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Will the Lieberman backlash begin before he even takes office?

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From the Ha'aretz article "World takes dim view of Lieberman in FM post":

"The 'Lieberman question' continually arises in State Department briefings for journalists and in other forums. And opinion columns in the American press have presented Lieberman in an extremely negative light, with comparisons to Austria's Joerg Haider and even Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, (both use "ultranationalist rhetoric of hate," one paper charged).

"No American official is likely to convene a press conference publicly condemning Lieberman's appointment. However, such a choice will almost certainly encourage the U.S. administration to keep its distance from Benjamin Netanyahu's government, as Washington will not want to take the flak absorbed by demonstrating closeness to a government whose public face is widely considered to be a racist."

Personally, I can't get enough of that Lieberman photo. We might have to hold the first Mondoweiss caption contest. It reminds me of one of my favorite Kids in the Hall sketches.  
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