Lieberman hasn’t been paying attention to himself

LIEBERMAN HASN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO HIMSELF…. Joe Lieberman adopted the role of Republican attack dog early on, but as the election draws near, he’s hoping the political world has a very short memory.

Lieberman, a self-proclaimed “independent Democrat” who was chosen by McCain to make the case against Obama at the Republican National Convention in early September, said his comments have been within bounds.

“When I go out, I say, ‘I have a lot of respect for Sen. Obama. He’s bright. He’s eloquent.'”

My hunch is, Lieberman sees the direction of the political winds, and hopes to convince Democrats that while he’s been a McCain sycophant, he’s always been “respectful” towards Obama.

Lieberman, in other words, has to hope Democrats haven’t been paying any attention at all. The party is supposed to forget, for example, when Lieberman argued that Obama doesn’t put “country first.”

And the time Lieberman said it was a “good question” to ask whether Obama is a “Marxist.”

And the time Lieberman ironically accused the Obama campaign of “sleazy tactics.”

And the time Lieberman, at the Republican National Convention, falsely accused Obama of trying to undermine the troops

“Respectful”? Nice try, Joe.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.