LIEBERMAN AND BYGONES…. Joe Lieberman’s office issued a statement this morning on the election results.

“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 aside 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.”

I think it became apparent to Lieberman, about a week or so ago, that he bet on the wrong horse. He is, however, about two years too late.

I loved the line about putting “partisan considerations aside” now that the election is over. Remember when John Cleese’s Sir Lancelot stormed a castle, sword in hand, murdering most of a wedding party? The castle owner, anxious to curry favor with Lancelot, encouraged the survivors of the attack to let bygones by bygones. As the castle owner told his guests, “Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed whom….”

Likewise, Lieberman doesn’t want to bicker and argue about who engaged in character assassination; we should instead put “partisan considerations aside.”

It’s unlikely. This is the same Lieberman who argued that Obama doesn’t put “country first”; who thought it was a “good question” to ask whether Obama is a “Marxist”; and who appeared at the Republican National Convention to falsely smear Obama as having tried to undermine U.S. troops.

Lieberman and Harry Reid are scheduled to meet sometime this week. We’ll see what happens.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.