Thursday, August 10, 2006
Lamont, Lieberman and the DLC
Photo of a washed up Portuguese man-of-war (by naotoj @ flickr).
It's difficult to not be cynical about politics and politicians - but this loss by Lieberman and win by Lamont is a hopeful thing.
Lieberman blames the bloggers - ie. - "It Wasn't About the War". As if people who share information and ideas by using the internet are any less citizens than anyone else. It's like he's saying - how dare anyone get their information somewhere besides the Corporate Media - whose games he plays.
And then - the way that Lieberman has been such a Bush supporter and now Rove and the Republicans want to support him in his run as an "Independent Democrat". Sounds sort of like a "DLC Democrat" (wink, wink). Leiberman was the leader of the DLC - the Democratic Leadership Council - prior to the 2000 election - when Bayh took over.
This rant that is posted on the DLC site (no author is named) -"The Return of Liberal Fundamentalism" (written June 2, 2006) - shows hows opposed they are to traditional Democratic values. The writer rails about the "purge" of Lieberman saying that the grassroots, bloggers, and traditional Democrats represent "a conformist tendency to stifle dissent among Democrats and require adherence to litmus tests devised by interest groups and ideological advocates.... and intimidate or even purge those who do not meet a narrow definition of what makes a "real Democrat...."
We deplore this purge effort because Joe Lieberman is an outstanding and respected U.S. Senator. He is a man of utmost integrity who speaks and governs by his values and principles, even when they lead him against the popular tide..."
It sounds like the writer does NOT share the values of traditional democrats (such as this). The reference to fundamentalists sounds like a vague comparison to terrorists. Certainly not what someone who shared those liberal values would say.
What I hear in this and other things that the DLC represents - is that the DLC is a third party (that has co-opted the Democratic name for their own purposes) - they even call it the "third way". This party represents big money and corporate interests much like the Republicans. And the DLC has no interest in the will of the people and does expect to have to represent them. The majority of Americans oppose the Iraq Occupation, for instance.
Anyway - good for Lamont - and I'm glad that Connecticut wasn't using electronic voting machines (or Diebold).
Posted by Margaret at 1:50 PM