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Even After the Election, Mitt Revisits His ’47 Percent’ Mentality

It’s been over a week since the country (well, half of it at least) decided that Obama should have another shot at this whole being-President thing. We spent a few days philosophizing about what it meant for our country, then heard from the racists, then heard about Petraeus and, now, here we are. What a maelstrom of news it has been. Thanks Twitter.

Anyway, we haven’t heard much from Mitt Romney. When compared to the other members of the American Election Loser’s Lounge, it’s different for him, not having a job and all to return to. Kerry and McCain returned to the Senate; Al Gore returned to the Earth; and Bob Dole returned to… wherever. Even Paul Ryan has work he still has to do as a Representative in Wisconsin.
But, Romney… what’s he going to do? Get a job with Fox News like Palin? Or, even worse, get a Mormon billionaire reality show on TLC… like Palin?
Alas, we spoke too soon. Yesterday, Romney sat down in a conference call with his highest donors to talk about what exactly happened on Election Night. Remember the last time he talked to these guys? And then someone secretly recorded it, put it on Mother Jones and permanently changed the campaign’s public persona? Well, this time around, the only noticeable difference was the timing.
Here’s a preview of some of the reported remarks:
“The President’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift – so he made a big effort on small things… You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free healthcare, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free healthcare worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpuity. I mean. this is huge.”
The ‘gifts’ that Romney prescribes to the voting populace strike a clear chord with the undertones of his ’47 Percent’ speech, where he proclaimed that those who don’t pay income tax and receive costly handouts by Big Brother all support Obama. The conservative spiel sounded different, though, during the campaign; after that speech hit headlines, the whole robotic businessman caricature that was gradually being built for him had made landfall. But, now that we know what become of that campaign, this version from the ex-Presidential candidate comes off as white noise.

The ‘gifts’ perspective of public policy was ruled out at the ballot box; that 47 percent Romney staked out soon turned into an electoral majority. In other words, the warped ideology of how a government should view its people was locked out at the front door by those same people almost faster than Romney himself.

Knowing that, this could be Romney’s last political breath of air – a final atonement to an idea that America just didn’t wanna accept. And a loss his huge donors didn’t want to bare.

“I’m very sorry that we didn’t win,” he said. “I know you expected to win, we expected to win, we were disappointed with the result, we hadn’t anticipated it, and it was very close but close doesn’t count in this business.” 

Gifts, anyone?
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A Few Lessons We Learned From the 2012 Election Season

Election Day is upon us, people. We cannot even begin to count the minutes, hours, days, and months since this whole boondaggle started to consume the media’s attention, but it’s safe to say that it has been way too long. And, once it’s over, we can return to normalcy, which is a prolonged period of time when any utterance of the phrase “swing state” is prohibited by law.

But that’s not to say that this election season was for nothing. The quadrennial spectacle of American politics is always introspective for the nation; we learn about ourselves, our brethren, and just how dirty and disrespectful our elected officials can act toward one another. It’s pretty great. Except we usually forget all those lessons the minute the curtains close in the ballot box and have to re-teach ourselves everything the next time around.
With that being said, as the Biggest Story of 2012 winds down, we are left with memories, projections for the future, and, of course, the aforementioned lessons. So let’s step back for a second and take a look at all of this from a student’s point of view.
Preach, Election 2012:

1. Rick Santorum is actually insane. His views on gays; his views on contraceptives; his views on women; his views on the separation between church and state (or lack thereof); his views on Palestinians; his views on Satan in America; his views on waging war with China; his views on Darwinism; his views on any policy issue since the birth of the Constitution. And he almost became the nominee.

2. During an election, social media can be leveling, enthralling, informative and funny. Also, it can be very, very annoying. The information overload and second-by-second commentary during the debates really nailed this one down. We all follow that one person on Twitter whose more than willing to call shots in this election but couldn’t tell you how the tax structure in America works. Or that friend on Facebook who posts statuses about the election that are neither intelligent nor coherent. Yes, social media gives all of us a voice in the democratic process that we’ve never had before. But, keyword: all of us.
 
3. Unfettered private equity is, uhm, not good.
4. The vice presidential debate can be (and was) more entertaining than the presidential debates. It’s a bunch of malarkey if you disagree.
 
5. Kid Rock will never be cool. And singing “Bawitdaba” with Paul Ryan is not helping anyone.
6. Mitt Romney has a love/hate relationship with New York’s wealthiest.
7. If you run for President, ask yourself this over and over again: “Do I really want Clint Eastwood’s endorsement?”
 
8. Whether it’s the killing of Trayvon Martin or what happened in Aurora, our elected officials will always be hesitant to talk about gun control. And that’s a damn shame.
 
9. At one point, polls had Herman Cain in the lead among prospective Republican voters. Therefore, polls are bullshit.
 
10. Never let a House Republican talk to you about rape.
 
11. Do not listen to a band if you’re running for one of the highest offices in the free world and not only not share, but also vehemently oppose, their political views. Because they’ll call you out in front of everyone.
12. In the Big Picture and long-term scheme of things, trends are irrelevant. Who the hell is Big Bird? Is he voting for Mitt Romney? Am I voting for Mitt Romney? How did Obama do in the first debate? Was he asleep? What are binders full of women? Is Newt serious about a moon colony? Does any of this even matter on Election Day? No, it does not at all.
To America (or whoever is reading this): your job over the next 24 hours is to memorize these lessons. Like, really, really memorize them. Don’t forget them. If you do, we’re all screwed come 2016.
Oh, and go vote. That, too.
 
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No Matter What We Do, the Election Has to Leak Into Hurricane Sandy

Serious conviction: Most of New York’s media folk are stuck indoors, looking for something to write about to fill blogs with content. Guilty as charged myself. However, while social media collapses with updates of Sandy’s destruction, there have been flares of America’s severe electoral illness. Symptoms include: taking any event and asking “What does this mean for the election?”

Given, the election is a week away (yeah . . . we know) so it’s only natural that we think of the near future. But there’s something to be said about the election leaking into a national crisis or the act of politicizing the wrath of Mother Nature — we reported on a similar all-political-everything matter involving Romney and hurricanes a few months back, when he told a woman to “Call 2-1-1” if the going gets rough. There’s also something to be said when we’re talking more about the implications for the election than its possible correlation to, uhm, global warming.
Here’s a couple of ‘Sandy’s impact’ narratives that I’ve come across on the Interwebs: 1) Romney pledged to cut FEMA (and then re-pledged), which will come back to bite him in the ass now; 2) studies of incumbent presidents losing elections when it’s shitty out; 3) studies of voter backlash on presidents during weather-related crises; 4) voters will think Obama is more “presidential” signing emergency declarations for Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and 5) a combination of previous points with additional “What about the children?”-like questions.
Also, here’s the sad truth for bloggers: The storm will not affect the election.
Easy explanation for that: Dealing with the storm has nothing to do with creating jobs. Do we honestly think the unemployed worker cares about FEMA funding at this point? The economy spelled backwards is not Hurricane Sandy, and, no matter the realities at hand, that is what this election is all about. And the media should know that better than anyone.
However, the media can’t be blamed for all of this (we’re nice when you get to know us, we swear). Finding or looking for the meaning in everything is the human condition in the age of infinite media; with so many outlets screaming at once, an association bursts into a variability of way too many possibilities. In other words, the connection between Election 2012 and Sandy will naturally spur hundreds of different headlines. Once we realize it’s our own collective flaw, we can give ourselves advice.
Like this: Guys, there’s a serious event that lived up to the overhype we diagnosed it with. We’ll deal with the election later. Romney and Obama will be just fine. For now, let’s watch out for one another. Deal?
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The Mayor on the Election: Romney, Obama Economic Plans “Are Not Real”

Since he endorsed then-president Bush in 2004, Mayor Bloomberg has remained relatively mum during the election season. He didn’t endorse anyone in 2008 and will not do so this year either. The Republican-turned-independent politician likes to pull strings from the outside instead: Just last week, the billionaire told the press that he would be creating his own SuperPAC to funnel funds to Congressional candidates that shared his political views.

By doing so, the mayor hopes to influence a different level of the national stage. And that makes sense, given that he doesn’t seem to like the two presidential candidates too much.
In an interview with The New York Times yesterday, Bloomberg spilled the beans on all his electoral emotions, much to the dismay of the Romney and Obama tents. Needless to say, the criticisms were harsh for both sides, but the icing on the cake of it all was the mayor’s overarching referendum on the candidates’ policies:
“Their economic plans are not real. I think that’s clear. If you listen to what they say, they never get explicit.” (For Romney, at least, a whole website has been dedicated to that idea: Ladies and gentlemen, we give you… romneytaxplan.com).
The mayor has spoken.
However, if you read the rest of Bloomberg’s comments, he reminds you of the disappointed liberal more so than the centrist mold he has created for himself. On the president’s social stances, in terms of gay marriage and gun control (two issues that Bloomberg has prided himself on), the mayor is stumped by inaction:
“I will say that I don’t see as much action as I would like, and it’s nice to be on the side that I think you should be on, but unless you do something, so what.”
Continuing on that liberal fury, the mayor even included an indictment of Romney’s business experience, which is strange coming from a man who flew into office on the “I’m a businessman who can run government too” ticket:
“I do think that Romney’s business experience would be valuable, but I don’t know that running Bain Capital gives you the experience to run the country.”
Private equity is not the same as running a multimillion dollar financial information service company, Mitt.
But don’t think for a second that Bloomberg sympathizes with Obama on taxing the 1 Percent — an issue we touched upon two weeks ago with the mayoral race next year. “This business of ‘Well, they can afford it; they should pay their fair share?’ Well, who are you to say ‘Somebody else’s fair share’?”
Once again, the mayor has spoken. Sorry, Mitt and Barack. This guy ain’t your friend.
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Mitt Romney Snubbed My Favorite Childhood Television Network (But It’s Okay)

Cat Dog. Hey Arnold. Rugrats. All That! Rocket Power. Legends of the Hidden Temple. Salute Your Shorts. Figure It Out. The Wild Thornberries. Everything on Nick Jr. Everything on Nick at Nite (The Cosby Show! Cheers!).  

I’m probably leaving out a few but, for the most part, that’s what Nickelodeon looked like during the late 1990s and early 2000s. I learned my morals from those shows (well, not really) and stayed up late just to watch the Huxtables’ daily routines while examining Cosby’s sweater collection.

So, when I discovered that the Republican Presidential candidate has refused to make an appearance on Nickelodeon’s “Kids Pick the President” (a political version of Kids Say The Darnest Things, where children ask the candidates about the most serious questions we face as a country heading into the next four years) next week, my ten-year-old self felt betrayed by Mr. Meanie. In a press release this morning, the network announced that Mr. Romney would not be participating in the program because “he was unable to fit it into schedule.”

He’s treading on a fragile playground: if pre-teens were the leading electoral bloc, Mr. Romney would lose in a landslide. But they cannot vote yet so us adults in the media will latch onto anything the candidate can throw at the pint-sized, be it the professed Big Bird hate in last week’s debate and, most recently, his resounding “No!” to the children of America.

This doesn’t look good for the Republican candidate, especially because Obama is making an appearance and he’s the President on his free time.  Also, the program has been around since 1992 and only two Presidential candidates have bailed: Dubya and Kerry in 2004. And that was just a bad year in general for the kids of America.

Now, Nickelodeon is already making it clear that they’re a little pissed about the decision to abstain: Nick News host Linda Ellerbee declared that the “several million kids” who will vote in an online poll for their Presidential choice “don’t deserve to be dissed. But former Gov. Romney also blew off Letterman and Big Bird so I guess we’re in good company.”

…Damn.

It should be expected that Romney will lose the online poll simply because he will not be there to defend himself. The President will be facing off against an empty stool a la Clint Eastwood. And, luckily, the future generations of this country aren’t as indecisive as the independent voters in this country – the online poll has successfully predicted the election in five out of the six past elections.

However, as short-lived trend stories in any election, all these children-based quips do not add up to much in the end; the Big Bird story was fun for, like, 16 hours post-debate and this Nickelodeon story will probably fizzle out in due time (less than a day) as well. Because, as mentioned before, these little squirts cannot vote yet and the electorate cares more about the present moment than the future generations’ prospects for survival.

Sorry kids and my ten-year-old self, America’s eyes are focused on broke/unemployed Mommy and Daddy, not Mr. Romney’s policy on Big Bird. But, using that logic, this article falls under my own trend criticism.

It’s alright, though. My favorite childhood TV network was Cartoon Network anyway.

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Mitt Romney is a Snooki Fan, Reaffirming That He’s Out of Touch with America

As reality television slowly drags itself into the oblivion, it is safe to say that we, as a country, are pretty much done with MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore.’ The greased-up guido and obnoxious fist-pumping fad came and went but, nonetheless, it did happen: at one point, the show was the highest rated show ever on the channel and was attracting millions of viewers for each episode. Snooki and the rest of the crew became national sensations – each having some sort of spin-off bullshit to keep themselves busy – as Americans obsessively tuned in to find out why whomever was cheating on whomever.

I am not a cultural expert on the ‘Jersey Shore’ – truthfully, I didn’t watch it at all – but, hey, I lived in America in late 2009 and early 2010, which indirectly gives me authority to speak on the subject. So bear with me: now, the country could care less about the Shore; hence the show’s cancellation and a lack of giving-a-shit about Snooki and J. Wow’s other show. And there’s a ton of reasons to explain why: the current popularity of Smart Television (i.e. ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Louie’), America’s short attention span, the stagnated economy or the masses’ revelation that, hey, what we’re watching right now is actually pretty shitty.

One may ask, why I am making this point? Why the cultural critique of the ‘Jersey Shore’ trend and its deeper implications for what we, as a country, care about? To reiterate what’s been said, who gives a shit about anything related to the show or its stars or me, for that matter?

Well, the point that America has moved on from Snooki as a metaphysical idea ties in well with Presidential go-getter Mitt Romney’s comments yesterday on the ‘Shore’ star, telling America on ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael!’ that he is ‘kind of a Snooki fan.’ If we follow the logical sequence here, it’s clear that Mitt is stuck in the past and, for liking a show that America is over with, not that cool at all. And remember: this election is about likability, not the economy, stupid.

Further more, Romney sounds like that kid in high school who shows up at a conversation with the cool kids during lunch and starts talking about something that was cool, like, ten years ago to impress them. “Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun,” Mitt told Ripa and Strahan. No, Mitt, no it’s not – we realized a while ago that Snooki’s ‘spark-plug personality’ is just really annoying to listen. And yes, America, you are the cool kids; shake your head in shame for this poor fellow’s lack of trendiness.

Ann, on the other hand, is not a Kardashian fan. Using a clever play on words, she told the hosts, “Who can keep up with the Kardashians?” This is true – no one can and, to add to that, no one really should. But, as recent word leaked out on Mitt’s classification of the middle class and him and Ryan’s inability to name tax loopholes they’d cut, the better question is, “Who can keep up with the Romneys?”

The cultural signs that the Republican candidate is out of touch with what America cares about seem to be popping up everywhere (I’d much rather go to a Jay-Z/Beyonce fundraiser than one with Kid Rock as the guest of honor). And this is important: the political and economic indications of disapproval with Romney touch upon policy disagreements and spats with citizens but the cultural side of this all leaks into our living rooms and depicts what we like and talk about on a regular basis. In other words, it’s much more personal to us.

If current poll numbers are telling any closer-to-home narrative this election year, it’s that Obama is much more relatable than Romney to Americans. In terms of television, voters seem to be banking on the fact that they’d have a much more substantial conversation with the President about why Walter White left that damn book from Gale on his toilet seat for the entire world to see in the latest half-season finale of ‘Breaking Bad.’ Or how Louis C.K. does an amazing job of representing the Average Joe’s detachment from modern society. Or even how excited we are for ’30 Rock’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ to come back next week.

To use the analogy from before, once Mitt shows up at America’s table during lunch, talking about how great Snooki is, the country will react exactly like the cool kids. They’ll pick up their lunch trays, move to a different table and loudly make fun of the loser for the rest of the afternoon.

High school (and this election against the quote, unquote “cool” President) is real tough, Mitt.

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Kid Rock & Paul Ryan Rock Out to ‘Bawitdaba’ in Michigan

“So one of us is running for Vice President, but only one of us listened to ‘Bawitdaba’ on the way over here in the Secret Service motorcade,” Paul Ryan said this morning at a rally in Royal Oaks, Michigan.

Miriam Coleman of Rolling Stone reported today that Kid Rock came out in support of the VP nominee to an audience of 160 people who each paid around $500 to see Detroit’s gung-ho spokesperson and Ryan himself. The performance comes as a pre-game for the RNC this upcoming week, where Kid Rock, along with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins and Journey, will headline the family fun in Tampa.

Kid Rock’s appearance rides the coat tail of the musical forces behind this election; some of which we wrote about last weekend (Paul Ryan’s edgy relationship with Rage Against the Machine; Hank Williams, Jr., reminding audiences that “we all hate Obama;” etc.).

And, to Ryan, the cowboy baby is a symbol of something that can only happen in America.

A few months back, Kid Rock came out in support of Romney during the rough Republican primary season; this led to the campaign’s adoption of the singer’s ‘Born Free’ track for its official election song. (It would have been appropriate to use MC Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This’ – according to Politico, one had to pay $2,500 for a picture with Paul Ryan).
At the rally, Ryan praised Kid Rock for representing the American Dream. Screw Horatio Alger; we should be looking up to the guitarist formerly named Robert Ritchie for economic inspiration: “Look at this creator right here – the fruits of his labor coming from his mind, his talents. His took his path to find his happiness and he is realizing his dreams and he is paving his way. Only in America can you do this.”
We’re talking about Kid Rock, right?
The duo rocked out at the Oakland Hills Country Club and Kid Rock joked with the crowd that maybe they would confuse him with Ryan: “I was going to come out, be a little wisenheimer and say ‘Guess which one is running for vice president?'”
Unfortunately, the answer is Paul Ryan, not Kid Rock.
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The Obama Campaign Ad Everyone on the Internet is Talking About

The Huffington Post’s homepage screams “OBAMA UNLOADS: BRUTAL NEW AD.” The term ‘brutal’ might be an overstatement; ‘laughable’ might be a bit more apropos. But the Obama campaign’s new ad, entitled “Firms,” is one to remember. Why? Because what’s better than an attack ad based on someone’s shitty singing skills.

In the video, the sound of Romney singing “America, the Beautiful” is eerily juxtaposed with news links stating that the Presidential challenger, both at Bain and in Massachusetts, outsourced our jobs to other countries. Now, Mitt has told reporters that these attacks are unfounded and, according to independent fact-checkers, he never outsourced any jobs while he was involved in private equity or government. And he may or may not be true: that is for the voters to decide come November.

But the intention of the video here is (kind of) clear: America, in Romney’s eyes, is not that beautiful, for jobs at least.

We remember when Romney’s rendition of the patriotic song took place: deep in the mire of the Republican primaries, the former Governor went looking for votes down in Florida. And he found his crowd at a retirement home, which, is like, the norm in Florida, right? To connect with a demographic he already had in the bag, the Bain man started belting out the tunes. Watch the video here and FYI: look at the faces in the audience. Yes, you will feel awkward… but in a great way.

Now, this video went viral just ten days after another classic did: Obama singing Al Green at the Apollo. Clearly, Romney wanted to tell voters that he, too, be as cool as his rival and sing his heart out (regardless of this whole re-invention of singing contests on television, is that a credential for the Oval Office?). But why “America, the Beautiful?” Come on, Romney; if you’re going to sing for us, sing “Call Me Maybe” or, like, “Cotton Eye Joe.” Patriotic songs are wonderful and all but they don’t really get a crowd going.

So the next step in Romney’s ad campaign is simple: juxtapose all the failures of the Obama Presidency with his Al Green tune. Imagine a video where news accounts that read “Guantanamo Still Open” or “Drone Attacks Continue” while Obama swoons, “Soooo in loveeee with youuuu.” First off, think of the shock value this ad could have on the media. Second, Mitt’s main problem with his voter connection is his reputation for being out of touch with seemingly everyone in the Universe. This dose of humor would fix that in a heartbeat.

Attention, Mr. Romney: we just gave you the greatest ad idea since the Daisy days of Lyndon B. Johnson. Run with it… it’s for your own good.

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Romney First Election Ad: Most Epic Day One Ever (Well… Sorta)

“What would a Romney Presidency look like?”

That’s what the narrator, who sounds a bit like the Republican nominee himself, asks viewers in the Romney campaign’s first video ad for the general election (entitled “Day One”) that went up on YouTube last night. The advertisement will be shown over and over again in the battleground states (i.e. Virginia, Michigan) to a people who presumably hate the word “swing.”

Most of us have no idea what the answer to that question is; predicting the future is a hard trait to come by for the non-clairvoyant demographic. Our fellow Voice writer Pete Kotz took a wack at it and, apparently, so did Mitt.

Interwoven with gleeful shots of Mitt shaking peoples’ hands and workers that exist somewhere Bain Capital hasn’t found yet, the video takes hypothetical politics to the White House, painting a first day on the job portrait for anyone who’s interested. And, if the video is any indication, he has a lot planned.

In the first 24 hours as leader of the free world, Romney will tackle three main objectives in one fell swoop. Take a deep breath:
1. Approve Keystone XL
2. Pass tax cuts and reform
3. Start the steamrolling of Obamacare
And exhale. Let’s think about this for a second.
Start with Obamacare; the bane of post-modern conservatism and the centerpiece of what will soon to be one of the most ground-breaking Supreme Court decisions in recent history. Notwithstanding the justices’ moods that day, the bill’s existence and future is solely under of the responsibility of Congress, not the President. Legislators passed the bill; therefore, they can kill it.
Political reality: to start measures to repeal Obamacare translates into Mitt twisting the arms of fellow Congressmen for months. And that’s not exciting at all.
The next part – the whole tax reform spiel – inherits a similar fate. Everyone who took civics class or watched Schoolhouse Rock as a kid learned at least one federalist factoid: Congress has power of the purse. That means that the middle class caricatures in this video are subject to the will of the polarized legislative branch, not the one-man team in the bully pulpit.
A President can sure as hell talk about changing the tax code (search: Obama, Buffett Rule, legislative fail) but it’s Congress that has omnipotence in this sector. So political reality: passing tax reform on Day One is laughable to anyone that knows a thing about how the United Stated government actually works, notwithstanding lobbyists, loopholes and everything else that keeps us up at night.
Actually, only one of things can actually be done by a President, regardless if it’s Day One of Day Fifty-Three. That is, of course, the Keystone XL – that metal snake that will run through the heart of America. To pass something of this magnitude, the company behind the project, TransCanada, needs the approval of the State Department and the President. Hence Obama’s sign-off of its southern half in February. The final political reality: eh, it could happen.
During the early days of the primary, the Republican contenders were obsessed with Day One revelations. Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Santorum and Romney would try to trump each others by seeing who could say ‘kill Obamacare’ more times in a single sentence. But that’s because a Day One scenario is malleable and easy to swallow. Those aforementioned political realities go out the window and, in the rules of the hypothetical, the response to “what if?” can be construed to fit anyone’s MO.
And that’s the basis of Romney’s first ad for the general election. Let the games begin.
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Joe Lieberman Will Not Get Involved in the Election, Everybody’s Happy

No one is more independent then Joe Lieberman. One year, he’ll run as former Vice President Al Gore’s running mate; another year, he’ll throw his support behind John McCain and act like 2000 never happened. The senator from Connecticut is a true maverick but, this election cycle, he’s calling it quits.

Today, on “Fox News Sunday,” he declared to whoever was listening that he would not get involved in the 2012 election: “I think this year, when it comes to the presidential election, I’m just going to do what most Americans do: go in the voting booth on election day and in the privacy of the booth cast my vote.” This will be the last year for Lieberman in office, also; the senator is not seeking re-election after 24 years in office.
 
Too bad. To commemorate the event, Runnin’ Scared collected the best quotes from the King of Non-Partisanship. Here’s what we’ll miss (not really) this election season:

On his decision to not seek re-election: “The reason I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012 is best expressed in the wise words of Ecclesiastes: ‘To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under Heaven.'” You heard the man; God has different plans for this one.

On Sarah Palin in 2008: “Everybody should listen” to the ex-Governor because “people worried that government has forgotten them, that it
has grown too big, that the deficit is growing too large, and in some sense that we’re not being as strong as we should be in the world — Governor Palin has spoken to those concerns as much as anyone.” Oh, we listened… and laughed hysterically.
 
On his 2004 comeback: while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Lieberman warned, “Wolf, be excited. This is Joementum here in New Hampshire.” For English purists, Joementum is a combination of two words: ‘Joe’ and ‘momentum.’ Its definition? Who knows.
 
On McCain’s Presidential credentials: “We’ve just seen over the last few days, as the Russians invaded a sovereign nation, Georgia. And watch the response of this man, John McCain, to that crisis – right, strong, clear, principled.” And what was McCain’s wonderful response? Let’s just say it was a dose of some good ol’ Cold War fun.
 
Well, it’s been fun, Lieberman. As the great John Travolta once said in the movie “Face/Off”: “I hate to see you go but I love to watch you leave.”