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Saturday, June 17, 2006

 

A Contest of Ideas

mcjoan makes an excellent point about Joe Lieberman's sudden fondness for the days of party bosses and machine politics:

What Lieberman is conveniently forgetting in this story is that for old-time party bosses, party discipline was job one. Chances are his hero Bailey, that anti-primary Democrat, would have pulled Lieberman from the ticket for his ongoing betrayal of the Democratic Party, his undying support for Bush and the Iraq War, and his trashing of Democrats who disagree with him.

Lieberman says he wishes to celebrate diversity of opinion, as do we all. But somehow Lieberman's idea of diversity of opinion relates only to him disagreeing with other Democrats in the Senate. That diversity of opinion, he seems to say, should be celebrated but not challenged.

Well, Joe, you can't have it both ways. You can't have a contest of ideas without the actual contest. And you can't dodge your accountability to the Democratic voters of Connecticut. You want to celebrate diversity of opinion within the party? There's no better way to do it than in a good old-fashioned primary race.

What she said.
Comments:
In the NH Register
Ken Dautrich, professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut, says "Lieberman is scared. Candidates generally do not use negative advertising unless it is getting close to the election and they are behind or they are afraid that without using it, they can’t succeed."

Swan and Smith will be on Fox 61's Beyond the Headlines on Sunday (their link to video does not work).
 
Speaking of the days of political machines and party bosses, back in the day, Ned Lamont would have been a Republican.

Back then, millionaire businessmen graduates of Phillips Exeter Academy who were socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and isolationist on foreign policy were your typical Republicans.

Now, Ned Lamont (who is all of these) is a Democrat.

Meanwhile Joe Lieberman is the kind of Democrat we had in the days of Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy.

Joe is the first kid in his family to attend college. He is socially moderate, liberal on economic issues, and favors a strong pro-American foreign policy.

Despite Lieberman's label of himself as a "New Democrat," Ned Lamont is the real new Democrat in this race, and Lieberman represents the old party.

Lieberman represents the succesful formula Democrats have used in Connecticut for almost a century. Lamont supporters should read their history books.
 
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