Sunday, July 30, 2006

Ich Bin Ein Connecticuter

Asking only what I can do for my country?

The New York Times endorses Ned Lamont over Joe Lieberman; the Washington Post endorses Lieberman over Lamont.
I endorse the New York Times.

I believe in the principle of the big tent for the Democratic Party. We have seen what the opposite principle has done to the GOP and to our partisan governance. Bipartisanship must not become a crime; it is necessary to good government.

But Momentum Joe has gone partisan on Iraq.

Iraq, the central political question of our times. Not the only issue, (progressive income tax, universal health care access, recognition of the environmental sciences, energy independence, Congressional ethics, etc.) but it is the biggest issue. As the Times says,
The race has taken on a national character. . . . This primary would never have happened absent Iraq.
There are many -- too many -- Democrats who have supported and still support Bush's un-provoked, unnecessary, largely unilateral invasion and unplanned occupation of Iraq (UULUIUOI). Lieberman goes a step beyond and casts asperions of disloyality on his fellow Democrats who oppose the war.

We are at a critical point in our nation's history. The UULUIUOI has been an abomination as far as its affect on our polity. I am convinced that the American people are finally catching up with that realization. They want and expect a reckoning with Bush. Many traditional Republican voters, who can't face up to their own complicity in this titanic wreck, want the Democrats to spank their own GOP leaders. Other war party loyalists point to Lieberman to validate their 'staying the course'.

In order for anti-war Democrats to make their point about Bush's war, they have to start with Joe. He's the first beachhead which has to be taken in the restoration of our democracy and non-predatory foreign policy.

I am convinced that the American people are looking expectantly forward to a Democratic tsunami this November. The tidal wave should start this August. Do not disappoint us, Connecticut.