Tuesday, August 05, 2003

As you know, the General doesn't usually blog electoral politics. I'll let DailyKos to that bit to death. However, the infighting in the Democratic Party between DLC poster boy Joe Lieberman and "extreme left" Howard Dean is just too ridiculous to ignore.
Saying he is in a fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, Lieberman said policies rooted in the "vital center" of the political spectrum, not what he termed the antiwar and big government policies of his rivals, provide the only hope of defeating President Bush. He warned Democrats that abandoning the policies that helped elect Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 would result in a terrible setback for the party.
OK, let's get this straight. Dean is "extreme" because why? This guy has "New Democrat" written all over him. Lieberman has one issue and one issue only -- the war. So apparently, if you are against the war in Iraq you are "extreme left" in Lieberman's book.

Yah, tell Pat Buchanan that one.

Lieberman and Gephardt are different enough to matter. The fight between Lieberman and Dean, or Lieberman and Kerry, is just posturing, pure and simple.

And this fight is simply more evidence that all the liberal Republicans from the 1960s and 1970s (remember them?) have simply migrated into the Democratic Party. Compare John Anderson, Republican congressman and independent candidate for President in 1980, and Joe Lieberman, and I bet you'll find Anderson the more liberal of the two! In fact, if you can find any daylight between the DLC and liberal Republicans from the 1970s, let me know.


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