“The Kiss of Death”

A few days ago, we posted a picture of a campaign pin.

It showed Joe Lieberman and George Bush in an embrace under the words, “The Kiss.”

We thought it was interesting. That’s all.

But apparently we understated things.

Here’s the lede from a story British readers woke up to in today’s Independent:

In today’s intense Democratic politics in Connecticut, “The Kiss” does not refer to great works of art. Speak of “The Kiss” and you conjure up an embrace immediately after the President’s State of the Union address in January 2005. The embrace was between George Bush and the state’s junior senator, Joe Lieberman. A better name for it would be the kiss of Judas – or the kiss of death.

Who knew?

— Josh Benson “The Kiss of Death”