When Joe Lieberman had a challenger for his Senate seat, I thought at the time it was going to be no big deal. Lieberman was ahead by 40 gazillion points, and who in the world knew who Ned Lamont was. Well, after getting slimed by the left wing blogs, and having his record lied about, and Lamont winning the race, Joe Lieberman finds himself in the fight of his life, and I, for one, will be right there to back him 100%
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. Anyone who doesn’t think Lieberman is a soild Democrat, is just fooling himself. According to the Almanac of American politics, Lieberman has a solid, if not spectactular liberal rating record of 82% That is higher than Evan Bayh, Ben Nelson, Joe Biden, Mary Landrieu, and others, so that stale arguement of Lieberman being a Republican has been blown right out the window.
Yes, Lieberman voted for the war, but so did 24 other Democrats, including the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 himself, John Kerry. The only thing Lieberman hasn’t done, is gone back on his word like every other Democrat. He hasn’t flipped-flopped on this issue, because he firmly believes that going into Iraq was the right thing to do.
And for all his loyalty to the party, he has been slimed beyond the pale from people like David Sirota, Russ Feingold, Howard Dean, (Who’s brother is one of Lamont’s supporters), Jane Hamsher, (who disgustingly painted Lieberman in blackface, and to this day, has not apologized for it), Markos Moulitsos, Chris Bowers, Arianna Huffington, and others, simply for supporting the war.
For all the talk about how Democrats are the “big tent” party, it, sadly, is not!!! They claim to preach tolerence for dissent, but talk a different game. Joe Lieberman was Al Gore’s running mate in the 2004 election, and two short years later, they are ready to roast him on a spit, and drive him out of the party. No wonder Lieberman is running towards the Republicans. The Democrats elites have made it quite clear, they have no love for a perceived “turncoat”. But I argue that liberals drove Lieberman out of the party, not the other way around.
Joe Lieberman is a solid moderate Democrat, just like I am. Their malicious attitiude, and attacks towards him, and others who don’t subscribe to the liberal way of thinking, simply amazes me. If the Democrats are truly the party of FDR, Truman, Kennedy and Clinton, they should embrace differing views. But sadly, the Democrats are acting like Republicans. No wonder America is fed up, and doesn’t vote like it should. George Bush is the enemy, not Joe Lieberman, and the sooner the Democrats realize that, the better off they will be.