Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Joe Lieberman: Ted Cruz's BRILLIANT Wedge Issue
"For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns."
The other day, Ted Cruz floated Joe Lieberman's name for defense secretary. This move simultaneously offers an olive branch to Mitch McConnell while alienating Barack Obama from his base. It's flippin' brilliant.
With one (possible) exception, Joe Lieberman is a unifying figure for Republicans. His nomination would enable Republicans to take the moral high ground in the Kabuki theater of D.C.'s "bipartisan outreach." How can a Democrat President oppose a Democrat nominee on whom the U.S. Senate majority has already signed off?!?
But here's the rub: the Left HATES Joe Lieberman. Should Republicans rally around him, it would force Obama to either publicly reject "bipartisan compromise" or throw his party's 2016 nominating process into chaos. Making Hillary Clinton squirm though this process is a bonus.
On the substance, Lieberman is probably the least crappy person we can get as SecDef for the next two years. He's hardly our first choice, but he's a solid pick for mop-up duty in a lame duck Democrat administration. He's also a gigantic step forward from Chuck Hagel.
Rallying behind Joe Lieberman is a consequence free way to inflict pain on Barack Obama. It unifies Republicans. Simultaneously, it divides Democrats on an issue too complicated for the average person to follow. However he reacts, Obama loses. Kudos to Senator Cruz for the idea.