Joe The DINO Sore
Well now! It seems like poor LIEberman has lost his Joementum for being such a Bu$hCo stooge. His Connecticut constituents seem to want someone else to represent them in the Senate. The Manchester Democratic Town Committee wants to express their 'displeasure and opposition to the senator's stance':
"[Lieberman's behavior] is discouraging as a Democrat," said one at an earlier meeting. "If you want to be a Republican, then switch over your affiliation and run as a Republican."
Weicker, an independent, said, "When you've become the president's best friend on the war in Iraq, you should not be in office, especially if you're in the opposing party. I'm going to do everything I can to see that Joe Lieberman does not get a free pass."
Weicker might be getting some support from a familiar source. Moveon.org announced that it would consider supporting a challenge to Lieberman.
I happened to think the other day that the Northeast has the most electable Independents in the nation. Despite announcing he wouldn't run again, it's reasonable to expect that Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords could win again, but Vermont already has Bernie Sanders - that perennial House Independent of long tenure - running in his stead. Next door in New Hampshire, one wonders if maybe former Senator Bob Smith might again consider an Independent campaign, only not for president this time. It's not like he isn't still repected in that region.
Maybe if there were enough others, Maine Senators Snowe and Collins, and Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chaffey, might also decide to join the fray.
But among all of these potential Independents, I fail to detect an American Ariel Sharon, whose abandonment of the Likud Party over differences of principles over ceding land for peace (and which has major Arab leaders reacting with cautious favoritism), has established him as the man of the moment. It didn't hurt that the Likud Party chairman has joined Sharon's Kadima faction, as has former Labour Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
This new major third party in Israel is out-polling the other two, and the fact that such a politically-contentious country as Israel can see the light and form a third major party actually makes me optimistic (mark this date on your calendars!).
Unfortunately, however, the need for a similar action by American political people of principle seems to be lost on those who could really make it happen.
Alas, we will thus continue to pass through the morass on our way out of the quagmire.
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