Character-is-destiny Dep’t: Michael Moore and Joe Lieberman

Especially rotten character.

There are some problems even Barack Obama will be unable to solve, because they are woven into the fabric of the universe. Michael Moore’s self-righteous intellectual dishonesty is one of them. Joe Lieberman’s smarmy rottenness is another.

Listen to Michael Moore:

Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war. I hope President-elect Obama remembers that as he considers expanding the war in Afghanistan. The faith we now have will be lost if he forgets the main issue on which he beat his fellow Dems in the primaries and then a great war hero in the general election: The people of America are tired of war. Sick and tired. And their voice was loud and clear yesterday.

Got that? When people voted for Barack Obama, who said he wasn’t against all wars, just dumb wars, and said we needed to end a futile war in Iraq to win an essential war in Afghanistan, they were voting for “an avowed anti-war candidate.” Therefore, if Obama does what he said he’d do, he will be breaking faith, because it’s not what Michael Moore wants him to do. Feh.

Not to be outdone, Joe Lieberman also demonstrated that rottenness is integral to his character:

I sincerely congratulate President-elect Obama for his historic and impressive victory. America remains a nation of extraordinary opportunity and the American people are a people of extraordinary fairness. Now that the election is over, it is time to put partisan considerations side and come together as a nation to solve the difficult challenges we face and make our blessed land stronger and safer. I pledge to work with President-elect Obama and his incoming Administration in their efforts to reinvigorate our economy and keep our nation secure and free.

That was just hours after agreeing with Glenn Beck (who was quoting Orrin Hatch) that “America” might not survive a 60-seat Democratic majority in the Senate and that the filibuster was an important check on “the passions of the moment.”

I’m sure there’s a language in which calling someone a threat to the nation and endorsing obstructionist parliamentary tactics to block him from enacting the program he was just elected on constitute “working with” that person, but fortunately it’s not a language I speak.

Update And how could I have forgotten Ralph Nader, who decides to celebrate Obama’s victory by calling him “an Uncle Tom for the big corporations.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: