From the NYT:
“This is a defining moment in some ways for the Democratic Party,” said Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, in his opening remarks at the White House news briefing yesterday. “I know a lot of people have tried to make this a referendum on the president; I would flip it. I think instead it’s a defining moment for the Democratic Party, whose national leaders now have made it clear that if you disagree with the extreme left in their party they’re going to come after you.”
The NYT notes:
“In fact, the vast majority of Democratic Party leaders supported Mr. Lieberman in the primary, and did not endorse Mr. Lamont until after the results were in.”
Somehow the whole “elected representative” thing got lost during the prep for this insightful statement from the White House Press Secretary. It seems to never have occured to him, or Dick Cheney, or Joe Lieberman for that matter, that the results of an *election* could be based on voters seeking an accurate representative. That is much harder to spin. It is easier to just engage in some name calling and make sure that you are one the “winning” side of the solipsism. The Bushies (Yes, Lieberman is a Bushie) love the democratic process until they get the wrong side of it. Hamas, Hizbullah… democracy is funny like that. People all over the world have the unmitigated gall to elect people that don’t agree with Dubya.
The GOP strategy has been fairly transparent: stake out the hardest of hard-right positions, and brand everyone who falls anywhere short of that mark as “hard left”, “appeasers”, “Liberals”, or “anti-security”. The sad part is that they are making unilateral, open-ended war, in the absence of any real diplomacy, their central plank. I said this below, but the GOP has never explained how they plan on winning over their ideological oppponents via military force. They don’t even have any examples of where this has worked. Personally, I don’t know of any. Both Christians and Jews have been the targets of military attempts to neutralize their ideology and so far, no dice. Same with everyone from the Cubans to the North Koreans.
The idea that Bush is protecting America by waging war in the Mid-East is bizzare. It is a troll-stone. See… I keep this stone in my pocket to ward off trolls. I haven’t been attacked by a troll since carrying this stone. Must be working. In a word: Specious. A more fitting rejoinder is: why would our enemies in Iraq bother coming over to the USA? They can kill and maim many GIs on a daily basis in a country with very little security and little border control. If three GIs were attacked in Yuma, Arizona it would be big news. But it happens every day in Iraq, and you can barely get Bush Co, (or Lieberman BTW), to acknowledge that it is real. Another question that comes to mind: if you really buy the idea that this war in Iraq, for instance, is serving to increase seciurity in the US, where is the moral high ground in hiding behing the dozens/hundreds of civilian bodies appearing at Iraqi morgues on a daily basis? How does that help?
Yes, Tony Snow has no compunction calling over half of the voters in Connecticut’s August ’06 Primary Election “Far Left”. The GOP will insist that somehow Connecticut managed to wrangle a few hundred thousand Naderites and “moonbats” to the polls on Tuesday, and they somehow managed to influence “far left” elements of the Democratic Party… like Hillary Clinton, Evan Byah, and Christopher Dodd? If Dodd manages to come off as “far left”, then we know that the GOP has pushed things so far to the right that they are the true “moonbats”.
Good Night and Good Luck, indeed.