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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Iraq Vote Fallout
A roundup of the reaction to yesterday's scene of Lieberman opening the debate for Republicans to help kill the two Democratic amendments on Iraq:
- First, here's the video of Sen. Warner introducing Lieberman as well as his full speech last night via Clipshack (thanks again to Spazeboy):
- John Nichols at The Nation comments on what Sen. Lamont would do on Iraq:
So who were the "winners" in Thursday's votes? The Bush administration may have gotten a boost from Lieberman, but so too will Ned Lamont, the businessman who is mounting an increasingly powerful anti-war challenge to the senator in Connecticut's August 8 Democratic primary. Before the Senate votes this week, Lamont urged Lieberman to break with the administration, saying that it was time to "build a Democratic coalition to establish and stick to a plan to end the war."
- Chris Cillizza at the WaPo takes note of Lieberman's Democratic colleagues shunning him:
As the Courant's David Lightman writes, not one Democratic colleague was in the chamber for Lieberman's speech. He was introduced by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), the chairman of the Armed Services Committee; Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) -- perhaps the top target of Democrats in this year's elections -- praised Lieberman's remarks as "incredibly articulate."
It's telling that not a single Democrat stood by Lieberman, especially since his colleagues have largely lined up behind him in recent weeks.
- Finally, notice the damage Lieberman is doing to the preferred Iraq strategy of Paul Begala - a Lieberman backer - as he articulates it at TPMCafe:
Every time the GOP says “cut and run,” Democrats should say, “rubber stamp.” Every time they say we’re weak, we should say real strength is standing up to your president and your party when American lives are on the line.
Tough to do when one of your own party members is the leading speaker for the "rubber stamp" side.
Astonishing that one of the most Democratic and liberal states in the Union has the most blatant, unrepentant Neocon as a Senator.Post a Comment