As Goes Lieberman, So Go the Democrats
There are few things more revealing about intraparty struggles than primary challenges to incumbents and the really ugly battles that are peculiar to those races. Such unwelcome things bring very little benefit to the party. They are rarely successful, and most often result in an incumbent with few resources and less energy heading into a general election. They provide a general election opponent with free and early bad press on the incumbent and they are the hammer that the other party can use to show that the sitting politician is out of touch, not just with the voters but with his own insular gang.
And such is the lot of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) who may be engaged in the primary battle of his life. Nobody has ever accused Lieberman of being a Kennedy socialist nor a Kerry secularist. He is a moderate politician who is guided by and remains true to his Jewish faith. Lieberman often holds attitudes different than those of his own party mainly because he lets facts, not mantras determine his course. In just about every way, he is an independent-minded and fair individual. Having been called "the conscience of the Senate", Lieberman brings to the table a certain set of qualities that transcend the usual political sniping that characterizes Washington.
But the primary battle now before him results from the fact that he supported and continues to support the Iraq war because, upon invesigation, he believes that we are there on a good mission and that that mission must be accomplished. The left, of course, cannot tolerate any across the aisle cooperation--unless it's the Republicans capitulating to them, so as punishment, they are trying to decapitate Lieberman.
And if they are successful, they will set a course for their party's implosion.
Lieberman's opponent, Ned Lamont is a fairly radical guy who is adored by this crowd. Beating Lieberman would send the very obvious message that the Dems are not interested in reasonable people, but rather far leftists as their elected members. But it would also have the effect of turning the party in such an obviously and publicly leftward direction that Americans would begin to realize that the party is so completely out of touch with America that it can no longer be trusted with handling the business of the American people.
It is nothing new that the Democrats are the party of the far left, just that they are more open about it. And dogmatic openness that unseats a very respected, ethical and honorable member of the U.S. Senate because he chose to remain true to what he believes is right, rather than remaining obedient to the Reid-Pelosi-Dean drumbeat will be just the kind of thing that over a few years time clues Americans into the fact that today's Democrats are promoting the same brand of ideas that we fought and defeated in the Cold War.