August 9, 2006

stuck in the middle with you

I was surprised when I got in the car today and heard on NPR that Connecticut's Sen. Joe
Lieberman lost his state's democratic primary to political newcomer Ned Lamont.
I've always respected Lieberman in much the same way that I respect Arizona's Sen John McCain. They're both party politicians that aren't afraid to go against their party and vote with their conscience in the way they feel is best for America. Politicians like Lieberman and McCain are a necessity in a time then the Republican Party is pulling hard to the right and the Democratic Party is tugging equally hard to the left. For self-proclaimed moderates like me, people like Lieberman and McCain are the kind I want to see in office. While I don't agree with either of them on everything, I know that they will both say what they feel, instead of simply towing the party line like so many other politicians.
Lamont defeated Lieberman by focusing his campaign almost solely on the war in Iraq. Lieberman has angered many on the left through his unflinching support of the President's position on Iraq. By mobilizing that disenfranchized base of Democratic voters, Lamont was able to seal his primary victory. This raises a big question. Is the Democratic path to victory to move farther to the left? Or is this only a strategy that will work in liberal northeastern states and in Democratic primaries?
Exit polls show that Lamont won the vote by about 4 percent, about 52 percent to 48 percent. Lieberman has vowed to run as an independent in November, whether the Democratic Party wants his to or not. With 48 percent of the people voting in the Democratic primary supporting him, Lieberman could probably win as independent, considering the low turnout in primaries and the number of unaffiliated voters that would support a moderate candidate. Who knows, Connecticut Republicans might even throw themselves behind Lieberman's independent campaign, because his victory is probably more likely than a Republican victory in the state.
Take into mind that all of this comes from a person with only a novice's understanding of the situation. These are just some thoughts I had as I was driving to work.

No More Smiles - Smoking Popes

What can I say? I'm excited about their reunion and the possiblity of seeing them at the Highdive in September.

Posted by dpetrella at August 9, 2006 9:54 AM | TrackBack

there was a di editorial about how lieberman, obama, mccain, and guilliani would have a legitimate shot at forming their own moderate party and winning. Maybe this'll be the first step...

also think its interesting that while mccain is considered a friend of the daily show, the colbert report made fun of lieberman. i'm sure its partly due to him turning down an interview offer, but also interesting that the libral shows seem to have more respect for a left leaning republican than a right leaning democrat. guess it's easier to respect the guy on the other side who leans toward you than the guy on your side leaning against you.

ps. you're not helping your post count on boardix by posting good discussion topics in your blog...

Posted by: mallio at August 9, 2006 9:49 PM

I post in my blog cause I wanna. My post ranking on boardix doesn't really matter to me.

Posted by: Dan at August 10, 2006 9:29 AM
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