Lieberman's no Jumpin' Jim Jeffords
Sorry, but I'm in a foul mood over this!
Remember back in 2001 when the Senate was split 50/50, but Republicans controlled the Senate because of Dick Cheney's tie-breaking vote? Jumpin' Jim Jeffords (RINO-VT) bolted the GOP for politically opportune reasons, specifically a committee chair and better positioning to run for governor of Vermont in 2006 or 2008. His defection led to the Senate switching sides to the Democrats, an aberration that the electorate corrected the following year.
Anyway, the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) heaped praise on Jumpin' Jim, gushing like Bill Clinton on Monica's blue dress. "He's a man of principle!" they exclaimed. "He's rejecting the extremism of his former party!"
Fast forward to 2005. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) is fighting for his principles, but (surprise, surprise) his party doesn't quite see it that way. He has quickly become persona non grata among Democrats. Details:
Five years after running as the vice-presidential nominee on the Democratic ticket and a year after his own presidential bid, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut has become an increasingly unwelcome figure within his party, with some Democrats seeing him more as a wayward son than a favorite son.Keep in mind, Lieberman was a few hundred dimpled chads away from being #2, and the man he lost to is the same man he now defends in the war for our survival. Joe is able to separate his personal feelings about Bush with his feelings about America and her best interests. Continuing:
In the last few days, the senator has riled Democratic activists and politicians here and in his home state with his vigorous defense of President Bush's handling of the Iraq war at a time some Democrats are pressuring the administration to begin a withdrawal.
Mr. Lieberman particularly infuriated his colleagues when he pointed out at a conference here that President Bush would be commander in chief for three more years and said that "it's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that."
"We undermine the president's credibility at our nation's peril," Mr. Lieberman said.
"Senator Reid has a lot of respect for Senator Lieberman," said Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman. "But he feels that Senator Lieberman's position on Iraq is at odds with many Americans."By "many Americans", Reid means MoveOn, CodePink, the MSM, and other Sheehanistas out there. Recently, public opinion polls have begun shifting in Bush's favor. Sure, he has more work to do, but I believe that Americans are increasingly aware of what's at stake in Iraq, and how the Dems are actively cheering for our defeat there. Continuing:
"The positive and negative reactions may have less to do with the substance of what I said than with the fact that a Democrat is saying it," Mr. Lieberman said. "It reflects the terribly divisive state of our politics."Yes, it does, Joe. It's just sick that your party cares more about your party than the country. But...but...they really do support the troops! Anyway, this is amusing:
James H. Dean, brother of Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, lives in Connecticut and heads Democracy for America, a group that is gathering signatures on the Internet for a letter that criticizes the senator.I wouldn't worry about the Sausage King, Joe. Plus, if he's even consumed a fraction of the Crazy Juice that his brother Howie has, then he'll be about as dangerous as Barnie Frank in a pillowfighting (not "pillowbiting") contest.
So as you can see, when Jumpin' Jim leaves the GOP, it's due to "uncompromising principles", but when Joe Lieberman puts his country before his party, he's somehow...violating his principles? Huh?
The left has painted itself into a corner here. America is watching you leftist assholes wipe your backsides with the American flag, especially by implying that our soldiers are "terrorists" and saying that they're incapable of military victory in Iraq. We'll remember that next year at the polls, you pinkos! After you get your asses handed to you for the umpteenth time in a row next year, will you learn a damned thing from it, or will you guarantee that you will continue to remain irrelevant in politics by listening to your moonbat base? If history is any indicator, you schmucks are in trouble.