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Tough Questions for Two Democratic Senators

Despite what you may have heard to the contrary, the Democrats have a good chance of taking over the Senate. That is why two senators should be facing some pointed questions.


Dear Sen. Menendez,

Can you win this election? This is not meant to be a rhetorical question; I honestly don't know. The polls show you in a close race with Tom Kean, Jr. Considering New Jersey’s track record and the lousy environment this year for Republicans, I have every reason to hope that you'll win.

Alas, we've got this pesky federal investigation. Now, I have every reason to suspect that this is politically motivated. But maybe there is some really damaging stuff there. Is there? Even if you managed to get re-elected, it would be very embarrassing for the Democratic Party if you were indicted while in office.

You have until Wednesday to withdraw from the Senate race without a pesky court battle. If you withdraw, former Governor Richard Codey is said to be willing to take your place. Observers say he could easily beat Tom Kean, Jr. Can you?

Dear Sen. Lieberman,

You are now campaigning as an “independent Democrat” and have promised to caucus with the Democrats if you win. Everyone agrees that you are a man of your word, so I assume that you will keep it.

There is another wrinkle, however. Rumors have circulated that you will be offered the job of Secretary of Defense or another cabinet position in the Bush administration. As you surely know, if you resigned your Senate seat then Republican Governor Jodi Rell would get to name your replacement. If the Democrats had a one-seat majority, this would turn control of the Senate back to the GOP. So my question is, would you accept an appointment from Bush under these circumstances? You have said you have “no interest in being the secretary of defense”, which isn't quite the same as saying you wouldn't take the job.

You may not feel obligated to give a firm answer, and that's fine. If so, I want to get you on the record refusing to give one. Even that would send an important message: That Democrats who vote for you may be handing Bush the ability to overturn their majority.

For what it is worth, I think a Democrat would have to be an idiot to accept the position of Secretary of Defense now. You may as well tie a rope around your neck and go to work in a t-shirt saying “Scapegoat”. Sure, they would give you a short honeymoon for the sake of appearances. After a few months, though, the Right-Wing Noise Machine would start cranking up. Everything that was going wrong in Iraq would now be your fault. The logic is impeccable: Democrats are weak on defense. Joe Lieberman is a Democrat. Therefore, Joe Lieberman is a bad Secretary of Defense.

Your alleged failures would become a key part of the 2008 presidential campaign. “Even with Republicans around him”, the Republican pundits would say, “Joe Lieberman’s Democratic weakness is making us lose the war. Not even Democratic hawks can be trusted with our country’s defense.”

Maybe you aren't buying this. Maybe you think you would be a great Secretary of Defense and turn the war around. In any case, I wish someone would get you on the record on this.

Posted by Woody Mena at September 16, 2006 7:53 AM
Comments
Comment #181790

Do you have any links for info on Menedez (and any legal actions against him?) I googled, and all I found was some anti-liberal blog and nothing but hype.

As far a Liberman goes… I really don’t have much more opinion on him. He asked the voters in the DEM primary to vote him in again, and they said no… so he just decided to ignore them and ask someone else. (My 8 yr old daughter tries the same thing.) If the voters decide to go with Liberman, well… I know what might happen if I ever allowed my daughter to get what she wanted by playing that game, but I don’t live there, so it’s not up to me. I don’t think we need anymore spoiled brat Senators, but things will be what they are.

Posted by: tony at September 16, 2006 9:34 AM
Comment #181805

Tony,

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1157696151222550.xml&coll=1

Posted by: Woody Mena at September 16, 2006 10:36 AM
Comment #181809

“The action comes two weeks after The Star-Ledger reported that Menendez collected more than $300,000 from the organization over a nine-year period while he represented Hudson County in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that period, he also helped the agency win millions of dollars in federal funding.”

Sounds like conflict of interest to me… to me, the appearance is enough prevent him from keeping his office.

Posted by: tony at September 16, 2006 11:08 AM
Comment #181815

God,what a disaster Lieborman would be as Secretary of Defense. Just the kind of Rovian appointment the Neo-cons would love. First off ,he is not that smart. Would’nt it be nice to have one was that was smart as opposed to the usual that just think they are? Secondly,he is a Zionist to the core,willing to excuse ANY transgression by Isreal. Just what we need to keep this phony war going.There are many on the right that believe war is the natural and prefered state of human affairs and Lieborman is perfect to assure the domination of the military-industrial complex.

Posted by: BillS at September 16, 2006 11:43 AM
Comment #181831

One tough question for most incumbents:

What the F_CK were you thinking?!?!?!

Posted by: tony at September 16, 2006 1:00 PM
Comment #181833

BillS,

I’m sure Lieberman is at least smart enough to spell his name without an “o” and I don’t think he would post the following: Would’ntWouldn’t it be nice to have ?????one was that was smart?????….. I take it you wouldn’t be a good candidate for Defense Secretary.

Posted by: Duane-o at September 16, 2006 1:41 PM
Comment #181846

Very few people have the proficiency or rudeness to knock others for simple spelling issues.

Posted by: tony at September 16, 2006 3:49 PM
Comment #181860

Quite true, Tony. Those of us with strong spelling skills (that haven’t been ruined by spellcheckers) for the most part lack the necessary rudeness or arrogance to correct others.

There is only one site on which I correct spelling and on that site, I am the staff member assigned to proofreading.

Posted by: Alan at September 16, 2006 4:20 PM
Comment #181915

SAVE A TERRORIST
ELECT A DEMOCRAT

Posted by: art at September 16, 2006 10:28 PM
Comment #181929

—-Woody—Sometimes were dammed if we do an dammed
if we don’t, hopefully we get more information on
Mr.Menendez an I Feel sorry for Senator Lieberman,
He is an ambivalence for me at this time.

Posted by: DAVID at September 16, 2006 11:17 PM
Comment #181931

The problem for Dems in NJ is that despite the fact it’s a very blue state and is totally dominated by Democrats, its goverment is massively corrupt and has been running the state into the ground for years now. It’s been one ethics scandal after another there involving top state officials, and now this with Menendez.

Governor Corzine (formerly Senator Corzine) has raised taxes and cut services, including massive education cuts, and his approval ratings are in free fall.

It’s a little like what’s happened to the Republicans on the national level—when one party is in charge, they take all the blame, fairly or not, for anything negative.

Posted by: Pilsner at September 16, 2006 11:22 PM
Comment #181949

David
Before you call people piles of guano you should justify those insults.

art
electing a democrat may save a terrorist but electing a republican will create 10 new ones.

tony
very good, most incumbents should be VOIDed. Including Menendez if he is indicted.

BillS
As Cali said I wasn’t aware that defending ones borders was a transgression…How well do you think we reacted to 9/11? Illegal immigration? Though neocons would certainly love a dem to pin all their Iraq mistakes on. God forbid voters would buy it.

I don’t think Bush needs a dem a secdef to pin Iraq on. All he needs to do is attack dem congressmen and the media for creating a bad public image of the war. I wonder when the Rove propaganda blitzkrieg gets moving.

Posted by: Silima at September 17, 2006 12:59 AM
Comment #181950

Woody,

I’m sure your desire to manipulate the politics across the nation (advising some to withdraw from races or make solemn promises designed to achieve your desired outcomes) is all very admirable. Do you think these men will take your advice?

Corruption in politics is massive. Yet the Democratic Party is also clearly corrupt and seems no more interested in removing that corruption than the Republicans.

Look at Hillary. Need I say more? Want to buy some pardons? She took 100K bribes, peddled influence, family sold pardons, sold the Lincoln bedroom to raise campaign finances, violated campaign finance laws, tried to socialize 1/7th of the US economy, lied to the public time and again, stole Whitehouse Furniture on the way out the door, and “lost” records that could have sent her to prison only “finding” them a few days AFTER the statute of limitations ran out on her crime. And she’s most likely going to be the Democrat’s nominee for the Whitehouse!

Will you campaign for McCain and against Hillary because of her corruption? Do you even know or acknowledge her open corruption?

Think about what you are asking Lieberman. Do you really believe that he will he give up a 6 year job as Senator to spend two years under Bush? Get real. Lieberman wants to spend as long as possible in office, just like the rest of them.

Lieberman is going back to Washington. I have a feeling he will also be thinking about payback for the radical left that hung him out to dry.

Posted by: Stephen at September 17, 2006 1:16 AM
Comment #181976

“—-Silima—- What is it with you, I don’t recall
any one electing you to come on line an go down
the lists critiquing every-ones posts, especially
when you have no idea what past discussions, were
discussed from past issues. If you don’t mind, thanks?

Posted by: DAVID at September 17, 2006 06:37 AM”

Is this the general attitude of the liberals here?

I never knew you had to be elected to voice your opinion or to criticize someone else.

Posted by: tomd at September 17, 2006 7:41 AM
Comment #182006

I have to agree that many comments here are not worth their pixles. I’m surprised at some - it seems beneith their capabilities to discuss the issues. Others I fully expect to make insulting and petty comments. Those are called TROLLS and are best ignored.

I’m also amazed at the ease of some people to to read one person’s quote as make an assumption that all people of a particular thought are “like that.”

Just beacuse our leaders have no respect for us (averagee people) doesn’t mean we should follow suit.

Posted by: tony at September 17, 2006 10:13 AM
Comment #182054

Silima,

I thought you made some good points. In particular: “electing a democrat may save a terrorist but electing a republican will create 10 new ones.” I had not thought of it that way. Well said. I may paraphrase that in the future.

Posted by: Ray Guest at September 17, 2006 2:50 PM
Comment #182223

As small group of leftists showed up for the Conn. primary and bit their nose off to spite their face. Lieberman is going to win a solid victory. Unfortunately, he has to much class to rub the noses of his opponents which they so richly deserve. This historic oppurtunity is being squandered and as we approach November it will be ever more apparent that the Democrats will take back neither the house nor the senate but what’s worse is that they will be no closer to having a coherent position anything.

Posted by: Phil at September 18, 2006 7:57 AM
Comment #182233
As small group of leftists showed up for the Conn. primary

Phil,

Actually, that primary had a record 40% turnout, 15% higher than any previous Connecticut primary. To say that it was a small group of extremists is just wrong.

Posted by: Woody Mena at September 18, 2006 9:13 AM
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