Friday, July 28, 2006

Senator Joseph Lieberman, Daily Kos, and the Future of the Democratic Party

I've never really paid that much attention to The Daily Kos. I don't like its politics and I don't care for its publisher, Markos Moulitsas. But I'm feeling some pangs of anger toward Kos now, after watching this Nightline episode covering Moulitsas' blog campaign to defeat Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.

Lieberman's in
the final leg of his primary campaign against insurgent challenger Ned Lamont. For my earlier post on Lieberman's primary challenge, click here. Daily Kos has pledged the defeat of Lieberman to be one of its top political priorities in this year's election season. The reason? Lieberman has emerged as the Senate's top Democrat supporting the American project of democracy-building in Iraq. Lieberman published an important essay in the Wall Street Journal last November after visiting Iraq, arguing against a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country. Here's what Liberman said of Iraq, following the nation's January 2005 elections:

In the face of terrorist threats and escalating violence, eight million Iraqis voted for their interim national government in January, almost 10 million participated in the referendum on their new constitution in October, and even more than that are expected to vote in the elections for a full-term government on Dec. 15. Every time the 27 million Iraqis have been given the chance since Saddam was overthrown, they have voted for self-government and hope over the violence and hatred the 10,000 terrorists offer them. Most encouraging has been the behavior of the Sunni community, which, when disappointed by the proposed constitution, registered to vote and went to the polls instead of taking up arms and going to the streets. Last week, I was thrilled to see a vigorous political campaign, and a large number of independent television stations and newspapers covering it. None of these remarkable changes would have happened without the coalition forces led by the U.S. And, I am convinced, almost all of the progress in Iraq and throughout the Middle East will be lost if those forces are withdrawn faster than the Iraqi military is capable of securing the country.
Lieberman's commitment to America's Iraq project steams Daily Kos, the main representative of the netroot's liberal blogosphere, and, more importantly, the antiwar faction of the Democratic Party. The problem, of course, is that Moulitsas' views actually aid and abet terrorism, and it would be a disaster for American foreign policy should the Kos cut-and-run vision triumph in a Democratic takeover of Congress this fall.

Fortunately though, Kos-led netroot activists have been unable to develop a compelling campaign platform to rival that of the GOPs "Contract with America" from 1994, a point noted in David Broder's June 22 essay on the Yearly Kos convention in Las Vegas. Daily Kos' infuence is further belittled in this New York Magazine essay, where John Heileman dismisses Moulitsas as "purity-enforcing commissar" for the Democrats and the "self-appointed head of the blogitburo." I would add, further, that Moulitsas is an egomaniac who doesn't know much about political strategy. If Heileman's right, the Moulitsas agenda will alienate mainstream American opinion and further relegate the Democrats to political obscurity and irrelevance. Let's hope so.


a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

So far Kos and his "legions" haven't backed a winner. I hope it is due to the extremeness of their views.

We just cannot let those that oppose reality so vehemently to have any true effect on the actual world. Unfortunately they seem to form the opinion.

Donald Douglas said...

Hi Urbane One!

Thanks for commenting. We'll see how things turn out for Kos and the Democrats -- first with the Lieberman primary and, of course, in November.

Take it easy.

Jon said...

The more the left continue to attack the Republicans without actually offering a solution that they can actually deliver to more they will continue to lose in most of the elections.

Donald Douglas said...

Hi Jon!

Thanks for stopping by.

I'm not too worried about the November elections, but you never know, what with all the negative coverage of Iraq and war in the Middle East. The voters might decide to "throw the bums out," even though the Dems have got no plan for improving the economy or fighting the war on terror.

Take care.

Jon said...

I like reading your blog and you are right, I wouldn't mind if all the voters just voted in the challenger in every election nationwide and we clean up Washington one Congressional seat at a time. :)

prying1 said...

I heard on the rafdio today that the Dems will present their "PLAN" in August. You know the "PLAN". The one they have not yet revealed since Bush took office.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Jon!

Donald Douglas said...

Hi Paul!

Well, if it's Murtha's or Pelosi's plan, the American people can do without!

Take care.

Michelle - You Are Glowing said...

What, no hope for Hillary??? Enjoyed your blog, thank you! and Good work

Jon said...

Hilary Rotten Clinton really doesn't have much chance on win election in 2008, she doesn't have the full support of the Democrats and she doesn't have the support of the Independants. She would have a tough time winning without her full support of her party.

Not that I would be upset if she was to get the Democrats nomination, because then I would see an fairly easy win for the Republicans in 2008. :)