Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lieberman Loses Primary - What next?

In yesterday's Democratic Party primary election in Connecticut, incumbent Senator Joseph Lieberman lost to political neophyte Ned Lamont, by a 52 to 48 percent margin. This was a one-issue campaign - the war in Iraq. And, as is usually the case in primary elections, the hard-core registered members of the party, the ideologues, come out and vote. Primary elections are about appealing to the party base - and the Democratic die-hards are the "Bush lied people died" fanatics.

The Democratic Party has become the party that does not tolerate dissent within its ranks. It is the party of rancor, of empty rhetoric, of broken moral compasses. Any Senator of the Democratic Party will now be unwilling to voice a position which is in line with that of President Bush, for fear of arousing the ire of the party base who have nothing but contempt for a man they consider evil incarnate, even as they fawn over the Hugo Chavezes and Kofi Annans of the world. As Tony Snow put it: "National leaders now have made it clear that if you disagree with the extreme left of their party, they are going to come after you." This is a good thing for America - that the true, ugly, intolerant, closed-minded face of this party be unmasked. I do tend to trust the average American to recognize moral bankruptcy when he or she is confronted with it. They did reelect President Bush, liberal media distortions and whimpering notwithstanding.

Sen. Lieberman has announced that he plans on running as an Independent candidate in the Senate election, and has amassed the signatures needed to do so. I am hopeful that he will win this campaign. I am registered Republican, but would vote for Sen. Lieberman versus any candidate the Republicans could muster. Not only because I feel that Lieberman's policies on this most critical issue of our time - dealing with the threat of Islam and the Arab world - do us proud as Jews, as a counterweight to the 'liberal Jew' stereotype.

[Though I am thrilled that he lost his '00 bid for the vice-presidency. A Jew in that kind of position of serious clout and with so much national attention being accorded him, is not a good thing. There are two serious negatives to him being in that position: a) A media scrutiny of Orthodoxy, which I feel he is ill-equipped to represent, and he even had to resort to serious distortion of Torah when confronted with such a basic issue as intermarriage. b) His policy could be nowhere near as supportive of Israel at a time of crisis as that of President Bush, especially as a member of the Democratic Party. His Judaism would unquestionably be viewed as playing a role in according Israel the backing needed to defend herself adequately].

It is because I feel his policies are cut of a cloth which a Republican can live with, certainly more than those of such RINOs (Republicans in name only) as Chuck Hagel and his ilk. And nothing would make me happier than to see Lieberman crush his Democratic opponent, and give the Democrats the stinging blow they deserve for stifling his viewpoints.

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