Carol Platt Liebau: Lieberman Comes Out Swinging

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Lieberman Comes Out Swinging

Joe Lieberman debated challenger Ned Lamont this evening in Connecticut.

Lamont has the left-wing talking points down -- he's going to "stand up" to President Bush and the Republicans (even so, he likewise plans to get "real intelligence," get Republicans and Democrats in a room together, and talk sense to them. No small ego there).

Lieberman was pretty forceful, especially compared to his usual mild-mannered demeanor. He obviously knows he's in a fight for his political life, and he's not going quietly. He made some good points for a Democratic primary audience, noting that Lamont had sided frequently with Republicans on the Greenwich City Council and pointing out that he's essentially a one issue candidate.

From a purely political point of view, it would be interesting to see Lamont win the primary -- and there'd probably be some short term political advantage for Republicans to having a KosKidz favorite running for office, if for no other reason than to dramatize to the undecideds in the middle what the Democratic Party has become.

But it's in America's interest to have two healthy, functioning parties -- and competition keeps both parties honest. So, ultimaely, I'm hoping that Connecticut Democrats will pull back from the far-let brink and re-nominate Lieberman.


Blogger wrabkin said...

So you watched the debate... and you're still calling Ned Lamont "far left." I realize that you consider this as damning a slur as exists, but it also suggests certain political and policy beliefs. Could you explain which of Lamont's positions are so "far left"? After all, it's not like he's some raging Commie -- he's exactly what Republicans claim to like about America, a self-made millionaire who started a business, made his fortune, and now wants to give back to society.

8:37 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

I found this on Ned's site. If by "far left" Carol means "Socialist" then I suppose this fits:

"Rather than replacing the hard-earned social safety net with partially funded savings accounts"

10:58 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...


I'm sorry if I've misunderstood you, but this is what I think you're saying: That Ned Lamont, in standing up for the traditional Social Security program, is a Socialist.

If this is correct, then roughly 85% of the American people are Socialists. And if you equate supporting Social Security with being on the "hard left," then, my friend, it is you who are way outside the mainstream of thought. Social Security is the most popular government program in the US, as Bush discovered when he tried to dismantle it.

Please, if you think I'm wrong, encourage your representatives to run of a platform of abolishing Social Security. Let's see who wins.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Liberman said Lamont was a rebublican who was just using anti-Bush and anti-Iraq policies to get elected. So how can he be a looney lefty?

11:34 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Having heard the term before, I took him to mean more than just "Social Security" but the whole array of programs that make up a "social safety net".

Besides if 85% of Americans were Socialists, the Democrats would have no trouble withing coming out and openly advocating for that. Not incrementally, but all the way.

11:51 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

When Lamont says "Social Security," he means "Social Security." Lieberman waffled to the last minute on Bush's plan to kill it.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

"Besides if 85% of Americans were Socialists, the Democrats would have no trouble withing coming out and openly advocating for that. Not incrementally, but all the way."

And if a majority of Americans believed that Social Security is bad, the Republicans wouldn't have to publically hide the fact that they want to abolish it.

6:08 PM  

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