PERSON OF THE WEEK - Aug. 6-12, 2006
Joe Lieberman has served the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate for years. He has been one of their most influential Senators, and he was almost universally respected by both political parties. He was the party's nominee for Vice-President in 2000, and has drawn words of praise from everyone from Al Gore to Sean Hannity. He has fallen out of favor with his own party in recent years, but why? Joe certainly hasn't changed. He's still socially liberal, he's still strong on defense, and he still thinks that removing Saddam Hussein from power was a good idea - just like he had for over a decade before the current war in Iraq began. Joe didn't change, but the party did.
It used to be okay for Democrats to support forcibly removing genocidal maniacs like Saddam Hussien (even John Kerry liked the idea), but then George Bush decided to actually do it. Since then, anti-war radicals (led by far left millionaires and extremist bloggers) have hijacked the Democratic Party. Somehow, these groups managed to replace blue-collar Americans as the Democrats' base, and they decided that there is no room in their new anti-war party for good old Joe.
Enter Ned Lamont: anti-war millionaire. He agreed with Joe on a lot of things, but not on the war - and the war was all that mattered to him. He decided that Joe had to go and ran against him for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. Many elected officials stood by their old friend Joe, at least in the primaries, but the bloggers vilified him and threw their support behind Lamont. In addition, Lamont plowed several of his own millions into his campaign. In the end, he managed to squeak by Lieberman in last Tuesday's primary election. Joe decided to run in the general election, but all of his old friends (being good Democrats) abandoned him.
The moral of this story is that the Democratic party doesn't care about the vast majority of issues at the moment. Sure, they have positions on education and health care and such, but at their core they are totally fixated on Iraq. In fact, they are so obsessed with it that they were even willing to tar and feather their old friend Joe.
So, for making it crystal clear that there is no room in the Democratic Party for Joe Lieberman or anyone else who supports the war, Ned Lamont is ConservaGlobe's Person of the Week.
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