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Let’s Talk Principles…

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Arianna has a great article up on Huffington Post this morning, and I wanted to pull out a bit of it for everyone here:

After all, Tailgunner Joe isn’t just one of the staunchest supporters of the war, he’s repeatedly and steadfastly spoken out against those who oppose it.

"Retreat and defeat," he said in speaking against the Kerry and Levin withdrawal plans on the floor of the Senate, "would be terrible for the safety and security of the American people." Indeed he was one of only six Democrats to vote against the withdrawal-lite Levin amendment.

Back in December, he responded to Jack Murtha’s original call for troop withdrawal by warning that "in matters of war we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril" (to which Murtha replied, "Undermining his credibility? What has he said that would give him credibility?").

Lieberman has also said that if voters choose Lamont over him in the August 8th Democratic primary because of his stance on the war it will show that "my party is headed down the road that will not lead us to victory."

What polls is Lieberman reading? Certainly not the ones showing that 60 percent of the voters in his state are against the war — and that Iraq is the number-one issue motivating Democratic voters in 2006.

The Democratic party hasn’t left Joe Lieberman — but Joe’s stance on the Iraq conflict (and on women’s issues) does not reflect the views of his constituents in Connecticut. Who is disrespecting whom in this relationship?

(And if you have the time this morning, especially if you are in California, contact Barbara Boxer and ask her whether the will of the Connecticut voters is to be respected or disrespected.)

UPDATE:  A reminder for everyone:  Ned Lamont will be on Air America radio today during the Al Franken Show (broadcast noon to 3:00 pm ET). 

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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