2008 Re: That’s It
posted by August 21 at 9:11 AMon
The money I sent to Lamont was, in my booze- and Catholicism-addled brain, penance for my support for the invasion of Iraq. I couldn’t take back my cheerleading but I could help take out—out of the Senate, at least—one of the biggest backers of the war. But I was also motivated by a loathing of Joe “No Morality Without Religion” Lieberman that predated Iraq. And here’s an interesting detail that I didn’t write about in 2006: When I was raising money for Lamont—selling ITMFA buttons, encouraging “Savage Love” readers to send checks to Lamont—I got a call from a cousin. My cousin is a Democratic activist and campaign consultant, and we had recently met up in DC for drinks. Six months later my cousin was working for Lieberman and my cousin—I’m working to avoid gendered pronouns here—was upset with me. My cousin emailed me again and again to upbraid me for supporting Lamont. Lieberman was a good Democrat, my cousin insisted, and my cousin was annoyed by the raw deal Lieberman was getting from lefty activists, liberal bloggers, and—cruelest blow of all—sex-advice columnists with whom my cousin shared a set of great-grandparents.
Now my cousin—like voters in Connecticut—regrets not supporting Lamont and would like nothing more than to wring Lieberman’s wrinkly neck.