Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lieberman Loses CT Primary

Progressive bloggers claimed their first major political victory yesterday when Joe Lieberman, the 3-term US Senator from Connecticut, lost his own party's primary for reelection to a newcomer they underwrote: Ned Lamont
"This shows what blind loyalty to George Bush and being his love child means," said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the leader of the Democratic House Congressional campaign. "This is not about the war. It's blind loyalty to Bush

I do think it's about the war, but I certainly agree with the sentiment. Get these fucks out of my party. I also think it's about punishing Bush's actual Lieutenants--Lieberman was just his butt buddy (and I commend Rahm for his choice of the less offensive "love child" imagery. We know what you meant.)

Of course, Lieberman--the man who refused to give up his last bid for reelection, even though it coincided with his run for the Vice Presidency--will not go gently into that good night. Oh, no. He's announced his intention to run as an independant. And based on his popularity with the state's Republican voters, he may even retain his seat

But that's not the point. Kos's "netroots" have now cemented their status in the party as a force to be reckoned with, not some fringe group. Democrats: cross them at your peril.

Which, in my opinion, is "of the good."


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