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The Joe of politics present vs. the Joe of politics past

The quest for power can make some people say anything. In our political system, it creates people who blow with the political wind, whichever wind has the best chance of leading to greater power. Much the way we've seen changes in John McCain during and since the 2004 campaign (selling his soul to Bush and the Bush faithful in the GOP for the chance at a future presidential bid) from the principled maverick of years past, Joe Lieberman is a different person now than he was just months ago — at least in what he said. The Joe of politics present:
"It’s time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be the commander in chief for three more critical years and that in matters of war we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril. " [Lieberman, 12/7/05]
(Courtesy Think Progress)
The Joe of politics past:
In our democracy, a president does not rule, he governs. He remains always answerable to us, the people. And right now, the president’s conduct of our foreign policy is giving the country too many reasons to question his leadership. It’s not just about 16 words in a speech, it is about distorting intelligence and diminishing credibility. It’s not about searching for scapegoats; it’s about seeing, as President Kennedy did after the Bay of Pigs, that presidents stand tall when they willingly accept responsibility for mistakes made while they are in charge. [Press Conference with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) Re: War in Iraq, 7/28/03]
(Courtesy Think Progress)
In the day's sharpest attack, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) accused Bush of deceiving Americans over everything from national security to helping the poor. "There has been one value repeatedly missing from this presidency, and that value is integrity," Lieberman said. "By deception and disarray, this White House has betrayed the just cause of fighting terrorism and tyranny around the world." Leaking the CIA employee's name "was the politics of personal destruction at its worst," he said. [Washington Post, 10/4/2003]
(Courtesy Atrios)
The Joe of politics past was right. The Joe of politics present is wrong. Think Progress hits the nail on the head:

When he was running for President, Lieberman questioned Bush’s credibility on the war because that’s what he needed to do to get votes. Now, after his campaign flopped, he is attacking people who question Bush’s credibility on the war because that’s what he needs to do to get attention.

For Lieberman, this is about political opportunism, not principle.

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