Referring to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) as public enemy no. 1, Democrats are once again illustrating how really ‘closed tent’ that party really is. They are upset that Joe Lieberman supports Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) instead of the Democrat’s choice, first-time Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).
Anyone who knows Joe Lieberman, knows how he feels about the war on terror. Like me, he feels that there is nothing else more important to us as a society right now than to see to it that we don’t have 9/11’s on a weekly basis. They are at war with us, believe it or not. And if you’ve been blown up, what does it matter which company you can tax into oblivion? Then the company gets blown up, like what happened on 9/11. Then what are you going to tax?
The Democrat Party of today has morphed into a representation of the far left of their party. This is what Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) said about Lieberman’s Democrat credentials. . .
‘Joe and I have known each other 40 years,” said Dodd. “On almost every issue, Joe is a mainstream Democrat.’
No longer are they the ‘open tent’ party that they say they are. They only say that during election cycles. They don’t really mean it. Remember, they love ‘mavericks.’ Take John McCain for example. Aside from Obama, they love McCain because he bucks his own party on several key issues. He goes the extra mile and moves across the aisle in a manner that is more than ‘reaching out.’ So they love him.
Enter Joe Lieberman. One could call his bold, and honest stand on the war as putting him in the ‘maverick’ position as well. As I recall, the Democrat party liked that so much that they put up a candidate to run against him in the 2006 Democrat primary. They tried to unseat him precisely because he was a maverick.
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and Obama supporter said ‘There’s a commonly held hope that he’s not going to be transformed into an attack dog for Republicans.’ Yeah, then he can call it swift-boating. You can count on it.
Associated Press calls it like this. . .
Lieberman has strayed before, most notably switching from Democrat to independent in 2006 to hold onto his Senate seat after a Democratic primary loss.
But the latest betrayal has upset Democrats, who often answer in clipped but polite tones when asked about Lieberman. The reason: The independent still caucuses with the Democrats on most issues except the Iraq war, and he holds their slim political majority in his hands.
For Democrats to say that Lieberman has betrayed them, qualifies as the Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day. I guess if you are a democrat, you better not stray, you better not betray the party. They expect you to tow the line, even if you believe it’s more important to be alive first.