You also need to know that I [Joe Lieberman] have never suggested that the President or anyone else – including me – should be immune from criticism. The best proof of that is I myself have challenged the President’s policies on many occasions.The first sentence is a downright lie ("It’s time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be the commander in chief for three more critical years and that in matters of war we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril."). But, since he apparently challenges the President's policies, you'd think he would be the first in line to bring some oversight. So, Lieberman, in an effort to make sure everybody knew what a huge critic he's been, decided to miss key votes, saying they were "typical party-line procedural votes". So what were these "procedural" votes on?
The votes on Democratic amendments had to do with artificially influencing the Iraqi news media, and requiring the Bush administration to report on the possibility of a civil war in Iraq. [Courant]If Lieberman really wanted to send a message the president that he was for oversight, he'd have made sure he was there, supporting his "fellow Democrats".
Iraq. Joe2006.com. 9/11/06.
Jon Kantrowitz. Lieberman Says His Skipped Iraq Votes Just “Procedural” and Do Not Matter. My Left Nutmeg. 9/11/06
Associated Press. Candidates spar over Senate votes. Hartford Courant. 9/11/06.