Three Cheers for Kerry
While several high-profile Democrats have called upon Holy Joe to drop his Cut-and-Run 2006 bid, nobody has yet used the direct rhetoric that John Kerry did today in speaking about the situation (video C&L):
George Stephanopoulos: Senator Lieberman said your policy is going to "strengthen the terrorists." Are you concerned that his independent candidacy, him out there making the Republican case for the mid-terms is going to hurt Democrats across the country?
John Kerry: I am concerned that he is making the Republican case and he’s uttering almost the same words as Vice President Cheney, and I think it’s inappropriate.
The fact is Joe Lieberman is out of step with the people of Connecticut. I believe that he’s just dead wrong with respect to the war. And to adopt the rhetoric of Dick Cheney, who has been wrong about almost everything he has said about Iraq, shows you just exactly why he got in trouble with the Democrats there.
Dick Cheney said the insurgency was in its "last throes." Dick Cheney is the guy who said they’re going to be "welcomed with flowers," that this was going to be a cakewalk. The fact is that what’s happening in Iraq today is a reflection of an internal struggle between Sunni and Shia and the lack of the resolution is something that’s crying out for diplomatic and political solution. The continued rhetoric of this administration, and Joe Lieberman adopting it, I think is a huge mistake for Joe, and obviously the people of Connecticut are going to make their own decision.
Lieberman ought to be tied to Cheney. Theirs is a long-term love affair.
Kerry has done the right thing before — he had the courage to lead the filibuster against Alito even though he knew all the hacks were going to accuse him of pandering to the base. I suppose that’s a bad thing in a world where you’re expected to be pandering to lobbyists, money and power, but Kerry now looks prophetic — Alito is a third-rate legal mind who owes his fealty to the fundies and Kerry’s actions will be well remembered both in the blogoshere and the history books. His decision to cut through the crap and forcefully call out Holy Joe for what he is doing will no doubt likewise serve his legacy well.