesâ€”notably
patent extensions on other products, at a cost of billions to governments
and consumers. …
It seems Mr. Lieberman has forgotten his own record, especially where heathcare
is concerned. When your wife lobby's for Big Pharma it's really rich to slam
your opponent for not clipping coupons. But the real issue on this does get
down to something very imporant: healthcare reform.
Ned Lamont is another Democrat who expects our senators to do more than be married to Big Pharma.
… Mr. Lamont, campaigning heavily among black voters who are expected to
play an important part in determining the outcome, continued to stress his
opposition to the Iraq war. He called it a “defining issue” in
the Democratic primary and framed nearly every other issue on his agenda in
terms of the cost exacted from it by that conflict.
“How come we can afford to spend $250 million a day over there
in Iraq, and we can’t afford health care for each and every American
as a basic right?” he asked a congregation at the Zion Baptist
Church in Waterbury. Referring to an entrepreneurship class he teaches, he
added, “How come we’re spending all that money over there, and
I’m teaching at a high school in Bridgeport that’s shutting down
at 2:30 in the afternoon, and too often these kids are coming home to an empty