You know, Joe Lieberman is overwhelmingly liberal. Take away his stance on the Iraq War, his overall stance on the war against jihadists, and you have a man that almost always votes against the President. That means, anytime George Bush has tried to sell the nation a certain stance on any other given issue, Joe has worked against it. He has been one of the more powerful and effective obstructionists, in the U.S. Senate.
But there is a deep-seeded conviction that has taken root in his personal value system in which he cannot obstruct, and at the same time keep his conscience clean. He cannot turn his back on the single most important issue of this era. He is prepared to run as an independent and the Dems are not able to grasp that there is a certain integrity to going against the grain, at times. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that they are sending a clear message of, dissention against the ruling party elite is not tolerated.
From the AP article:
HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 21 -- Critics of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's independent run to keep his job attacked on two fronts Monday, with one group asking an elections official to throw him out of the Democratic Party and a former rival calling on state officials to keep his name off the November ballot.
That's not so surprising. They did it to Ralph Nader, a champion leftist.
A group whose members described themselves as peace activists asked Sharon Ferrucci, New Haven's Democratic registrar of voters, to remove Lieberman from the party, arguing that he cannot be a Democrat while running under another party's banner.
All I can say is, if the radical anti-war left succeeds in kicking out one of its former VP candidates, Joe would certainly be a major draw that a third party could use. Unity 08 would do well to watch this turn of events, with real interest. This could be one of the big names that could provide an alternative for Dems that are not happy with the way the hard left is turning their party into, a "my way or the highway" enterprise.