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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

A Blow for Truth, Justice and the American Way

Last night was a historic one, as Joe "Vichy" Lieberman can kiss his Senate seat goodbye. Instead of making googly eyes at BusHitler and writing him mash notes from the Senate floor, Ole Joe can spend his days pondering what makes the Democratic Party different from, and better than, the Rethuglicans -- things like not having been hijacked by extremists in the Party, like the ironically named Religious Right, and being beholden to ideological dogma from which one dare not stray, like tax cuts for the wealthiest .00001%. Because that type of approach will never let the Democrats retake control of the Congress in November. In fact, maybe he can join the Republicans, since he so obviously wants to be one of them, and maybe he can even run as their Vice Presidential candidate, so we can all vote against him, not just lucky Connecticut Democrats.


Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

Gosh, Peter. Who knew you were such a fan of a guy with lefty interest group ratings of 70+? Not I!

Incidentally, though (and here I may be making the mistake of attributing sincerity to what you write), I do not think you can pigeonhole Lamont's supporters as "extremists in the Party, like the ironically named Religious Right." At least some of us are just fed up with apologists for the worst. president. ever. (to analogize to your own characterization of Jimmy Carter's ex-presidency).

Over the last several years, Lieberman has done an increasingly terrible job of representing his constituents' beliefs on national policy and politics. On top of that, he has arrogantly acted as if there was something wrong with their being angry with him for that reason. As one former supporter of his said in the NYT the other day, he has treated his Senate seat like a "baronial fiefdom". His blind rhetorical and other support for Bush may have provided the conditions for someone to consider a challenge conceivable, but he has only his own arrogance and horrendous campaign to blame for turning Ned Lamont's challenge into a successful one.

Along with Cynthia McKinney's erstwhile supporters in the Georgia 4th, Connecticut's Democratic voters did a very nifty job of housecleaning last night.

8/09/2006 2:55 PM  
Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

by the way, Peter: would you mind explaining what you mean by "Truth", "Justice" and "the American Way" in this context?

8/09/2006 2:56 PM  

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