Obama Confronted Lieberman Over Muslim Smears

Last week we told you about Senator Obama's "slightly intimidating" confrontation with Joe Lieberman on the Senate floor. Well, now we have video of Barack Obama literally leading Lieberman aside by the hand, and Newsweek provides confirmation of exactly what the two talked about about.

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In a brief but animated Senate floor confrontation last week, according to a campaign aide who asked for anonymity when talking about private discussions, Obama told Lieberman he was surprised by Lieberman's personal attacks and his half-hearted denials of the false rumors that Obama is a Muslim. (The aide says Lieberman was "strangely muted" during the exchange; a Lieberman spokesman says the chat was "private and friendly.") McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker says Lieberman "played a key role in reaching out to the Jewish community in the primary … and you can expect that will continue."

Hopefully this little "chat" persuaded Lieberman to stop issuing those "half-hearted denials." If HolyJoe wants to support McCain, that's his prerogative. But that surely doesn't give him license to help passively spread a wholly unfounded rumor.

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