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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Requisite Lieberman post.

What people often forget about Joe Lieberman is that he was never a "moderate" Democrat; he was, from day one, a conservative. I mean, look at 1988, when he was first elected; he ran against Lowell Weicker, a liberal Republican. I was in high school in Connecticut at the time, and a classmate's father was actually reprimanded by the Republican party because he raised money for Lieberman! That alone should tell you something.

In short, I've never really liked Joe, at least as a Senator. I supported him for Veep, of course, if just for the home-team aspect. But to call him a "moderate" Democrat really misses the point. He's always been a conservative, it's just that the political center of gravity has veered right of him in the past eighteen years. In my view, just about every Democrat on the national scene is really a moderate, not a liberal, with the possible exception of Russ Feingold. I mean, come on, is there anyone out there preaching socialism? Give me a break.

In any case, when Lamont wins, let's not forget who did the voting. The Democrats of Connecticut (including my father) have a right to choose their nominee. Let's see if any of the right-wing pundits actually say that as their beloved Joe goes down. The people are only correct when they vote with the right, after all...

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