Thursday, July 27, 2006

Endorsement Of Joseph Lieberman In Aug. 8 Primary

--Written from Ashland, Oregon

Notice: A mistake by me in the settings of this blog has in recent weeks blocked out all comments. I have tried to correct this this morning, and all comments will be accepted, without modification. I've also retrieved comments that were posted earlier and ordered them published, so those can be viewed by going to prior blogs.


Joe Lieberman is an outstanding U.S. Senator who never fails to tell us what he is thinking, frequently does not act in an overly partisan manner, and, certainly, in my view should be reelected to the seat he has distinguished so long.

The campaign against Lieberman in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary in Connecticut by Ned Lamont is mounted from the Democratic left, is designed to move the party's Presidential primary campaigns in 2008 toward the McGovernite wing of the party, and, if successful, will materially reduce the chances of a winning Democratic candidacy in 2008.

At a time when the U.S. is coming under new pressures in the Middle East, the Far East and elsewhere, now is no time to waver on our commitment of American power in the world. Ceding the field to our enemies would in the end gravely endanger peace, just as Chamberlain did when he gave into Hitler at Munich, and fortify the present acendancy of terrorists, particularly the Muslim fundamentalists.

In recent years, Lieberman has been as outspoken as anyone in the Democratic party at resisting these appeasementist tendencies and thus has done a tremendous service to the country.

Given President Bush's unpopularity in many circles, it has certainly been courageous of the senator to so much as indicate he is openminded on Bush, but he has done so, and, now, some polls indicate he is in trouble in the primary. Lieberman has said he will mount an independent campaign, if he is defeated in the primary, and the present polls have indicated he would be successful in such a bid.

But I hope it will not be necessary, and Lieberman will win the primary with more than a narrow margin.

Despite present disenchantment with the Iraq war, and America's role in fighting it, I can't believe that most Americans on reflection won't decide to stay the course.

So I'm very much hoping the voters of Connecticut will retain Joe Lieberman as a Senate. He deserves their support.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have been lame analyses of what is going on in CT, but this is just about the lamest. Neville Chamberlain appeasement? What planet are you on? (Oh, Ashland.) Lieberman is in trouble because, having gone along enthusiastically with one of the biggest foreign policy fiascoes of all of American history, he still refuses to face facts. You say "it has certainly been courageous of the senator to so much as indicate he is openminded on Bush." I say that's not courage; it's a mix of hubris and bad judgment. Dems know it. That's why he's going down in CT.

7/27/2006 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

This is just a test to make sure the comment function is working!

7/27/2006 9:26 PM  

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