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Joe Lieberman joined Glenn beck on his FOX Show the other day and boy, was it a love-fest. Joe played Beck's fanboy and showered him with hugs and kisses. Once upon a time this man ran as VP in 2000 for the Democratic Party. Beck said Joe was inspired by his insane 8/28 Rally in DC which he says was not political, but which was boring, really white and political. I guess Joe didn't read anything about that event. Joe is going to join Beck for his Restoring Courage event which he says is going to Jerusalem.
On his radio show, Beck immediately started in on the hyperbole. After discussing the details of the event, Beck warned his followers that "the very gates of hell are gonna open up against us" and declared, "I believe we live in historic times. I believe historians will remember what we do and what we say."
Restoring Courage will be "the same kind of feel that you experienced" at Restoring Honor, Beck said, "except I will tell you: much more profound. This is a life-changing, life-altering event." Beck even said that the rally would "define" its participants: "This will be a -- I think, a pinnacle moment in your life. It will define you. In the end, this event will define you." Beck continued the hyperbole on his TV show today, paraphrasing the Gettysburg Address to say that at his rally in Jerusalem, "possibly for the first time in man's history, God will remember and make note of what we do there.
It's an event to stand up for what you believe in, said Beck. Later he said that Lieberman helped him get into Yale University also.
We know Sen. Lieberman blocks bills just to piss off Liberals out of spite like when he stripped out the Medicare-For-All provision in HCR when just three months before he was for it. But now he's embarrassing himself in front of his Beltway media elite friends by being a foil for Beck.
In the vid, Lieberman appeared to go further than the current Senate deal, which would expand Medicare to those aged 55-64, saying he supported the idea of expanding it to people aged 50 and over. Lieberman referenced his proposal along these lines during the 2006 campaign, and added:
“My proposals were to basically expand the existing successful public health insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid…
“When it came to Medicare I was very focused on a group — post 50, maybe more like post 55. People who have retired early, or unfortunately have been laid off early, who lose their health insurance and they’re too young to qualify for Medicare.
“What I was proposing was that they have an option to buy into Medicare early and again on the premise that that would be less expensive than the enormous cost. If you’re 55 or 60 and you’re without health insurance and you go in to try to buy it, because you’re older … you’re rated as a risk so you pay a lot of money.”
It’s not entirely clear that Lieberman was offering a full-throated current endorsement of the proposal, but his tone is clearly positive and approving. It’s yet another sign, as if you needed one, that Lieberman’s current opposition to the Senate proposal doesn’t appear to have any roots in a genuine policy disagreement.
So he hurt American families when it mattered the most and now he's aligning himself with Beck, really?