Monday, July 17, 2006

Lamont-Lieberman-Lee Siegel Lee Siegel Lee Siegel

Okay, the most salient feature of the Lamont-Lieberman primary election, despite what the staff of TNR seems to think, is not a pissing match between the left-wing blogosphere and TNR (too many links to wade into it; try a google search for "blogofascism"), but Holy Joe's apparent determination not to win the Democratic nomination. For example: using the most well-known pro-Bush (well, anti-Kerry) slogan from the 2004 race in his advertising. Does Joe think Connecticut Democrats are going to be inspired to vote for him by his ripping-off of a Karl Rove one-liner? He's not that stupid. [Yale BA, Yale JD -- ed.] Which leaves two possibilities: 1) Lieberman is delusional; 2) Lieberman is intentionally setting himself up to lose the primary. Either way, he seems to believe --- did you catch the debate by any chance? --- that his senate seat is a personal fiefdom. Which attitude is, frankly, anti-democratic. Surprised? Anyone who would say this:
It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be the commander in chief for three more critical years and that in matters of war we undermine presidential credibility at our nation's peril.
is unworthy of the office of New Haven county dogcatcher.

Bonus Round: Improve this:
Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel ... Oh! There you are.
Hmmm. Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lee-sie-gel: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lee. Sie. Gel. Perfect.

Bonus Round 2: Dear Jonathan Chait, It's just you and me here. Off the record. Marty's out yelling at anti-war protestors to get off his lawn. Jason Zengerle is inventing e-mails. Aren't you a little embarrassed for/about being associated with Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel?


At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Lolita, but I'll try. This is quite the piece of work:

Lee Siegel has it all figured out. Lee Siegel has everything figured out. He's been unwrapping the bows and ribbons of his intellect on websites for years, including a preening Slate diary a few years ago that nearly got him laughed out of the lodge, yet he disassociates from the other riffraff online, behaving as if has nothing in common with the amoebic nonentities who presume that they too have something to say. TNR Online features a column called "Lee Siegel on Culture," which seems like a naughty thing to do to culture, but let that go for the mo. Here, he has quite a go at those revolting peasants climbing over the hedges and tramping across the petunia beds. "It's a bizarre phenomenon, the blogosphere. It radiates democracy's dream of full participation but practices democracy's nightmare of populist crudity, character-assassination, and emotional stupefaction. It's hard fascism with a Microsoft face. It puts some people, like me, in the equally bizarre position of wanting desperately for Joe Lieberman to lose the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont so that true liberal values might, maybe, possibly prevail, yet at the same time wanting Lamont, the hero of the blogosphere, to lose so that the fascistic forces ranged against Lieberman might be defeated." A writer chiding bloggers for their incoherent rage ought not to be so glib about lobbing characterizations of fascism around.


At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Ashish George said...

Take the hint, Joe.


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