Well, I say that the Democratic Party changed. The Democratic Party today was not the party it was in 2000. It’s not the Bill Clinton-Al Gore party, which was strong internationalists, strong on defense, pro-trade, pro-reform in our domestic government. It’s been effectively taken over by a small group on the left of the party that is protectionist, isolationist and basically will –and very, very hyperpartisan. So it pains me. I’m a Democrat who came to the party in the era of President John F. Kennedy. It’s a strange turn of the road when I find among the candidates running this year that the one, in my opinion, closest to the Kennedy legacy, the John F. Kennedy legacy, is John S. McCain.
Sen. Joe Lieberman
- Hat tip: Stephen Bainbridge.
Lieberman says leaving the Democratic Party is a “very remote possibility.” But even that slight ambiguity — and all his cross-aisle flirtation — has proved more than enough to position Lieberman as the Senate’s one-man tipping point. (Source)
And the issue that could tip Lieberman to the Republican side? According to The Politico: defunding the war. I wonder how remote that vote is.
The “idea that we’re going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong.” —Howard Dean.
“What a colossal mistake it would be for America’s bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.” —Joe Lieberman
What’s particularly sad, both of these Democrats could be right.