Sunday, July 30, 2006

NY Times Endorses Lamont

Today's New York Times comes down on the side of the democratic wing of the Democratic Party by endorsing Ned Lamont in the Connecticut Democratic primary.

The Times charges that Joe Lieberman has served as an "enabler" for the Republicans and as a "defender" of the pResident. The newspaper of record observes that the Democrat "has adopted the Bush spin and helped the administration avoid accounting for Abu Ghraib."

The Senator from Connecticut has "forfeited his role as a conscience of his party."

I've pasted some snippets below, but you might want to read Lieberman's comeuppance for yourself.

A Senate Race in Connecticut

This primary would never have happened absent Iraq. It’s true that Mr. Lieberman has fallen in love with his image as the nation’s moral compass. But if pomposity were a disqualification, the Senate would never be able to call a quorum. . .

In his effort to appear above the partisan fray, he has become one of the Bush administration’s most useful allies as the president tries to turn the war on terror into an excuse for radical changes in how this country operates. . .

On the Armed Services Committee, Mr. Lieberman has left it to Republicans like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to investigate the administration’s actions. . .

He seconded Mr. Gonzales’s sneering reference to the “quaint” provisions of the Geneva Conventions. He has shown no interest in prodding his Republican friends into investigating how the administration misled the nation about Iraq’s weapons. There is no use having a senator famous for getting along with Republicans if he never challenges them on issues of profound importance. . .

If Mr. Lieberman had once stood up and taken the lead in saying that there were some places a president had no right to take his country even during a time of war, neither he nor this page would be where we are today. But by suggesting that there is no principled space for that kind of opposition, he has forfeited his role as a conscience of his party, and has forfeited our support.

Mr. Lamont, a wealthy businessman from Greenwich, seems smart and moderate, and he showed spine in challenging the senator while other Democrats groused privately. He does not have his opponent’s grasp of policy yet. But this primary is not about Mr. Lieberman’s legislative record. Instead it has become a referendum on his warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction. We endorse Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for Senate in Connecticut.

Also, see the Joe Lieberman Sucks Video