Quietly holding candles, hundreds of clergymen, congregants and reform advocates lined the sidewalks outside Independent U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman's Stamford home Sunday night in a show of support for universal health care.
"When we heard not only would he vote against it, but he'd use his power, his position as a swing vote ... to block it from coming to a vote, we had to send a message so he knows people who vote overwhelmingly favor the public option," said Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford.Gosh, it's almost like the people in Joe F'ckin Lieberman's hometown are trying to tell him something.
The vigil began at Stamford High School, Lieberman's alma mater, and ended at the senator's home, the Hayes House, across the street.
"In some sense, it's poetic," said Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, who attended the vigil. "The place where Sen. Joseph Lieberman received his high school education, the place he visited upon his announcement to seek the vice presidency, a place where his run for the presidency began -- and it just so happens, a place across the street from where he lives."Even the Unis and the Mayor were there, for crying out loud.
The crowd -- and a dozen of Lieberman's neighbors from their balconies -- listened quietly as rabbis, ministers, priests and imams spoke from the sidewalk pulpit, "praying for the senator to change his heart and his mind," explained the Rev. Tommie Jackson, of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Stamford.
Cheers and applause erupted only once during the solemn proceedings, when the Rev. Joshua Pawelek, of the Unitarian Universalist Society, cried out, "Health care is a fundamental human right."
It's nice to know that the one thing that can bring together men and women of such widely differing faiths and beliefs is the knowledge that Joe F'ckin Lieberman is being a total douchebag, and that somebody needs to tell him to stop it.