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Lieberman rhetoric channels Bush pere et fils



Lieberman conceded the primary but, undaunted, said he would file papers Wednesday morning to run as spoiler candidate an independent.

"For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand," Lieberman said.

"This will not stand"... Hmm... Where have I heard that before?

WaPo (in a noxious little piece of hagiography most of which we now know to be wrong):

Bush also said, "Terrorism against our nation will not stand." It was an echo of "This will not stand," the words his father, President George H.W. Bush, had used a few days after Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990-in Bush's opinion, one of his father's finest moments.

Gosh, isn't this just a little overheated on Lieberman's part? It's just an election, for heaven's sake. Sure, the voters repudiated him, but life goes on!

Then again, "This will not stand" is also part of the boilerplate of Republican victimization:

[In Florida 2000] the Republicans launched a vitriolic campaign to discredit the Florida Supreme Court when it delivered a ruling unfavorable to the Bush campaign. .... House majority whip Tom DeLay, speaking the language of war, announced, "This will not stand."

Of course, Whiney Joe is feeling victimized, and it's natural that he would want to share his feelings with us.

But when Lieberman's sharing his feelings, does he have to use Republican rhetoric? Has Lieberman's switch from the Democratic Party really gone that deep?

NOTE Ever wonder if the Republicans have run such a weak candidate--the guy with the casino problem--so they can either swap him out and swap Lieberman in, or get Lieberman to cross the aisle come November?

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