In most every election there is a winner and there is a loser. Yesterday in Connecticut the Democrats won and the Republicans lost. Their attempts to fix the Democratic primary in that state failed miserably, and they are quite upset about it. They must be, for their party chairman to come out with a statement as stupid, hateful and idiotic as this:
In Cleveland, Republican Party chairman Ken Mehlman seized on the results in the Connecticut primary to assail the Democrats on national security and called Lieberman’s defeat a “shame.”
“Joe Lieberman believed in a strong national defense, and for that, he was purged from his party. It is a sobering moment,” Ken Mehlman said.
The Republican National Committee chairman said Lieberman’s loss also is a “sign of what the Democratic Party has become in the 21st century. It reflects an unfortunate embrace of isolationism, defeatism and a blame America first attitude by national Democratic leaders at a time when retreating from the world is particularly dangerous.”
If that is the horse the Republicans are going to hitch their wagon to, they had better get used to losing elections. They’re going to be losing a lot of them in the next few months.
Don’t Republicans ever have anything positive to say? Why must they constantly be so dang negative? Everything to them is doom, doom, doom.
Meanwhile, DNC Chairman Howard Dean had this to say:
“In Connecticut, Democratic voters exercised their most fundamental right as Americans, choosing Ned Lamont as the Democratic nominee. We congratulate Mr. Lamont and look forward to working with him both to ensure his victory in November and as a United States Senator. Senator Joe Lieberman has served the people of Connecticut admirably for the last 18 years and always stood up for what he believed in. It was a hard fought campaign, and the Democratic voters of Connecticut have made their choice.”
Finally, something positive.
The Democratic voters of Connecticut have made their choice, though Joe Lieberman, much like his Republican friends, is having difficulty accepting that choice. He announced today that he will be staging an independent campaign. There is still time to contact Senator Lieberman and politely ask him to abide by the decision of the voters in his state. Nicely remind him that the Democratic Party supported him during his 18 years as a U.S. Senator (we even nominated him to be vice president once), and it is now his turn to support the Democratic Party.
According to a close Lieberman adviser, the President’s political guru, Karl Rove, has reached out to the Lieberman camp with a message straight from the Oval Office: “The boss wants to help. Whatever we can do, we will do.”
Update: I think Christy Hardin Smith has the definitive blog entry this morning. Go, read.
Update #2: Also read “Lieberman Lost the Old-Fashioned Way.”
(linked to Beltway Traffic Jam)