Rats looking longingly at the dock
Kudlow goes wobbly on Joe:
As I predicted, Senator Lieberman has become increasingly critical of President Bushâ€™s war management polices. Yesterday, on CBSâ€™s Face the Nation, Lieberman called for Defense Secretary Rumsfeldâ€™s resignation and he criticized the Bush administration for not having sent more troops into Iraq.
The Lamont campaign then attacked Lieberman by saying, â€œhis new found criticism of war wonâ€™t convince Connecticut voters after so many years of stubbornly rubberstamping Bushâ€™s failed policies.â€
Looks to me like the big difference on war between Lieberman and Lamont is that Lamont favors a one year deadline troop withdrawal (as he said on Kudlow & Company last week) whereas Lieberman does not favor a deadline.
So, pro-war hawks like myself would favor Lieberman. But of course the big problem I have is that the U.S. is not winning the war. Staying the course doesnâ€™t sound like a solution to the massive sectarian violence going on in Iraq.
On domestic policies, theyâ€™re both liberal Democrats opposing tax cuts, ANWR, and offshore drilling, and opposing the ban on partial-birth abortion.
Lamont however may be slightly to the right of Lieberman on budget spending. In the CNBC interview with me, Lamont said he wanted to eliminate budget earmarks like the abusive transportation bill. Lieberman is a defender of earmarks.