i love bob cesca. i thought i had him in my links, but apparently i didnt before today. bob is an all around awesome writer & thinker and owner of the best blog name EVER. he’s got a new book out too! he’s also a contributor to the Huffington Post, where i ran across his open letter to Joe Lieberman today. its a great read, but a long one, so i’ll only post pieces and portions here. if you havent been by his blog yet, you should sooooooooo go. now. quickly. RUN!
Dear Senator Lieberman,
Congratulations! You got away with it! So despite having supported and endorsed the Republican candidate for president — and going so far as to question the patriotism of the Democratic nominee — you’ve managed to keep your chairmanship. By rights, you should’ve been summarily ejector-seated from your committees, bonked on the head with your gavels — cartoon-style — and hauled from the Democratic caucus naked and on a rail whilst being pelted with wadded-up copies of your RNC address.
You got away with it, despite those meddling kids, right?
Not so fast.
I submit to you, Senator Lieberman, that you were punished yesterday more than you realize. Stick with me on this. I’ll explain.
In sharp contrast to your behavior, President-elect Obama hasn’t shown any predilection for pettiness or disloyalty, nor has he undermined his allies for the sake of political expedience. He’s proved himself to be a man of great character. Of values. I don’t need to remind anyone how he stood by Jeremiah Wright, for example, and at his own political peril when most would’ve tossed him overboard like political chum.
You, on the other hand, have shown an unapologetic contempt for the party that once nominated you for the vice presidency — the party that welcomed you back to the fold even though you slipped through the system and defeated the fairly elected Democratic nominee, Ned Lamont, in 2006. You’ve betrayed your fellow liberals to settle a political score, Senator — in order to exact some kind of ignoble payback against your former party, against your caucus and against the netroots for merely calling you out on your literal and figurative smooching of the president.
This is behavior President-elect Obama doesn’t appear to be capable of. Because he’s clearly better than you. In fact, it’s not difficult to hypothesize that had you possessed a fraction of his political instincts or any small measure of his morality, you would absolutely not be in this position, Senator.
See, by allowing you to keep your precious chairmanship — by letting you off the hook — President-elect Obama, through his political bigness, punished you without punishing you. He beat you yesterday, Senator. He beat you because he let you be you, and underscored it with his demonstrably better angels and strength of character.
In the final analysis, the hard reality is that by not choosing retribution, he made you look…
And that, Senator, is good enough for me.