The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

This is what I wrote the day of the 2004 Oklahoma primary:

[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


I am certain that the Democratic party neither represents my political philosophy completely nor has placed itself in the best position to win. But, I do have a hard time believing that Moderate Democrats represent the better way, or otherwise have some guaranteed placed at the Democratic table.

Posted by: Dwight at 8:34 AM on 9 August 2006

Tee-Hee...the lunatic moonbats are energized!! Can you say "mcgovern"?!
I say let them eat their own.....

Posted by: paulsmos at 9:33 AM on 9 August 2006

As a disclaimer, I am not a Democrat (or a Republican).

But I find all the punditry about Lieberman's loss to be quite interesting. Is it possible the even moderate Democrats decided that Lieberman had to go? Is it possible that even moderate voters can oppose Lieberman's policy positions and lock-step support for this administration's war effort? Is it possible that this is not a reflection that the Democrats "have jumped off the cliff", but rather an accurate reflection of the mood of the general electorate (based on many recent polls)? Is it possible that this was more a referendum on Joe Lieberman than on the worthiness of Ned Lamont?

And is it being said here that if voters of a particular party don't believe that a certain candidate best represents their views on the most important issues to them then they are somehow "jumping off the cliff"?

For the record, Lieberman made some comments that many moderate, sane voters might find offensive and worthy of a vote against (rather than an enthusiastic vote for the opposing candidate). Sometimes it's a good idea to bring in new blood, even if that person isn't perfect or a little more "liberal" than you personally may be.

Posted by: Brad at 11:47 AM on 9 August 2006

Sure, Joe's defeat has a potential ripple effect throughout the Dem party and the next elections. It may be + or it may be - for the Dems. But I think the pundits are making way too much of this. Joe's time was up because he is too damn boring and wimpy. This simply makes room at the top of the party for someone stronger and more exciting.

Posted by: Winston at 7:57 PM on 9 August 2006

Never mind a "return," it would be nice if sanity were ever to be introduced to the Democrats. I gave up waiting for that long ago.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 6:36 PM on 10 August 2006

I'm sure they've been introduced.....but for some reason never stay in touch. Then again, I've not seen an overwhelming amount on display by the opposition either.

Politicians and sanity are like oil and water. I expect very little from any politician to begin with. Sadly, I'm not often surprised as "very little" is the rule rather than the exception to same.

Posted by: unimpressed at 11:44 AM on 11 August 2006