- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2000

Tonight the vice presidential nominees of the two major parties Joe Lieberman, the Democratic senator from Connecticut, and Dick Cheney, the former Republican representative from Wyoming who had previously been secretary of defense during the Gulf War will meet in Danville, Ky., for their only debate during the presidential campaign.
In truth, this could just as well have been billed as a debate between Mr. Lieberman's old and new selves, pre- and post-nomination. Mr. Lieberman, who once exuded moral authority for his principled opposition to affirmative action and his principled attacks on Hollywood for its cultural pollution, has flip-flopped nearly as much in three months as Al Gore has in three decades.
Mr. Lieberman's metamorphosis has not been a pretty sight. First, he announced that earlier in the year he had reversed his much-publicized position favoring the partial privatization of Social Security, though he somehow never made his change of heart public until Mr. Gore selected him. Mr. Lieberman then deep-sixed his opposition to affirmative action at the convention, where he knelt and kissed the ring, figuratively speaking, of Rep. Maxine Waters. About the same time, his support for school vouchers went out the window as he joined Mr. Gore in the schoolhouse door, blocking the exit of millions of disadvantaged students forced to endure the big cities' failed school systems.
Perhaps Mr. Lieberman's most disgraceful flip-flop was his obsequious appearance at a Hollywood fund-raiser in September. Last year, Mr. Lieberman declared, "If they continue to market death and degradation to our children and pay no heed to the carnage, then one way or another, the government will act." At the Hollywood fund-raiser, within days of a Federal Trade Commission report that confirmed Hollywood had indeed been marketing its death and degradation to children, Mr. Lieberman told the perpetrators, who had just contributed $4.2 million to the Democratic Party, "Al and I have tremendous regard for this industry," adding, "I promise you this: We will never, never put the government in the position of telling you by law, through law, what to make. We will noodge you, but we will never become censors."
If Mr. Cheney has done his homework, he will have a golden opportunity tonight to shine a light on the gaping tear that has developed in Mr. Lieberman's vaunted moral fabric.

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