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Thursday, March 02, 2006
Thursday News Round-Up
- Ari Melber in The Forward hits the nail on the head in a commentary highlighting the non-ideological basis for taking on Lieberman:
The fallout between the Connecticut senator and the Democratic base illustrates a broader debate that has gripped the party since the most recent presidential election.
The debate has little to do with ideology. It is, first and foremost, about leadership.
Many activists believe that Lieberman's conciliatory approach undercuts the party's unity, consistency and confrontational posture, all of which are essential for an effective opposition party. They resent his style more than they resent his voting record, which is not very different from those of many popular Democrats....
If Democratic leaders listened to this insight, they would understand that many of their supporters yearn for confrontational leadership and unwavering allegiance to the party - reasonable requests that do not require major ideological shifts.
- The Yale Daily News prints a rebuttal piece to a very pro-Lamont column a few days ago, concluding:
If we push Senator Lieberman out of the party, we are exactly what we accuse Republicans of being: close-minded. The day we become that is the day we've lost our way, and our souls.
No one's pushing Joe out of the party. Giving Democratic voters the choice to accept or reject Lieberman for the first time in 36 years is called "democracy." Conversely, Joe seems to be the one pushing himself out of the party. As the previous link notes, this is not about ideological purity, it's about leadership.
- Amazing how the same story can inspire such diametrically opposed headlines: "Congressman in G.O.P. Endorses Lieberman" vs. "Lieberman won't accept endorsement from Shays."
- Howie Klein and Rickie Lee Jones lambaste Lieberman for his history of moral grandstanding and advocating censorship at Down With Tyranny. Seems like the music industry is solidly behind Ned Lamont... for better or for worse.
- Add George Will to the growing list of conservative Republicans who have been more critical of George Bush on Iraq than Joe Lieberman has.
- Was anyone at the DFA event last night in Groton?
Anyone planning on going to the Fourth Congressional District office opening in Norwalk tonight?(It has been postponed until Monday due to the snow.) Anything else Nedly going on? Use this as an open thread to comment.
(Image of Lieberman and Shays via this WTNH report last night.)