Name not familiar? Here’s some excerpts from his Wikipedia article:
- writes a column for the weekly New York Observer newspaper, for Salon.com and has written a number of books, including Big Lies (2003), which addresses what he says are myths spread about liberals by conservatives.
- From 1978 to 1990, he worked as a columnist and staff writer at The Village Voice.
- In 1992 Conason wrote an article for Spy magazine naming Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jane Morgan as women who allegedly were having affairs with George H. W. Bush, using Linda Tripp as a source.
- Conason was a regular guest and a guest host on The Al Franken Show.
- In 2000, he co-authored the book The Hunting of the President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton with Gene Lyons; the book was turned into a documentary in 2004, which Conason co-produced. The Raw Deal, his book on the Bush Administration’s efforts to “end Social Security as we know it,” appeared in 2005. In 2007, Conason published It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush (Thomas Dunne Books).
So, just to establish his bona-fides, he’s not only a rabid liberal, he’s also the smear merchant who started the meme about the first President Bush having extramarital affairs.
Oh yeah — really well-sourced “journalist” here. Yeah. Riiiiiight.
By bowing to Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his obstructive pals in both parties on health care reform, President Obama has confirmed what Republicans always say about Democrats: They simply aren’t strong enough to govern.
Their moment of truth came when Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff and self-styled tough guy from Chicago, urged the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to strip out the most progressive aspects of the proposed health care reform bill in order to appease Lieberman. Unless the Connecticut senator got his way, he threatened to join a Republican filibuster — conniving with a political minority to kill reforms that a majority of Americans has wanted and needed for decades.
Neither Emanuel nor his boss possesses the courage to call the bluff of the reform opponents and urge a victory for that majority through the legislative process known as “reconciliation,” which allows the Senate leadership to stuff a sock in the mouth of the filibuster.
Not surprisingly, this spectacle of capitulation evokes disgust among many Democrats, surpassed only by the revulsion they feel as they gaze upon Lieberman’s self-satisfied grin.
By now we know that he doesn’t really care what the Democratic Party is all about — especially when the issue is achieving reforms of health care that have been a central objective of Democrats throughout his lifetime. He is said to care much more about avenging his defeat by Democratic voters in the primary three years ago.
But there is no need to speculate on his lowdown motives. Everyone knows he is a servant of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries that have always paid his campaign bills and sometimes maintained his spouse, Hadassah, on their payrolls, either directly or indirectly.
While observing the worst expressions of Lieberman’s character, the public has learned about the president’s defects, as well. Three years ago, Obama supported the Connecticut senator when few liberals would and then defended his senatorial privileges this year, even after he had endorsed and campaigned for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008. Now Lieberman has repaid those favors with spite –and that smart, tenacious, cool leader in the White House did nothing but flinch.
Really, it does this conservative Democrat’s heart good to watch the bullies of the Democrap Party begin to turn on each other. Really; I’m just grinning like a madman as I type this. Breeding and culture will tell; and when your bred from hooligans and your culture is corruption and death, it all comes out in the end. The attack on Lieberman’s wife was a particularly low and obnoxious touch, too.
And just in case you haven’t heard, Mister Conason — Nobody messes with Joe (Lieberman).