Smokin' Joe feels the love
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, one of my very least favorite Dems, is feeling a lot of heat lately, a large part of it generated and sustained by internet and blog activism.
His long standing penchant for practically tongue-kissing Bush, his vehement but delusional support for the Iraq quagmire, as well as other positions he's taken (including voting for federal involvement in the Shiavo case) place him squarely on the Republican side of issues and has invited the ire of many Dems who feel that with friends like Joe, who needs enemies?
"George Bush's favorite Democrat," they call him. "Republican Lite," they sneer. But liberals are no longer just venting on Internet blogs and talk radio programs about their centrist nemesis: Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut.The rest of the N.Y. Times piece here.
Now, from across the nation, a determined alliance of antiwar activists is working overtime online and on doorsteps to defeat Mr. Lieberman, whose political moderation helped him earn the Democratic nomination for vice president six years ago. Their goal is not only to punish Mr. Lieberman for staunchly supporting the war in Iraq but also to protest what the activists consider the Democratic Party's willingness to accommodate President Bush.
Without a national race to focus on, thousands of activists from other states — encouraged by a host of liberal bloggers — have contributed money and volunteered to help the campaign of Ned Lamont, a cable television executive with little political experience who is trying to unseat Mr. Lieberman in the state's Democratic primary in August.
My opinion, as if anyone asked? Lieberman has just about made himself as welcome in the Democratic party as Zell Miller.