There are times when it’s crystal clear a candidate has serious issues. Such a time is upon us, but not for the reasons that are most obvious.
Barack Obama has serious issues. But I’m not going to talk about him directly today. He’s just going to be affected by the star of today’s episode.
As he often does, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Con) went to visit his FOX Friends today. There must have been a memo issued to get Lieberman to endorse a Republican for President like he did in 2008, for FOX put out everything they could to reach Joe.
First they tried Beauty. Gretchen Carlson was in Joe’s vision, reminding him about his endorsement of John McCain in 2008 and asking if he was going to back Obama in 2012. Lieberman demurred. “… as the independent that I am…” Joe replied, “…I want to see who’s got the plans…”
Now, if I were at work for FOX, I’d know that Joe Lieberman, for all his other faults, appears to be very attached to his wife. So putting Gretchen Carlson up to flirtatiously bait Lieberman into making a statement he clearly isn’t ready to make wasn’t going to work. It was time to try another approach.
FOX tried Beast: Eric Bolling was sent up to the Lieberman plate to take his swings. “If it were Rick Perry, could you get behind that one?” Lieberman declined to bite on that corn dog. He must have seen Michele’s picture from Iowa.
It was time to bring out the Mighty Casey, Sean Hannity.
Hanity brought out the proposal to have Israel pull back to the 1967 borders that Obama allegedly “surprised” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with during a recent visit. Netanyahu is on record as not overtly opposing the idea, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak defended Obama against such charges.
What was Joe’s response? “I think [Obama]’s handled the relationship with Israel in a way that has encouraged Israel’s enemies and really unsettled the Israelis.”
Sean obviously knew what pitch Lieberman would swing at.
Then we find out that Joe has already spilled the beans the previous day to The Washington Times that he’s considering voting Republican in 2012. FOX must not still be on AIPAC’s press release mailing list to waste the time to conduct this campaign to get Joe to open up about his voting preference – or else Joe is an incredible tease and likes the attention and FOX knows it.
If Joe does decide to vote GOP next year, it will only be because he thinks Obama can’t win. You won’t need a weatherman to know which way the winds blow. Joe’s the one to watch.