The Left's Anti-Lieberman Hatefest
6:31 PM, Dec 14, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
From the halls of the Senate to left-wing blogs and the Washington Post, Democrats have been busy the past day viciously attacking Joe Lieberman for saying that he'll filibuster a bill with a Medicare buy-in provision.
An anonymous senior Senate aide says that Lieberman double-crossed Harry Reid; liberal blogger Jane Hamsher, last seen putting the senator in blackface, is trying to drive Lieberman's wife from a position on a breast cancer charity; and Washington Post blogger and omniscient child pundit Ezra Klein writes that Lieberman "seems willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in order to settle an old electoral score." (The New Republic's Jonathan Chait seconds Klein's sentiment--"[Lieberman] seems to view the prospect of sticking it to the liberals who supported his Democratic opponent in 2006 as a goal potentially worth sacrificing the lives of tens of thousands of Americans to fulfill"--and adds that he thinks Lieberman is stupid.) All of this from the folks who attack the GOP for its "ideological conformity."
In a followup post, Klein writes that his contention that Lieberman would cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of out of spite is "not a particularly controversial statement. It relies on data from the Institute of Medicine and the Urban Institute, both of which are credible sources."
Cato's Michael Cannon explains that Klein's attack on Lieberman is based on data that is very disputable:
Hat Tip: Ramesh Ponnuru