In the days since the election, we’ve seen a great deal of revisionist history being written right before our very eyes.
Take new re-elected Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Before the election she told MSNBC that she was, “very concerned that [Sen. Obama] may have anti-American views.” The day after the election Rep. Bachmann said she was, “extremely grateful that we have an African-American who has won this year.”
Or how about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who famously before the election claimed that Sen. Obama was, “palling around with terrorists.” Yet the Thursday after the election she said, “Barack Obama has been elected president. Let us, let us – let him – be about to kind of savor this moment, one, and not let the pettiness of maybe internal workings of the campaign erode any of the recognition of this historic moment that we’re in. And God bless Barack Obama and his beautiful family.” Then she told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show earlier this week that “I’m comfortable with Barack Obama as our commander in chief, assuming that he has those around him who recognize …. that terrorists have not changed their minds … Those who recognize what the threat is and how to deal with the threat.”
Or worst of all, consider the case of Sen. Joe Lieberman, who rejected the Democratic Party and campaigned for the election of Sen. John McCain. Sen. Lieberman even spoke at the Republican National Convention and was at one point considered a possible running mate for McCain. In August, Sen. Lieberman said the election was “between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not.” He later said, “Sen. Barack Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man who can do great things for our country in the years ahead. But my friends, eloquence is no substitute for a record – not in these tough times for America.”
But what does Sen. Lieberman say now? “Now that the election is over, it is time to put partisan considerations aside and come together as a nation to solve the difficult challenges we face and make our blessed land stronger and safer. I pledge to work with President-elect Obama and his incoming administration in their efforts to reinvigorate our economy and keep our nation secure and free.”
It’s like he sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter which translates, “Please forget everything I’ve said about Sen. Obama and the Democrats during the presidential campaign and let me keep my chairman’s gavel.”
Sen. Lieberman no doubt has friends in the Democratic caucus who argue he votes with the party 90% of the time and we should overlook his behavior. But in my view, if the Democrats let Sen. Lieberman have a gavel in the next Congress, they might as well let GOP Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have one, too. They vote largely with Democrats and they campaigned for Sen. McCain, too.
In the next few days, there is a secret vote on Sen. Lieberman’s fate. I for one, hope that Sen. Jim Webb, will vote to oust Sen. Lieberman. This vote should not be about ideology, but about loyalty. And Sen. Lieberman has not been loyal.