Joe Lieberman's New Friend

New York Post - Editorial - September 30, 2000


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Once again, Sen. Joe Lieberman is poised to make history. The Democratic vice presidential candidate is the first national political figure who says he's eager to sit down and talk with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan - who has questioned Lieberman's loyalty to the United States. And it's not just out of politeness and courtesy, either. Lieberman wants the world to know how much he admires and respects the demagogue who has called Jews "wicked deceivers of the American people."

Bad move, Joe.

"Of course I'd be open to sitting and talking with Minister Farrakhan," Lieberman said during an interview Tuesday on American Urban Radio. "I am very open to that ... I think that's a great idea ... [It] hasn't sort of come together yet, but I look forward to it." Indeed, said Lieberman, "I have respect for him ... I admire what Minister Farrakhan is doing."

This is astounding, even from a Democrat - a party whose obsequious pandering to such as Al Sharpton is astonishing in its own right.

Make no mistake, though: By paying homage to Farrakhan, Lieberman is lending legitimacy to a racist, anti-Semitic bigot.

That Joe Lieberman might want to personally set Louis Farrakhan straight about the notion of Jews and dual loyalty is understandable - if misguided and, ultimately, impossible.

But the fact that Lieberman sees Louis Farrakhan as someone to be "admired" under any circumstances speaks volumes about the wisdom of having the senator a heartbeat from the presidency.

It's pretty scary, actually.

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