Politics is often Theater
Lamont criticized Lieberman earlier this week for his handling of the Clinton matter, telling reporters and editors at The New York Times that Lieberman should have discussed the matter privately with the president rather than creating “a media spectacle.”
“You go up there, you sit down with one of your oldest friends and say, ‘You’re embarrassing yourself, you’re embarrassing your presidency, you’re embarrassing your family, and it’s got to stop,”‘ Lamont said.
while Ned Lamont has been given a hot Clinton Support infusion he should remember that government officals tend to save documents
Lieberman’s staff on Saturday called Lamont’s recent criticisms hypocritical in light of a 1998 letter sent by e-mail. However, Lamont said he stands by his position that the public rebuke exacerbated the situation.
The Lieberman Senate office released copies of the letter, which Lamont sent to the senator shortly after Lieberman took to the Senate floor to chide Clinton in September 1998.
“I supported your statement because Clinton’s behavior was outrageous: a Democrat had to stand up and state as much, and I hoped that your statement was the beginning of the end,” Lamont wrote.
Lieberman’s rebuke made him the first prominent Democratic lawmaker to openly criticize Clinton’s conduct with Lewinsky, once a White House intern. The boost to Lieberman’s national profile helped him to secure the party’s nomination for vice president in 2000.
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