By Gregory B. Hladky
4:53 PM EST, November 5, 2012
You may hate Joe Lieberman's politics. Lord knows a hell of a lot of Connecticut voters have gotten tired those over the years.
But Joe's always had a nice sense of humor. (That appearence on stage at the Republican National Convention back in 2008 was pretty funny, wasn't it?)
As he comes to the close of his 24-year U.S. Senate career, Lieberman seems to have plenty of time to do fun stuff like this interview with the New York Times Magazine.
His jokey demeanor in that article reminds me of a story he told way back in the 1980s after he'd lost as the Democratic candidate in a 3rd Congressional District race.
The guy who beat him was Larry DeNardis, later president of the University of New Haven.
After the election was over, the New Haven Register asked both Lieberman and DeNardis what big lesson they had to pass on from all that campaigning.
DeNardis gave a very scholarly, sober response about democracy, etc. etc.
But Lieberman had some strange but practical advice. He said he'd tell a candidate that, whenever they were worn out from a long, hard campaign day and still had more events but no fresh socks, they should switch socks on their feet.
Putting the right sock on the left foot and the left sock on the right foot actually makes a big difference, Lieberman insisted. Apparently he found it quite refreshing.
Now if only Joe had brought that kind of logic to his years in the Senate. Or maybe he did.
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