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Sunday, August 13, 2006


Kennedy: Cheney and Lieberman "Attack Democracy Itself"

No, Sen. Kennedy didn't call out Sen. Lieberman by name in his Courant column published today. But Cheney's comments this week (about Lamont's victory encouraging "Al Qaeda types") were for all intents and purposes the same as Lieberman's (about Lamont's policies being "taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England.") Read the whole thing:

The comments [the Vice President] made on the result of the Connecticut Democratic primary - that it might encourage "the al-Qaida types" who want to "break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task" - are an attack not just on Democrats, but on democracy itself.

What happened in Connecticut is in fact a model for democracies everywhere. The people of the state heard a vigorous debate between two competing visions of how to protect this country. Young citizens became deeply involved, and turnout was high. The primary reminded us of the miracle of our democracy, in which the nation is ruled by its people - not by any entrenched set of leaders. There are few better messages we could send the world in these troubled times....

Ned Lamont's victory in Connecticut scares Cheney for one simple reason: It demonstrates that a free and independent people can and do hold public officials accountable for their words and deeds.

If the terrorists are indeed paying any attention to the Connecticut primary results, they must be worried.

The people of Connecticut spoke out loud and clear in favor of change. Ned Lamont will stand strong for the people of Connecticut, and put tough and smart foreign policies ahead of the politics of fear and more "stay the course" failures. Republicans will stop at nothing to make sure that the November elections are not a referendum on their misguided policy in Iraq or on the way they have run our country for the past six years. Unfortunately, this time the facts are getting in their way.

I wonder what Sen. Kennedy thinks about Sen. Lieberman (Lieberman-CT) constantly invoking his brother's name and legacy to justify his continued support of Bush's failed policy in Iraq, and his continued undermining of the Democratic party, now from outside the party itself. And I also wonder if that played any part in this editorial appearing not in the Boston Globe, but in the Hartford Courant today.
Swiftboating of Ned Lamont Has Begun

Vets for Freedom Fight for Rove and Lieberman

by John Stauber

The Republican lobby group Vets for Freedom is the 2006 equivalent of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the Republican 527 committee whose attack advertisements in battleground states helped sink John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race by smearing him as a phony war hero and a traitor to his country.

Vets for Freedom (VFF) made lame claims to be “non-partisan” when in early 2006 it first appeared out of the blue online and in op-ed pieces in the New York Times and other major papers and in TV interviews. An investigation of the group by citizen journalists at SourceWatch and by the Buffalo News blew the VFF claim of non-partisanship out of the water. For instance, the Buffalo News revealed in June that former White House flack Taylor Gross, who left Scott McClellan’s office in 2005 to start his own PR firm, represented VFF and pitched them to papers as non-partisan journalists who would embed for these newspapers and report accurately and cheaply for them from Iraq. Now the camouflage has fallen completely off. Vets for Freedom has registered itself as a 527 committee and is going to run a full page advertisement in Connecticut’s Hartford Courant on behalf of Joe Lieberman’s renegade run for re-election to the US Senate as a ‘stay the course in Iraq’ candidate.

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