A staunch liberal was replaced on the Democratic ticket on Tuesday, by another staunch liberal. Lieberman, who votes against the President the lion's share of the time, was beaten out by a Kos-by Kid, who will probably do much of the same. I know, I know. Many refer to Joe Lieberman as a moderate, but when you factor in his voting record unweighted, he is a liberal.
Certainly, the big difference in this race has been no big secret. The war in Iraq was once again put on the ballot as a referendum by the left wing of the Democratic party. They played the same old hand they played in the 2004 election, using the same old strategy, except for one big difference. This time they won. But just exactly did they win?
You see, the only real difference in candidates was the stance on the war. Lieberman understands the nature of the enemy and what their objectives are, and Lamont does not. Lamont got talked into this race, partly because of his deep pockets and partly because no one else had the guts to go up against Joe Lieberman in the primary. Until this year, that was an unthinkable tale.
Lieberman was an icon in the Democratic Party. Who would have the charisma, the appeal, er uh, the money to match the war chest of a sitting incumbent that once was the party's nominee for Vice President? Enter Ned Lamont. Then, enter the Kos Krowd and the frothing at the mouth Deaniacs with their fundraising (such as it is).
This bunch spent a good deal of money to unseat someone, they didn't like. But now, they will now have to spend heavily again to beat Lieberman in the fall, in order to claim the seat they desperately want. (See why I distrust Dems with money even more than Republicans?) And even that's not a sure thing, when you consider the tight nature of this race (52%-48%), of which only registered Democrats could vote in.
It's a pretty safe bet, there will be a lot of secret GOP money pumped into the Lieberman campaign, from this point forward. The GOP candidate may not have much of a chance, at all. Not only that, Lieberman will certainly get a lot of Independent and GOP votes, based on the fact that he gets the big picture on the most important issue of our day, the war against Islamic fascism.
I see signs of desperation on the part of the anti-war wing. As I said earlier, they played this strategy in 04 and lost. But now there are signs that the war has not been resonating well with a lot of Americans. This may be their last big opportunity to reassert themselves back into power and they know it. As a result, we should all get ready for another fall election cycle with the likes of Cindy Sheehan and her cult followers saying: Bush lied, people died (and other cult-like chants).
I understand the nature of politics. The ultimate goal is always power (no matter what party is involved). But when you consider the methods used, you can certainly see that desperation at work in the left-wing, of the Democratic party. They have been out of power for almost six years now and they have spent the last four running an anti-Bush, anti-war campaign that hasn't worked yet. It may well work in a primary, but it's not likely to happen in this year's fall Senate race, at least not in Connecticut.
Maybe the Democrats should consider another strategy to get back into power. Maybe they should come up with some ideas.