Party, Party, Party II
That last little paragraph is the juice of this piece: The far-left fringe in this country is not only not focusing on substance all that much, but rather on defeating the "enemy" - in this case, anyone who is not as far to the left as themselves. It will be interesting to see how mainstream Democrats react. Will they be able to take that power and push it against the Republicans, or will they be too busy or forced to fight within their own party? I think it's the latter, hence the previous post.
Dem vs. Dem
The sectarian strife within the Democratic Party is moving closer to civil war, the Hill reports:
A group of Senate Democrats is growing increasingly angry about Sen. Joe Lieberman's (D-Conn.) campaign tactics since he lost the Democratic primary last week. If he continues to alienate his colleagues, Lieberman could be stripped of his seniority within the Democratic caucus should he defeat Democrat Ned Lamont in the general election this November, according to some senior Democratic aides. . . . "I think there's a lot of concern," said a senior Democratic aide who has discussed the subject with colleagues. "I think the first step is if the Lieberman thing turns into a side show and hurts our message and ability to take back the Senate, and the White House and the [National Republican Senatorial Committee] manipulate him, there are going to be a lot of unhappy people in our caucus."
This sounds to us like a bluff. If Lieberman wins re-election as an independent, his party will have every reason to make nice with him--not only to ensure that the seat stays Democratic, but also to ensure that the party isn't captured by the Angry Left, the limited political appeal of which would have been demonstrated by a Ned Lamont defeat....
Also curiously, we have received two messages from the John Kerry* campaign in as many days raising funds for three Senate candidates. Here's a passage from today's:
If the Bush administration could plan and execute the war on terror as well as it executes its shameless pre-election fear-mongering, we'd all be a lot safer.
That's what strong, principled Senate candidates like Ned Lamont, Bob Menendez, and Dan Akaka are making clear to voters in three of America's closest, high-stakes Senate contests.
What these three have in common is that all support Kerry's cut-and-run approach to Iraq. What Lamont and Akaka have in common is that they are running against Democrats; only Menendez has a serious Republican opponent. Kerry's efforts are less about furthering the Democratic Party than about furthering the Angry Left within the party.
On a related note, look around the blogosphere to see the reaction to today's [likely to be overturned] court ruling against the NSA wiretaps. The far-left is literally jumping for joy and celebrating that the NSA cannot - according to this liberal Carter appointee who was a Democrat before becoming a judge - tap conversations between terrorists and people within the United States. While it is of utmost importance that the law be followed [and I will put up the series from David Kirschner as soon as I can], it is pathetic to be "thrilled" and "overjoyed" that terrorists are being given increased ability to carry out attacks in this country. The hatred for this President among the far-left is greater than that for those who wish to kill us. Let's repeat that: The hatred for this President among the far-left is greater than that for those who wish to kill us.
It's time to look at our priorities, and it's time mainstream Democrats and liberals took a long look at who their friends are.