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August 30, 2006

Joe Lieberman Procures Sunset to Ride Off Into


I’m trying to avoid posting too often about the Connecticut Senate race, but sometimes Lieberman’s buffoonery (along with my interest in a state where I lived for a while) makes it impossible to resist. The Lieberman campaign has released a new ad that’s being ridiculed across the web (including some YouTube comments that were deleted).

The strangest thing about the ad, aside from its lack of content, is that it features a sunset — not be the best image for a politician who’s trying to convince people that he’s not in the twilight of his Senate career. When asked about the image, Dan Gerstein, Lieberman’s communications director, true to form, lies through his teeth:

In an interview, Gerstein took issue with the idea that the sun is setting. “It’s actually a sunrise,” Gerstein said. “It’s very much a sunrise.”

Judge for yourself. Here are two images, the first from 10 seconds into the ad, the second from 23 seconds:
Sun higher Sun lower
If the Lieberman campaign thinks the sun gets lower when it’s rising, it’s no wonder their campaign is in trouble.

For further confirmation that the image is a sunset, and far from Connecticut, commenter JeffW at MyDD discovered that the ad uses segments of two stock video clips from Getty Images. The first clip is described as “Wide shot sun setting over ocean / birds walking along water’s edge / Santa Barbara”, while the second is “Wide shot sun setting behind clouds with ocean in foreground / Santa Barbara, California”. So give it up, Dan — it’s a sunset.

Update (8:49 pm): Gerstein admits it’s a sunset.


  1. Joe’s got CONNECTIONS…
    He went back to the angel that assisted Joshua at de battle of de jericho, the one that got the sun to stop in the heavens, to get the sun to reverse its course for his ad…

    or some shit…

    konopelli/wgg2:33 pm

  2. Fine: let them have their sunrise. I in turn say “Red sky at dawn, voters be warned….”

    —Boojum • 4:40 pm

  3. Metro Section: Meet You at The Palm for That Power Lunch

    There is such a thing as Modern Drunkard Magazine , and the era of the Three Martini Lunch has not passed, it is alive and well along with every other D.C. cliche. [Metroblogging] Lieberman, like the Illusionist, able to…

    Wonkette6:29 pm

  4. Bojum: The Connecticut version of that saying is: “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” But I like your version too!

    —Rick Scott • 8:39 pm

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