I have a good pal who is a board member of the Lincoln Club and we had an exchange about how Democrats won’t tolerate more conservative voices in our own party — like Joe Lieberman. Another blogger buddy of mine in Boston, who’s very conservative, keeps telling me that the far left extremes have hijacked the Democratic Party.
If there’s any party that is intolerant or has been hijacked by extremists, it’s the Republicans. Note this Jon Fleischman commentary in today’s Flash Report. Note the coordinated effort by conservative bloggers to bring down am incumbent member of their own party in a Congressional race in Michigan because this Congressman didn’t meet their standard of being “conservative” enough. And note the glee in his voice in how happy they were to pull this off.
Joe Lieberman lost in Connecticut because he’s wrong on the Iraq War, he’s consistently wrong in his support for President Bush’s conservative agenda. And he is placing himself before his party by running as an idependent. Joe would make a better Bush cabinent appointee. Young voters, mostly new Democrats, brought Joe down. It was a simple choice: elect a Democrat or elect a Democrat that has the support of the Republican administration, the conservative media (Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Malkin, Hewitt et al), and the right wing bloggers. The voters elected a Democrat and one who showed backbone and conviction on the war.
But I’m grateful for Fleischman’s boasting on the Michigan congressional race. His commentary is a signed confession of intolerance of moderate points of view within the GOP.
Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.