Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hardly a Democrat

I am utterly sickened by Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn. I am pretty liberal, but being liberal doesn't’t translate to automatically supporting the misguided actions of everyone else who puts a donkey on their campaign materials. Besides, Lieberman is only a Democrat in the most technical sense. They may put a “D” after his name on TV news shows, but I have my doubts.

Lieberman supports — and has always supported — the Iraq war. To be fair, a lot of Democrats in Congress supported the war, but Lieberman wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal in 2005, harping on the progress being made in Iraq and upbraiding fellow Democrats who dared question President Bush’s motives in launching the war.
He also is a fierce opponent of the most dreadful scourge facing our nation today — video games. He chaired a Senate investigation into Mortal Kombat in 1993, and more recently rallied against Grand Theft Auto. If I were a senator, I would probably spend less time worrying about fake characters being killed on video screens and more time being concerned about American soldiers being killed in Iraq.

But, in the latest escapade making me furious, Lieberman is planning to run for re-election to the office of senator of Connecticut, even if he loses to popular challenger Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary. This kind of divisive, “me-first” careerism is exactly why the Democratic Party is unable to successfully unite in opposition to the Bush administration. Some days, I question whether the Democrats could unite to fight their way out of a wet paper sack.

Lieberman insisted to CNN that he has a “higher loyalty” to some things other than the Democratic Party. He said his loyalty was to his state and country, but I’m pretty sure he was referring to his steadfast commitment to himself and his own career.

Jayne Lady
Editorial writer

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