When a newly elected Senator joins the club, they are assigned a mentor.
Barack Obama’s mentor was Joe Lieberman. The same Joe Lieberman whom gleefully ripped Barack Obama this week to the delight of thousands of Republicans gathered in Minneapolis.
The same Joe Lieberman whose sorry ass Barack Obama helped rescue in 2006.
Lieberman, a unabashed supporter of the Iraqi war was on the verge of losing his seat to Ned Lamont, a liberal anti-war activist who was challenging him for the party’s nomination in the Connecticut Democratic primary.
In desperation, Lieberman reached out to one U.S. Senator to help him.
And it wasn’t John McCain.
It was Barack Obama.
“The fact of the matter is, I know some in the party have differences with Joe. I’m going to go ahead and say it,” Obama told the 1,700-plus party members who gathered in a ballroom at the Connecticut Convention Center for the $175-per-head fundraiser.
“I am absolutely certain Connecticut is going to have the good sense to send Joe Lieberman back to the U.S. Senate so he can continue to serve on our behalf,” he said.
Obama received widespread attention for his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, delivered while he was still a state senator.
Lieberman became Obama’s mentor when Obama was sworn into the Senate in 2005. They stayed close at Thursday night’s event, too, entering the room together and working the crowd in tandem. link
Proving yet again, no good deed goes unpunished.
Lamont went on to win the primary, but lost in the general election to Lieberman who bucked the party and ran as a “independent Democrat.” Obama endorsed Lamont, but did not campaign for him. Apparently, Lieberman didn’t forgive Obama for not backing him all the way.
How much do you wanna bet Obama feels like he backed the wrong horse (and is getting kicked in the butt for it now)?
Hopefully, Obama learned a bitter lesson from Traitor Joe: in politics your “friends” will drop you like a bad habit after you can’t do them any more good.
Who’s going to tell John McCain?