One senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private, said Lieberman spoke openly about the rejection he faced in 2006, when many Democrats supported his opponent during the Connecticut Senate race.
“He spoke earnestly of the pain he felt when he was rejected by the Democratic Party in his re-election and in turn, the rejection he felt from many in the caucus who campaigned against him after decades and decades of friendship,” the lawmaker said. “And that put him in a very different place approaching the 2008 election and John McCain was the only candidate for president who asked for his support.”
The senator added: “He apologized for crossing the line in a few instances.”
That’s really touching. If only they had recorded the secret proceedings, we could all witness the true spirit of harmony and forgiveness that will no doubt characterize our upcoming Congress. Sadly, all we have is the transcript:
Obama: Yeah, you’re cool to hide here. But first, me and him gotta straighten some shit out.
O: Why you been acting so messed up towards me?
L: Why you been acting so messed up towards me?
O: Well, you go first.
L: I don’t know. Maybe I felt a little threatened or something… ’cause your career is kind of just blossoming… and mine’s kind of winding down… or whatever.
O: And I felt like, “This guy’s really hurting me”… and it hurt.
L: And I felt like when you told me to “lieber-lick” my balls… that really hurt.
O: Maybe I was scared, man. You’re Joe Lieberman! Yeah, you’re Joe Lieberman.
You know what it’s like to be another senator in Lieberman’s shadow?
You want to hear something crazy? Your work… in the 2000 presidential campaign… made me want to be a President. I freakin’ worship you, man.
L: I’m sorry I was whack.
O: I was whack.
L: I was whack.
It remains to be seen if Lieberman will use his revived political capital to find out whether there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously jack-assed.