It’s official, the only person who I would have even considered voting for if I was forced to vote for a member of the Democratic Party dropped out today after some disappointing losses. I hope Al Gore is happy that he turned his back on his old running mate to endorse a real winner. I guess normal, experienced, well-spoken candidates with integrity and consistent viewpoints on major issues are not warmly embraced by Democrats these days.
Why the hell would you endorse Lieberman? Seriously. Not a rhetorical question.
I heart Edwards. I say, Kerry/Edwards ticket, and Edwards gets to be Prez in 4-8 yrs.
Aside from the reasons mentioned above (experienced/consistent) most of my respect for him comes from the fact that he didn’t pander to the Democratic voters the way the other candidates did (which most certainly hurt him in the election).
When it was popular to be anti-war, Dean became Mr. Anti War and didn’t mention anything about the fact that he supported the Biden-Lugar resolution which would have given the President the power to send military forces into Iraq without further resolutions.
Similarly, Kerry and Clark have had an awful time keeping their record on the war straight. Quotes and votes come back from their past to haunt them on a semi-regular basis.
Leiberman has seemed to keep his nose clean, and keep consistent on the issues. I don’t agree with most of them, but I do appreciate that he’s a little more moderate than many Democrats (he doesn’t, for example, support a fully socialized medicine plan as far as I know).
I’m unclear as to whether you liked Lieberman because he didn’t pander to Democrats at all, or didn’t pander to Democrats in a certain manner.
As for his moderate politics, I suppose that’s something that I disliked about him – but we’re well aware of our differing political views so I suppose it comes as no surprise that we’d support different Dem candidates.
Regarding the Iraq resolution – I’m going to have to just deal with the turncoat peaceniks running for the Dem nomination now.
Lieberman would routinely use “The Republicans can’t run their usual playbook on me. I’m tough on morals, I’m tough on faith based issues, I’m tough on . . ” Blah, blah, blah and should’ve just said, “The reason Republicans cannot use their usual playbook on me, is because I am, in fact, a Republican.” Who would vote for Lieberman over Bush when he echoes many of Bush’s most important positions?
Anyway, I also don’t see any major inconsistency with voting for the Iraq resolution and then opposing the Iraq War, since the resolution didn’t say something declare war on Iraq, only specified that Bush could have the authority if needed. The “if needed” is where Kerry, Edwards & Co. can rightly take issue. It can also be said that they supported the war based on Bush’s faulty intelligence. Since Bush is at the helm of the ship, he’s responsible for this, as well.
As to Al Gore, he f’d up by picking a candidate too early, and really messed up for not even calling Lieberman to tell him of his endorsement before Lieberman heard it on the news.
All it takes is a quick flip through his website to see that he’s no Republican:
The “tax fairness plan”? Maybe your opinion of Bush’s most important positions is different from mine.