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[ 36 ] March 11, 2013 |

Meet the American Enterprise Institute’s hot new hire–Joe Lieberman!

[SL]: Nobody could have seen this coming!

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  1. Aaron says:

    If you want a reliable mouthpiece for the policies the AEI espouses on behalf of its corporate sponsors….

  2. JKTHs says:

    I still don’t know how any CT Democrat as late as 2006 could vote for him.

  3. Major Kong says:

    I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

  4. mark f says:

    Somewhat more surprising (though I called it on election night), Scott Brown has joined the financial services department of a law firm that represents Goldman Sachs and Sallie Mae.

    I don’t know how many people outside Mass. watched the Brown-Warren senate debates, but at one point in one of them he snorted at Warren’s legal work and said he was “a real estate attorney. I do closings” out of a home office. I’m sure that’s a typical skill set ceiling in his new department.

    • Warren Terra says:

      1) You do realize, the news you link is already the subject of a thread immediately below this one, started about two hours before it?

      2) Scott Brown joining a white shoe law firm and lobbying shop in DC is not surprising. That he’s doing it in their Boston office, rather than moving to DC, is more interesting, and suggests he plans to return to statewide office of some sort. Far more unexpected, in the article linked in the thread below this one, is this:

      He’s also heading to New Hampshire in April, a move that suggests he might be interested in running for president in 2016.

      Srsly? Doe anyone take this to be plausible? I mean, I worry about the Scott Browns of the world – handsome, smooth talking, smart enough not to sound like a Christianist or a moron, even as they vote the same way – but for President, with his resume? I realize the Republicans deride Obama’s 2008 resume, but every time they bring someone remotely comparable it looks far more parody than parallel.

      • Malaclypse says:

        Doe anyone take this to be plausible?

        Scott Brown might. I think he genuinely believed that he was a Game-Changing New Face For Republicans ™.

      • mark f says:

        1. Oops, I did not know that. I’ve found Campos’s work on the law school scam to be both interesting and personally helpful (i.e. it stopped me from making that particular mistake), but now I have to admit I haven’t been following the series lately and skipped right over it when I saw the headline.

        2. A. I only find in somewhat surprising, because I wasn’t as confident as I projected that he’d skip the special election.

        B. I can’t believe he’s looking to run for president. He’s moving to NH for the same reason everyone else does: taxes. Somehow I can’t see him being pilloried for it the way Kerry was when it turned out he docked his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid an excise tax.

        • Malaclypse says:

          He’s moving to NH for the same reason everyone else does: taxes.

          Not so sure. I Am Not A Tax Accountant, but I’d guess that Nixon Peabody’s salary counts as MA wages. For most folk, living in NH and working in MA is the worst of both worlds – high NH property tax, moderately high MA income tax, high commuting costs, and in the end, you are living in NH.

          • mark f says:

            Wait, you’re right. Why the hell do people do that then? To avoid the sales tax? Or do they actually like New Hampshire?

            He’s probably just checking out summer rentals at Hampton. Gotta show off that Speedo.

            • Malaclypse says:

              If you are Romney-rich, and living on unearned income, it can make sense. But if you are just rich, and living on pretend jobs that have tax nexus, then you are the sort of dumb I suspect Brown is.

            • JL says:

              My sister-in-law and her husband do that (and they are liberals, not wingnuts). I think it’s because they like being able to afford a big house with a big garage (he’s building an airplane in there, literally) and an enormous yard full of forest and wildlife. I still don’t really understand the appeal. She works nearby but the commute must be hell on earth for him, and they have to drive everywhere, and they occasionally complain to us about the neighbors’ political views.

      • Tybalt says:

        I didn’t realize (1) either.

  5. catclub says:

    Well, I am shocked. I expected him to lobby exclusively for insurance companies (well, and pharma).

  6. Robert M. says:

    “…hot new hire…”

    Lieberman is a small, jowly man with an unpleasant frown and unpleasanter smile; he’s been a fixture (however inexplicably) in DC for decades; and a “hire” is someone who is fairly compensated for performing productive work.

    So, c.f. “Holy Roman Empire”, etc. etc.

  7. c u n d gulag says:

    So, “Traitor Joe” is going to AEI.

    What a shocker!
    NOT!!!

    Now, instead of being a direct impediment to any progress in the Senate, and being everyone in the MSM’s favorite ex-Democrat, he can snipe at attempts to improve things from the sidelines.

    You can take a boy out of the Senate, but you can’t take the desire to go on Sunday bloviation fests, out of the boy.

    “Holier-that-thou Schmoe,” is a bitter old fool.

    I’ve had a pretty deep hatred for Schmoe LIARman ever since he pulled his “Holier-than-thou” routine during the Clinton BJ hearings.

    And after that, he cost Al Gore the Presidency when he practically laid down on his back and purred when he debated Darth Cheney – Schmoe knew he had met an even darker and more war-hungry soul than his own, and just lay there in admiration and adoration.

    I just want to live long enough, to defecate on the graves of W, Cheney, Schmoe, and Rush.
    THAT ought to tell you how low Schmoe is in my regard.

    If he was on fire, I woulnd’t piss on him to help put it out. Throw a gallon of gasoline? Yes!

  8. mojrim says:

    Who could have imagined..?

  9. somethingblue says:

    Well, that’s a relief. I was afraid we might not see him on all of the Sunday morning talk shows anymore.

  10. montag says:

    I expect there to be a lot of new hires at AEI, mostly due to health-related attrition.

    Holy Joe is going to whine the fuckers to death.

  11. wengler says:

    It tells you something that he was unable to land a lobbyist gig and instead will be the rightwing’s fake leftwing puppet in contrived conversations.

    I guess they knew no one was going to be picking up his call.

  12. Joel says:

    Funny enough, but today I had the opportunity to use the word “sinecure” in a sentence…and that was before the Brown and Lieberman news.

  13. gogiggs says:

    Always nice when someone lives down to your worst opinion of them.

  14. Cody says:

    I’m glad to see one of my favorite Republicans of the last decade land on his feet.

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