Former President Bill Clinton is sticking up for U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and his support of the Iraq war.
Clinton, who spoke at an Aspen Institute conference last week, questioned why Democrats in Connecticut are focusing on ousting a fellow Democrat, Lieberman.
Lieberman faces a stronger-than-expected Aug. 8 primary challenge by Greenwich millionaire businessman Ned Lamont, who has criticized Lieberman for his support of the war and his perceived closeness with Republicans and President Bush.
"If we allow our differences over what to do now in Iraq to divide us instead of focusing on replacing Republicans in Congress; that's the nuttiest strategy I ever heard in my life," Clinton told the nonprofit cultural organization.
Audio of Clinton's comments was posted on the Minnesota Public Radio web site.
Clinton questioned efforts of some Democrats to impose a fixed timetable for removing U.S. troops from Iraq - something Lieberman opposes.
"Why send a signal to the people that are trying to keep Iraq divided and tear it up when we're gonna go," he asked.
Clinton defended Lieberman's Democratic credentials, mentioning how the senator has been endorsed by labor unions, environmental organizations and gay groups.
"We've got a world of differences between ourselves and the Republicans," he said. "So I think the Democrats are making a mistake to go after each other ... for a situation none of them created."
When Bill Clinton admitted to cheating on his wife, the Left was there to rub his back, tell him it'd be okay and protect him from those "evil" Republicans (i.e. Karl Rove) who had the nerve to stick it to a President who committed infidelity while in office. Heck, the Left did such a great job of protecting Slick Willie that he enjoyed a more than 60% approval rating upon leaving office despite Monicagate.
Yet, Joe Lieberman, a man who supports stem cell research, civil unions, abortion, gun control and women's rights (so much so that he's been endorsed several times by the National Organization of Women), is being bullied by the usual liberal hypocrites because he dared to think that Iraq would be better off without Saddam Hussein then with him.
Could Joe Lieberman fall victim to Bush Derangement Syndrome? If we continue to let the loons run the agenda, he certainly might.