I was flipping through the channels briefly this evening and caught Sean Hannity saying that if the Connecticut primary race had been held next Tuesday rather than yesterday, Lieberman probably would have won.
Just think, Joe Lieberman might not then have been blasting his constituents and the Democratic Party as well as Ned Lamont as appeasers of terrorism. Those words are going to be tough for Lieberman to walk back when he realizes he’s ticked off a good number of Dems and Independents who thought Lieberman was more judicious and thoughtful than his knee-jerk outbursts demonstrated.
But Hannity’s comment was actually useful.
Can Lieberman win without FEAR? Can Cheney and Rove win another election without FEAR?
Can Fox News stay in business without FEAR?
When Joe Lieberman can’t win a race in a party for whom he was nominated to run as its Vice Presidential nominee without stoking fear, it’s time to go.
Lieberman’s complicity in the Bush Middle East crusade in addition to a startling lack of compassion for the victims of this war on all sides and introspection about the mistakes made has contributed to the worsening of our situation abroad, has undermined America’s stature and capacity to influence world events, and has helped fuel terrorism.
The Brits and Pakistani intelligence services deserve enormous thanks and applause for their good work in catching those involved with trying to bring us another round of shocking airline terrorism. But this attack — though thwarted — shows that we have done precious little to actually undo the dynamics that lead young men into complex suicidal attacks on our society. Bush and his team should be held accountable for this lack of progress — and Lieberman is part of that team.
Again, when fear is all Cheney or Hannity or Lieberman have, it’s time to show them the exit.
— Steve Clemons