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The Dems roll up their last moderate
Townhall ^ | 8/11/06 | Ross Mackenzie

Posted on 08/11/2006 4:41:59 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher

In the Stalin era, Communist Party members perceived as impure — deviationists — were variously read out of the party, decreed forgotten by diktat, rubbed out of photographs, sentenced to forever in the gulag, or shot. These days, ideological purists in the Democratic Party are flattened by the big ol’ leftie steamroller.

That’s what happened Tuesday to Joe Lieberman — the Connecticut Democratic senator who was Al Gore’s vice-presidential running mate six years ago.

Lieberman’s defeat in the Democratic primary is viewed broadly as indicative of how President Bush and the Long War on Terror will play in the congressional elections this fall. Maybe. More likely, it marks the leftist roll-up of moderation in the party’s ranks.

Lieberman is for all intents the party’s last nationally known moderate — and if not the last, then certainly its most visible and symbolic one. His sins — his principal deviations — are: (1) his support generally for President Bush’s policies abroad; and (2) his support for the successful prosecution of the Long War on Terror. Lieberman subscribes to the dominant view of Democrats in the 20th century that hyperpartisanship properly ends at the water’s edge.

Lieberman has said:

— On terror: “I want to get our troops home (from Iraq) as fast as anyone, probably more than most, and as I have repeatedly said, I am not for an open-ended commitment. But if we simply give up and pull out now, like my opponent wants to do, then it would be a disaster for Iraqis and for us.”

— On a Wall Street Journal op-ed he wrote last November, much criticized in leftist circles: “I wasn’t thinking as a Democrat. I was thinking as an American senator who went to Iraq and saw some progress and wanted to report it to the American people because I feel so deeply that the way this ends will have serious consequences for the future of this country.”

Such views now, as with his 1998 Senate speech blasting Bill Clinton for licentious sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, are deemed unforgivable by the high priests behind the curtain in the leftist confession booth. And so — by presumed bipartisans — was the public peck he received from the president following the 2005 State of the Union address.

Gore and John Kerry refused to endorse Lieberman in the primary. Hillary Clinton backed him but said should he lose, she would not back him in precisely the independent run he announced immediately following his primary defeat. That is the same sniveling position taken by Virginia’s Gov. Tim Kaine (giver of this year’s State of the Union response — remember?) in an election-eve conversation with reporters.

Proclaiming himself “a big Lieberman friend and supporter,” Kaine said: “Politics is kind of a team sport. It would be divisive to the party for him to run as an independent” — and urged him “not to.” Thereby, Kaine (and Hillary Clinton) aligned with the loyalists on Team Democrat trying to put someone else in Lieberman’s Senate seat. Some would call that sort of loyalty “betrayal.”

Many national Democrats have refused to accept the presidency of George Bush as real. They despise the guy and seek to thwart him at every turn — on tax cuts, Social Security reform, judicial appointments, energy independence and — most of all — the war against jihadist terror. As happens in so many revolutions, the revolution for the Democratic soul has begun to eat its own, such as Joe Lieberman.

But is it really revolution? Or is it reaction — re-purification, re-McGovernization, a reaching back to the post-’60s hippiedom finally ended (despite his other manifold faults) by Bill Clinton? Joe Lieberman has spoken eloquently and often about the dangers facing a Democratic Party too far left. Now his predictions have come true in his own primary defeat.

The Republicans have their own splits — big ones. Yet a party tends to win to the extent it can combine its factions come election time. In purging the Liebermans, the Democrats are saying they would rather go without their moderate faction than combine with it.

Deviationists from party dogma, dissenters from the Pelosi-Reid-Dean-Kerry-Gore-(Hillary) Clinton dialectic, need not apply.

And perhaps the most troubling aspect of all? With the defeat of Joe Lieberman, the Democratic Party — thus purified — spurns the banner of moral seriousness. Oh, yes, and the war on terror? An increasingly isolationist party spurns that too, preferring to pull the plug rather than to see it through

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 06election; algore; dems; joelieberman; johnkerry; lamont; mackenzie; rs; wot
Our side is struggling with being morally clear on what we're facing, and the other side isn't even approaching moral seriousness...
1 posted on 08/11/2006 4:42:01 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher
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To: Molly Pitcher
My article on the same subject, posted on FR two days ago, and on ChronWatch this morning, starts with the same analysis but goes further. The rejection of Lieberman, defective though he certainly is, means much more than just trouble for the Democrat Party in 2006 and 2008.

It means the death of the Democrat Party, in the same way and for the same basic reason that other political parties have died, throughout American history. Click below. See if you agree.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article: "The Democrat Party - 1828 - 2006 - R.I.P."

Please see my most recent new statement on running for Congress, here.

2 posted on 08/11/2006 4:51:52 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Have a look-see. Please get involved.)
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To: Molly Pitcher

I do have a problem with Lieberman being labeled a "moderate".

Pro-partial-birth-abortion. Anti-tax-cuts. Readily adopted all of running-mate Al Gore's leftiest platform policies. And a longtime avatar of the socialist Third Way movement in the U.S.

Lieberman's singular, solitary hat-tip to moderation was his support of the War on Terror.

He's no moderate. He's a socialist with a lonely kernel of good sense.

Much like Tony Blair, who is VP of Socialist International. I value both for their steadfastness against our global enemy, but let's be real about what they are.

3 posted on 08/11/2006 4:53:19 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: Congressman Billybob
Comrade! The People's party, is without error! Enemies must be purged!

4 posted on 08/11/2006 5:14:58 AM PDT by Leisler (Islam is the ROP. I know because the President told me so.)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

I would call Lieberman a left winger. The rest of the party are shrieking psycho moonbats who need to get rid of lefties like Lieberman so they can claim "progressive" for themselves.

5 posted on 08/11/2006 5:15:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: cripplecreek
Whether Lieberman is labeled a moderate or a liberal is secondary to the larger story here. His views once represented a sizeable chunk of the Dem Party. Over the years, he had become an outlier. And now, the rightmost fringe of the party has moved completely past Lieberman's views on national security and shows no sign of abating its leftward movement.

And that is gonna kill the Dems over the next two elections - because national security has been the GOP's strongest political position.

6 posted on 08/11/2006 5:20:46 AM PDT by dirtboy (Why does Israel take border security seriously but we do not, when Islamists wish us both harm?)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
It is good for us, no matter what.

The split between working class Democrats and wealthy elitist.

If old Joe wins the general election, he's going to remember and going to know he doesn't need the Democrat lefties. They're out. Ditto the state Democrat party hacks.

Who are Hitlery and Teddy jr( Chrissy Dodd ) going to support? Ha,ha,ha. Oh! the squirming.

A lot of this Democrat poising is going to be replayed nationwide. Only then will the party be pure! The commies turn on their own!
7 posted on 08/11/2006 5:22:43 AM PDT by Leisler (Islam is the ROP. I know because the President told me so.)
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To: Leisler

What a marvelous kick in the crotch of the dispicable Dem bigwigs it would be if 'Ol Joe won in November.


8 posted on 08/11/2006 5:34:31 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Molly Pitcher

You are ABSOLUTELY correct!When I was 18-years old,I would have voted for H.H.Humphrey.He was considered LIBERAL!!!!!!!

9 posted on 08/11/2006 5:36:33 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Congressman Billybob


10 posted on 08/11/2006 5:40:12 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

I moderate is Lieberman...

11 posted on 08/11/2006 5:40:43 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: bandleader
Well, I never, EVER voted for a Dem, and you and I must be near the same age....but I can say this: that party has come a long way since FDR, Harry Truman, even Humphrey...

Somewhere on the streets of Chicago, the summer of '68...& with the imbibing of Cronkite's defeatit cocktail...that party changed, and it's not been a positive experience either for the Dems or the rest of us.

12 posted on 08/11/2006 5:44:55 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: Molly Pitcher

I was born on VE-Day(1950).I was raised in a Roosevelt/Dem.household.Republicans were considered to be "strange creatures"!I had to wait until I was 22 to vote.I made the right move(Nixon).I have ALWAYS been conservative,I just didn't realize it!!The DemonRats EXPOSED me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13 posted on 08/11/2006 5:51:50 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Leisler

before the days of Photoshop:

"The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs &
Art in the Soviet Union"
by David King

14 posted on 08/11/2006 5:53:02 AM PDT by VOA
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To: bandleader

By the way,I will NEVER forget when my father took us to New Jersey(where he grew up)and we stayed for a week at"The Molly Pitcher Hotel"(Red Bank).

15 posted on 08/11/2006 5:54:07 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

I agree with you 100%. He couldn't get bounced out of Washington on his @ss soon enough for me.

16 posted on 08/11/2006 6:10:31 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Molly Pitcher
One of the last moderates is Ben Nelson.

17 posted on 08/11/2006 7:40:39 AM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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