Wednesday, August 09, 2006

So, Lieberman lost (did you hear?)

There are so many reasons to dislike Joe Lieberman. His support for the war in Iraq isn't sufficient to call him a "DINO." He represents to me the "soccer mom" wing of the Democratic Party - his campaign against violence in media of all kinds particularly rubs me the wrong way, and I'm honestly glad to see him go just speaking as a self-professed geek, independent of politics.

But more to the point, he has not just supported the war, he has made the claim that any and all dissent from the president during wartime is inappropriate, and THAT is why he lost his nomination - and that is why he deserved to. He was never really fighting for re-election, anyway. He's wanted to be Don Rumsfeld's replacement for a long time now, and I wouldn't be surprised if Rumsfeld "resigned" (and given a presidential medal of freedom, which is how Bush punishes rank incompetence) and Lieberman took his place.

This is a good thing for the Democrats - they need to run true blue Democrats in blue states. The Republicans run serious red Republicans in red states; they only run "moderates" in blue states, like Arlen Spectre in Pennsylvania. They only compromise when they have to, and the Democrats should do the same. That's the only way the US might join the rest of the western world in terms of social progress.

4 Comments:

At 8/09/2006 3:25 AM, Blogger Red Tory said...

Let's all dance on Holy Joe's grave. This is a very good day for Dems.

 
At 8/09/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

From a strategic point of view this may have been a mistake. Lieberman has said that he would run as an independant and according to the polls he will win. Now the Dems will have to win one seat extra to get into that Speakers chair which allows the majority to control the agenda. If I were and Conneticut Democrat I would have held my nose and voted Lieberman. Dethrowning the Republican Party should be a priority for the Democrats

 
At 8/09/2006 7:06 PM, Blogger Darren McEwen said...

I heard a funny exchange on CNN with the host and reporter Candy Crowley.

I think it was Larry King that asked "Who is Ed Labonte?"

Crowley said something like "that's what a lot of people were asking themselves when they voted for him today."

Talk about a protest vote! :) As much as I agree with Kyle about booting the Republicans I just can't understand Lieberman. He most feel so lost. Kiss from the devil and now without a party.

 
At 8/10/2006 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad, Lieberman looks pathetic - he just doesn't get it. He's a "career" politician. I heard in interviews that it isn't just Iraq. He's pretty much ingnored his constuents and hasn't been listening to them because he's so wrapped up in Washington crowd.

 

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