Greetings, gentle Readers…
Well now, News just coming from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman has conceded the democratic primary for his 18 year held Senate seat…
The common consensus is that this Race wound up as a Referendum within the Dem party on the Administration's "invade Iraq/war on terror" policies.
Now, for the Record, I've never been a Lieberman fan… he's always seemed to epitomize many of the things I find wrong within the Dem party… you know, the DLC crowd (that's democratic leadership council…not really an official part of the Party structure, aka the DiNos).
The very Interesting aspect of this Race is the quite clear Fact that the Net CAN make a difference in a race… this was Hinted at during the Dean primary campaign in '04…in which the ex-governor of Vermont had a shot until an Intern made the poor decision of sending in a feed that had Dean's microphone on, and NO crowd noise…which, after over 600 plays in a week on CNN alone, made him look like a true blue KooK…
Now, Lieberman is vowing to run for the Senate seat as an Independent… some more cynical double dipping a la his simultaneous VP and Senate runs in '00.
Would that Joe put that aside, but he won't…whether it's from Principle… or whether it is to please his Masters in the Insurance lobby, who've been pulling his strings for years (among others).
This is not to say that your humble Narrator doesn't think that Joe has done some very good things over his 18 years, just that HOW he has done some of it, Why, and in many cases, the nuts and bolts of, What he has done, in totality, doesn't sit that well.
But hey… I don't live in Connecticut, and if he Represented his constituency to their Liking, he gets the Job.
Tonight, the Dems of that state have spoken clearly with their Votes… they want someone else for the Job.
BC's own RJ Elliott did an Article weeks ago about this very Possibility… and, of course, he speculated that the Events of this evening might just lead to a GOP win for the seat in November…
Low probability, but it IS possible… props to RJ.
What excites me is the fact that it appears that the rank and file might just be taking back some control over the Dem Party from the DLC's crusty grip.
And with the state of the Dems these last few years, and some of the blunders their "leadership" have made… this can only be seen as a good Thing for the American political process.
This should make November's elections very Interesting indeed!
Just my one sixth billionths of the World's opinion…
Your mileage may vary.