I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Quandary Indeed

The New York Times tells us Senator's Plan B Creates Quandary for Democrats.
Now Mr. Lieberman faces the prospect of rejection by the Democrats who know him best, the party faithful in Connecticut. Once more the problem is Iraq. But this time it is not only Mr. Lieberman who is being challenged; it is the national party leadership, as it faces a grassroots push to toughen its stand against the Iraq war and distance itself from a senator who supports the war.

Leaders of the national Democratic Party, like Mr. Dean, the chairman, and Charles S. Schumer, who is leading the effort to regain control of the Senate, may have to choose between Mr. Lieberman and an antiwar Democrat in the fall, when they had hoped to make Iraq squarely the president's problem.
And Lieberman's plan B is to run as an independent is he loses the Democratic Primary. So my question is "what choice?" The fact that there is even the suggestion that there is a choice indicates how out of touch and insincere the Democratic leadership in DC is. In fact why are Schumer and the DSCC even taking a position in a state primary. Now those attempting to unseat Lieberman in the primary are being accused of splitting the party and jeopardizing the Democrat's chances of gains in the Senate in November. Sorry, not so, it's Lieberman who is doing that and if he loses the primary, runs as an independent and is supported by the Democratic Party machine many of us will kiss the Democratic Party goodbye once and for all. And guess what? We are the ones who pound on doors and raise grass roots money. Atrios sums it up well:
Sure Lieberman has the right to become an independent or join the Bullshit Moose party or whatever he wants to do. But his latest actions demonstrate a contempt for the Democratic primary process put into place in Connecticut, and threatens the integrity of the whole system. Lieberman's setting a precedent which should probably lead to a revision of Connecticut's ballot access laws to prevent such a thing from happening. You shouldn't be allowed to simultaneously run on a primary ballot and pull petitions to put yourself on the general ballot under the Bullshit Moose party. It makes a mockery of the primary system, and will make the already-almost-impossible task of removing an incumbent in a political primary that much more difficult.

If Lieberman was a noble man, he'd have made his choice: run in the primary or run as an independent. Instead, he's decided that all incumbents in Connecticut should leave themselves the opportunity for a "do over." Pathetic.
And I love the "Bullshit Moose Party" in reference to the Republican Mole in the DLC, Marshall Wittmann. Bullshit pretty well describes anything the ego driven neocon Wittmann is associated with.

And as for taking control of the Senate; if it's a Senate controlled by Lieberman Democrats what the fuck difference does it make?

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