On Fox News this morning, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) used a moment of silence commemorating 9/11 to decry the “terrible, partisan political sniping” that he says ruined the “unity that we felt after September 11”:
Let me just say in response to the moment of silence we just were part of, that that unity that we felt after September 11, we have to find a way to get it back because we’ve descended into terrible, partisan political sniping.
Lieberman’s exhaltation that “we have to find a way to get” America’s post-9/11 unity “back” is undermined by his plans for later this evening, when he mingles with some of the most divisive personalities in America today at Sean Hannity’s “Freedom Concert.”
Attending the concert along with the Connecticut Senator are some of the guiltiest culprits of the “terrible, partisan political sniping” that Lieberman professes to decry: Ann Coulter, Oliver North, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, and Hannity himself.
Here are just a few examples of their “terrible…sniping”:
Coulter: The media is “treasoness” and “the Democrats, they want us to lose.” [9/10/07]
North: “If we elect” a Democratic “Congress…it will be nuclear weapons in the hands of fanatics.” [8/31/06]
Giuliani: Democrats are “the party of losers” [7/26/07]
Gingrich: “Yes,” Bush administration critics are similar “to those who enabled Hitler” [9/1/06]
Hannity: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is “a propaganda minister for our enemies.” [4/24/07]
Hannity’s “Freedom Concerts” support a good cause by helping to fund education for the children of dead or disabled soldiers. But the political message underlying the shows, which are embodied by one of the most aggressively partisan personalities on TV and radio, is far from the unifying message Lieberman says he desires.
UPDATE: Last week, Lieberman told Hannity that he “can’t wait” for the concert.
UPDATE II: At TPM Election Central, Greg Sargent notes that Ann Coulter has “repeatedly bashed the 9/11 widows, calling them ‘self-obsessed’ and accusing them of ‘enjoying their husband’s deaths.’
SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (I-CT): Megyn, let me just say in response to the moment of silence we just were part of, that that unity that we felt after September 11, we have to find a way to get it back because we’ve descended into terrible, partisan political sniping. The fact is, al Qaeda, the al Qaeda that attacked us on 9/11 six years ago today, the al Qaeda that we’re fighting in Iraq today, they don’t distinguish between Republicans or Democrats. They hate all Americans. They want to kill us all. And that’s why it’s so important we complete the mission in Iraq successfully.