HARTFORD, Conn. Â Sen. Joe Lieberman, who angered Democratic voters with his staunch support of the war in Iraq, on Tuesday narrowly lost his party's nomination to Ned Lamont, an antiwar candidate who was unknown seven months ago.
Lieberman is only the fourth incumbent senator to lose his party's nomination since 1980. He promised to run for a fourth term as an independent candidate. Looking out at his supporters Tuesday night, he beamed and raised a fist defiantly in the air. "The old politics of polarization won today," he said. "For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand."
Joe Lieberman may have lost the battle, but it doesn't mean that he has to lose the war. Joe Lieberman must continue to fight. He must prove that the Democratic party is not beholden to the losing cause that is the extreme-Left's immoral agenda.
The Democrat party is continuing to veer in the wrong direction, serving as nothing but a litmus test for the MoveOn/Howard Dean/Michael Moore-run Left. And if you don't accept their dogma on gay marriage, abortion, Iraq or President Bush, you are deemed a "sellout" and the Left will do any and everything in its power to toss you out like yesterday's garbage.
That's why Joe Lieberman is doing the right thing by continuing to run as an independent. He must not give up. He must not let them win. He must not lose come November.
Lieberman is a far better candidate for our party and his record proves it. Ned Lamont? He's nothing but a cable guy with one thing going for him: the anti-war rage of Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and the other Martians over there. Riding that wave is what got Lamont his slim victory yesrerday, nothing else.
On the other hand Lieberman is a real Democrat who votes with his party 90% of the time. He's open to compromise. He isn't afraid to publicly criticize one of his own. He's a proven winner on free trade. He stands by his principles. He doesn't believe in filibusters. He supports women's rights and affirmative action. He wanted to get rid of Saddam Hussein, an evil dictator responsible for killing thousands of Iraqi's.
As we head to November, Joe Lieberman (already favored to win a 3-way race) needs to stick with his principles, fight for what's right and defeat the evil liberal machine. It's vital to the future of our party that he wins.