9 August 2006
Slouching toward Joeblivion
Empty suit Ned Lamont defeated generic liberal Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary in Connecticut, and that's enough for Brendan Loy:
[T]he hard reality is that the voters have spoken, and their message was loud and clear: thereís no longer room for Joe Lieberman in the Democratic Party. And alas, tonightís result will reverberate through the November elections and into the 2008 presidential campaign. Itís really much more than just a single primary in a single state; itís a shot across the bow of moderate Democrats everywhere. And so, whatever further ramifications this result might have, thereís one thing it definitely means, one result that is officially cast in stone, as of today:
I am no longer a Democrat.
Those who have been waiting for me to make such an announcement will have to wait a while longer. While I agree with Loy that "the Democrats have jumped off the cliff, and are in free fall," I'm not at all horrified by the prospect: if they right themselves before they hit bottom, that's good, and if the party's current crop of Super Geniuses wind up flat on their faces like Wile E. Coyote, well, I wield a pretty mean spatula.
[T]he candidates on my ballot strike me as something less than inspired. And while the differences among their domestic policies are largely trivial will we spend too much, or way too much, on health care? exactly one candidate seems to grasp the notion that there are more immediate threats to the Republic than a percentage point or two of taxation, which is why when I'm through with my dental appointment today, I will grit my semi-sparkling teeth and pull the lever for Joe Lieberman. Yes, he spends money like a 21st-century Republican; yes, he's a common scold, occasionally rising to the level of uncommon scold. But in 2004, the desired characteristic, in true Firesign Theatre tradition, is Not Insane, and rather than opt for the bumbler, the banshee or the Botoxed, I'm going with Joe.
Sanity eventually will return to the Democrats, even if Brendan Loy doesn't. I can wait.
Update: Loy cites Tammy Bruce and me as "a couple of Democrats who arenít quite ready to jump ship yet," but adds: "If there was a viable third-party alternative, I bet theyíd both be on board." As if Oklahoma would actually allow third-party alternatives.Posted at 8:09 AM to Political Science Fiction