The Hatfield's & McCoys: Lieberman V. Lamont genre: Polispeak & Six Degrees of Speculation
I think it’s time for a little perspective and a reality check. Perhaps the most important midterm election in modern history is little more than three months away and as I watch the Lieberman vs. Lamont race, I have to shake my head at the energy being invested by Democrats to defeat another Democrat. With the latest Jane Hamsher debacle at Huffington Post on Wednesday and covered here and by the Washington Post, I’m left to wonder how the Democratic Party will ever entice enough middle of the road independent and Republican voters to take a chance on a Democratic candidate, much less giving Democrats control of the House or the Senate come November.
Look, I have no problem with a contested primary and I fully support the people of Connecticut in freely choosing the Senator they prefer…but I don’t get why the bulk of the progressive netroots feels they need to devote the lions share of their time and effort participating in this one race…while at the same time the Democrats have the best possibility to take control of the House and Senate FROM THE REPUBLICANS in years.
I’m not a Lieberman apologist and I feel the manner in which he supported the President on the Iraq war was wrong because he undermined fellow Democrats in the process. Nonetheless, I’m at a loss to see how making the defeat of Lieberman the equivalent of a public caning (in full view of the opposition and those voters who have the potential to switch and vote Democratic this election) is going to achieve the goals of the progressive netroots. Quite frankly, other than proving that they can influence a race within the Democratic Party…and likely doing so at the expense of the Democratic Party come November…I’m fully baffled by the rationale and the intensity of this feud.
Now I’ve read the carefully worded and ample pontifications on the Lieberman betrayals…and were I a woman scorned I might even run about his neighborhood putting up posters saying he’s a liar and a cheat…but since I’m not…and neither are the progressive netroots…why the hell are they doing as much? It just doesn’t add up. If we boot Joe’s booty, and we don’t gain six Senate seats, we still can’t shut George Bush down, we still can’t force an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, we still can’t force a moderate Supreme Court appointment, and since most of us don’t live in Connecticut, we can’t even enjoy whatever pork Lamont might bring home to Connecticut (and that assumes he can bring home some pork that Lieberman couldn’t have brought).
Anyway, I’ve long believed that if you look at a situation and the effort being expended isn’t matched by the potential outcome; something else must be at play. Well it all came clear to me today with Dear Jane’s “look at me, look at me" miscalculation. Here’s the thing. Quite frankly, my inclination is to conclude that Joe Lieberman’s petulance, as annoying as it is, is simply being matched tit for tat by equally petulant individuals. This “thing" is no less than the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s.
Cranky Joe, who foolishly chose to cozy up to “W" and lecture Democrats in recent years, is apparently in the process of being taken to the woodshed by a group of equally hostile and unhinged blogomaniacs…and while they finish up their feud in Connecticut (the one they insist on airing across the whole dadgum US of A…and by God if they have to blackface “Holy Joe" to get every mom and pop to watch they will) they are doing one hell of a job of taking OUR entire Party down the “can’t take them seriously crapper".
Now the problem I have with this whole donnybrook is that no one consulted me or any of the millions of Democrats who want to kick some red-state tail this fall to see if we wanted to stake the farm on a proxy war in a little nor’easter cage match out back ‘tween the trailer parks. I for one don’t have a dog in the show and I don’t think my fellow blue-staters want to place the whole Party’s bet on one pony in one race.
No disrespect to the good people of Connecticut but I think it’s high time the rest of us visitors turn off the telly, pack up our fifth wheels and get busy finding some vulnerable Republicans to campaign against. Now I realize this here “thing" is like a big ole car wreck out on the main highway and everybody wants to slow down and take a long hard look see…but with only three months left we’re just gonna have to read about the carnage in the papers if we plan on putting some of these fat and sassy Republicans out to pasture this winter. Know what I mean?
Well, as I now see it...Jane ain’t no fat lady…and I don’t know if she can sing…but this is one game that oughta be called over and done with right here and right now…while we Democrats can still save some face and put a little distance between us and this embarrassing little dust-up that got way the hell outta hand over yonder…whatcha all thaank?