What does Joe Lieberman find appalling? Blow jobs? Hell yeah. Torture at Abu Ghraib? Not so much. Digby (at Hullabaloo) writes:
On marital infidelity, Joe Lieberman, moral conscience of the Democratic party, is uncompromising. On torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners he sees shades of gray. From where I sit, Joe Lieberman's failure to publicly and resolutely condemn this torture regime, (much less vote to reward those who instigated it) puts the lie to his claim to moral superiority and personal integrity. A man who cannot see unequivocally that torture is wrong cannot be a moral leader. I resent the fact that he seems to believe that he's entitled to the benefits of that reputation when he has proven he is actually little more than a puritanical sexual scold --- on the big moral question of the day he has fallen very, very short.
Lieberman was quick to leap to Rumsfeld's defense when the Abu Ghraib torture photos appeared, and accused Democrats of trying to "politicize" the situation by calling for a Congressional investigation. It all played rather well on Fox News.
Ed.: Sorry, Joe, your 15 minutes are up!