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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

 

Sen. Inouye (D-HI) Withdraws Support for Lieberman Bid

Sen. Inouye, who was one of the only senators to have come out in support of Lieberman's fifth-party run, is now the first such senator (and as far as I know the first such politician) to withdraw his endorsement of the Connecticut for Lieberman candidacy, according to the Honolulu Advertiser (hat tip ehananoki at dKos.)

And his reasons for doing so?

Inouye initially said that he'd support Lieberman as an independent because he was concerned about the single-issue focus on the war in Iraq that turned primary voters against Lieberman, who is strongly aligned with President Bush on the war.

But Hawai'i's senior senator said he was disappointed when Lieberman made a speech "very critical of the Democratic Party."

"I told some of my friends after he gave his speech saying the party isn't the party he knew that he doesn't get my support," Inouye said in an interview.


From comments here, it seems like this was at least partly due to pressure from local Democrats on Inouye.

Who will be the next to jump Joe's sinking ship?

Update: Bob Geiger has more at HuffPo:

My guess was that the middle finger Joe Lieberman gave Democratic voters in Connecticut after they selected Ned Lamont as their Senate nominee on August 8 and Joe's ill-advised independent bid for the Senate would run its course and begin to unravel by the end of September.

It looks like it's starting a month early.

Comments:
Here are the other Dems in the so-called group of 14.

Democrats

* Joe Lieberman, Connecticut
* Robert Byrd, West Virginia
* Ben Nelson, Nebraska
* Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
* Daniel Inouye, Hawaii
* Mark Pryor, Arkansas
* Ken Salazar, Colorado
 
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Who has the instant response team to deal with this revolting McCarthyism from Rumsfeld? And why do we let the AP get away with running Rumsfeld’s slime with no context or “balance” from any opposing view?

Here's the link to the AP dispatch picked up by NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Rumsfeld.html

Here’s what the AP said less than two hours ago:

Rumsfeld Lashes Out at Bush’s Critics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: August 29, 2006
Filed at 12:25 p.m. ET

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP)—Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday accused critics of the Bush administration’s Iraq and counterterrorism policies of trying to appease ‘’a new type of fascism.’’

In unusually explicit terms, Rumsfeld portrayed the administration’s critics as suffering from ‘’moral or intellectual confusion’’ about what threatens the nation’s security and accused them of lacking the courage to fight back.

In remarks to several thousand veterans at the American Legion’s national convention, Rumsfeld recited what he called the lessons of history, including the failed efforts to appease the Adolf Hitler regime in the 1930s.

‘’I recount this history because once again we face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism,’’ he said.

Rumsfeld spoke to the American Legion as part of a coordinated White House strategy, in advance of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to take the offensive against administration critics at a time of doubt about the future of Iraq and growing calls to withdraw U.S. troops.

Rumsfeld recalled a string of recent terrorist attacks, from 9/11 to bombings in Bali, London and Madrid, and said it should be obvious to anyone that terrorists must be confronted, not appeased.

‘’But some seem not to have learned history’s lessons,’’ he said, adding that part of the problem is that the American news media have tended to emphasize the negative rather than the positive.

He said, for example, that more media attention was given to U.S. soldiers’ abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib than to the fact that Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith received the Medal of Honor.

‘’Can we truly afford to believe somehow, some way, vicious extremists can be appeased?’’ he asked.

‘’Those who know the truth need to speak out against these kinds of myths and lies and distortions being told about our troops and about our country,’’ he added.

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