Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Happy Day for the GOP

August 8, 2006: It was a dark day in America. It was a bright day in America.

The dark descended over Connecticut when the Democratic Party rejected their three term senator and 2000 vice-presidential nominee in favor of a nobody whose only qualification was his opposition to the war in Iraq. Democrat incumbent Joe Lieberman, a staunch liberal, lost to challenger Ned Lamont a “light-weight dilettante” because Joe voted for the invasion of Iraq and had the guts to stand by his convictions.

While Democrats like John Kerry – he served in Vietnam, you know – have retracted their support for the war in the middle of hostilities – just like he did during the Vietnam War – Lieberman has been among the few Democrats who want the US to finish the job. It didn’t help Joe’s campaign that the Israel-Hezbollah war started up contributing to anti-Semitic feelings among the left wing Democrats who opposed him.

The sad thing is that one of the two major parties in US politics has now declared its absolute objection to our war effort and its intention to give up in Iraq.

Lamont's victory represents the end of the long tradition of strong-on-national-defense Democratic leaders in the mold of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy. After Democrat Senator Zell Miller left the party that he believed no longer represented America in 2004, Lieberman was the only one left. Now you can be a lifelong liberal who voted against all the Bush tax cuts, who is for the Kyoto accords, same-sex marriage and partial-birth abortion, but against Judge Alito, and still be purged from the party because of your patriotism.

Ann Coulter wrote, "I suppose we'll have to wait yet another election cycle for all those Scoop Jackson Democrats to come roaring back in and give us a Democratic Party that does not consistently root against America. Democrats don't oppose the war on terrorism because they hate Bush: They hate Bush because he is fighting the war on terrorism. They would hate him for fighting terrorists even if he had a "D" after his name. In the past three decades, there have been more legitimate sightings of Big Foot than of Scoop Jackson Democrats."

The New York Post reported: "So now that the wackadoo wing of the party has a bloody scalp, what are they going to do with it? Wave it at Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Lebanon and Afghanistan and Indonesia and Great Britain and Spain and Israel and New York and declare peace? That will work for sure. They better also wear armor and duck."

On the bright side, Lieberman’s loss is a gift to the Republican Party. At a time when Republicans should be back on their heels because of the war's unpopularity, “the Democrats' rejection of a sensible, moralistic centrist has handed the GOP a weapon that could have vast ramifications for both the midterm elections of '06 and the big dance of '08.”

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said the rejection of a well-liked Senator who was strong on national defense showed that Democratic candidates must embrace "defeatism and isolation" or "risk being purged" by their party. "It is also a sign of what the Democratic Party is has become in the 21st century. It reflects an unfortunate embrace of isolationism, defeatism, and blame America first.”

Is this depiction of the Democratic Party too harsh? In 2004, pollster Scott Rasmussen asked likely voters if they believed America was generally a fair and decent country and whether they believed the world would be a better place if more countries were like America.

Only 46 percent of Democrats agreed that America is generally a fair and decent country, and only 48 percent of Democrats said they thought that the world would be a better place if more countries were like the United States.

By contrast, 83 percent of Republicans agreed that America is generally fair and decent, and 81 percent agreed that the world would be a better place if more countries were like the United States.

It must be inspirational to be a Democrat, the party of the angry left, of weakness and isolation on national security, socialist leanings on domestic policy and self-loathing.

Meanwhile, reports of Joe Lieberman's political death are "premature and grossly exaggerated." Lieberman has registered as an independent and he will win the race in November. I, for one, will be sending him some money.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I knew you'd use this as an opportunity to put some more "lipstick on the pig" (or "perfume on the turds" as Jon Stewart would say)!

Although it'll be interesting to see how the election in Connecticut actually pans out, you can hardly bill Lieberman's dismissal as a great day for the GOP.

Why don't you simply face the fact that the US electorate is becoming increasingly angry about the Iraq war and is starting to use every opportunity to show it. All the worst forecasts are coming true (continuing slaughter, civil war, possible partition, alignment with Iran, declining infrastructure.....), and every one of your pie-in-the-sky predictions has been hopelessly off-base.

Having inhibited our ability to deal with Osama three years ago, our miserable presence in Iraq is now preventing us from exercising influence to resolve the Israel / Hezbollah war.

In US electoral terms someone's going to pay for all this, and I think you know who it is (hint: it isn't the democrats).


9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leiberman was not rejected by the democrat party, but by democrat voters. Not by the leaders, but by the followers. This is a lot more ominous than it is being portrayed. If the war is divisive enough and unpopular enough to produce this result, it is far more unpopular and divisive than we think.

How this can be good for the republicans is a real mystery to me. Unless it's just about Connecticut. It's reminiscent of the rejection of Lyndon Johnson.


1:16 PM  
Blogger Bill Lama said...

Tex! Welcome back.
I won't argue with your Iraq characterization, but there is no doubt in my mind that it was and is the right thing to do. Almost any result in Iraq, including partition, will be better than having Saddam and the Baathists in charge. As long as we keep killing the bad guys I'm satisfied.

As for the Israel/Hezbollah fight, that is going splendidly. I don't want the US to "resolve" their war. The last thing we want is for Israel to stop fighting until most of the Hez's are dead.

And if Iran keeps sending troops to fight for Hez, then it will be the opportunity for Israel, with our help, to take out the Iranian nuclear sites and air force. All these are good things.

As for the US electorate, see my response to Lee below.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Bill Lama said...

Hi Lee,
Lieberman was defeated by the wing of democrats that is increasingly taking over the party. Michael Moore sent a letter yesterday warning Hillary about her failure to retract her support for the war.

Every democratic candidate will be challenged by the looney left and many will be coerced into radicalism. Jane Harman is transforming before our eyes. This is reminiscent of the McGovern era when the country roundly rejected the defeatest liberal democrats.

The public is weary of the war, as they are in every war that lasts longer than a year. Yet every time a wacky congressman (Kerry, Murtha) tries to get a resolution to withdraw from Iraq, their bills are defeated by 90% or more. Aside from the wackos like Kerry, politicians understand the American feeling about defending our country.

Every time a Lieberman loses the voters see the core beliefs of the democrat party. Whenever liberals tell the voters what they really believe they lose elections.

From an article yesterday by David Keene: "Lamont's Victory, Democrats' Loss"

"The boys and girls who lionized Che, Mao and Fidel in the 60s and 70s have grown up and are now championing suicide bombers and telling us that the rulers of nations like Iran and North Korea are really just misunderstood. Their own country appalls them and they are convinced that if it weren’t for the United States, the world would be a far safer and more pleasant place.

"My daughter is currently serving in Iraq and as part of her responsibilities reads much of the propaganda disseminated there by our enemies. She noted in a recent letter that several pieces urging the killing of more Americans quote Senator John Kerry to the effect that as more Americans die, US domestic pressure to get out will increase."

I don't believe the American people will ever let the defeatocrats take over again.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post!! How true is everything you wrote!!


1:46 PM  

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