Disclosure: I worked for the Lamont campaign doing web design and production and some writing for the official blog (from 9/5/06 to 11/07/06).

Thursday, July 27, 2006


The Elephant In The Room

The official blog and My Left Nutmeg both raise excellent points. Joe Lieberman does not mention the word "Iraq" on his campaign website. His campaign apparently doesn't make him available for interviews if "foreign policy" is going to be discussed at all.

Meanwhile, Iraq is by far the #1 issue on the minds of Democratic voters nationwide. It directly pertains to Sen. Lieberman's future judgment on problems such as Iran. It has destabilized the entire region. And according to a new New York Times poll, Americans from both parties overwhelmingly agree with Ned Lamont on Iraq:

Do you think the United States should or shouldn't set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq?

Should: 56 Should not: 40

Do you think it is worth the loss of life and other costs for the United States to remain in Iraq until there's a stable democracy there, or is it not worth the loss of life and other costs, or are you unsure?

Worth it: 25, Not worth it: 42, Unsure: 32

How do you think the war with Iraq is affecting the United States' image in the world? Is the war making the U.S. image in the world better, making it worse, or is the war having no effect on the U.S. image in the world?

Better: 10, Worse: 72, No effect: 12

Do you think the U.S. presence in Iraq is leading to greater stability in the Middle East, less stability, or won't it have any effect on the stability of the Middle East?

Greater: 25, Less: 41, No effect: 25

If the U.S. stays in Iraq for several more years, do you think that will eventuallly make the United States more safe from terrorism, less safe, or won't it make any difference?

More safe: 27, Less safe: 21, No effect: 50

Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decisions about the war in Iraq?

Republican: 36, Democrat: 42

It's not accceptable for Sen. Lieberman to cry "principle" and let slip the dogs of diversion. It's not acceptable for Sen. Lieberman to say "no comment" to the prospect of six more long years of advocating a destructive neoconservative foreign policy.

Let's talk about what Bill Clinton himself called "the elephant in the room."
From a commenter on my site: "What Clinton actually called it was the “pink elephant in the room.” Any idea what that was about?"

Any thoughts?
No idea. Mixed idioms?
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