Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Joe Lieberman and Unclear Journalism

Joe Lieberman, Tom Harkin and Unclear Journalism

Joementum gets to keep his chair, from which he will no doubt continue his Obama-bashing. Outrage is exploding over at Kos, as well it should.

After this, I don't want to hear anyone complaining about Ed Fallon, or anyone, voting for Ralph Nader ever again. If Joe Lieberman is forgiven, then the statute of limitations on party disloyalty has been determined to be less than 14 days, and that's long expired for anything from 2000.

But for the moment let's look at some unclear journalism:
Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Pat Leahy, D-Vt., spoke against allowing Lieberman keep the Homeland Security and Government Affairs post. Reid, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and John Kerry, D-Mass., were among those speaking in his favor, according to a Democratic aide, who spoke anonymously to discuss a private meeting.

Some, like Iowan Tom Harkin, still harbor hard feelings for statements Lieberman made during the campaign. Harkin took particular offense when Lieberman said a vote against funding the war in Iraq without a deadline for a troop withdrawal meant Obama had voted to cut off funding for troops in harm's way.

"That's outrageous, what he said," Harkin complained.

Is the "some" in which Harkin is included "Some..among those speaking in (Lieberman's) favor?" Or is it "some" as in "some Democratic senators"? It's hard to tell from the structure.

Harkin clearly had the nerve to speak out against Lieberman, a nice improvement from the "forgive and forget" he told Iowa Independent right after the election. But the question is, and is: was Tom Harkin part of the 13, or part of the 42?

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