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Senator Clinton’s Choice

Wednesday, July 5, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From the Washington Post:

“I’ve known Joe Lieberman for more than 30 years. I have been pleased to support him in his campaign for reelection, and hope that he is our party’s nominee,” the former first lady said in a statement issued by aides.

“But I want to be clear that I will support the nominee chosen by Connecticut Democrats in their primary,” Clinton added. “I believe in the Democratic Party, and I believe we must honor the decisions made by Democratic primary voters.”

Senator Clinton’s decision to announce she will abandon Joe Lieberman if the left successfully purges him in the primary tells us many things:

* that Senator Clinton is fundamentally unserious about the war. Lieberman is for winning it. His opponent, Ned Lamont, is for retreat. Clinton obviously does not view victory in the war as worth fighting for beyond a primary;

* that Senator Clinton is very afraid of the party’s “leftroots,” especially Kosputin, the leader of the Lamont campaign. Failure to stand against them now means she won’t stand against them later;

* that Senator Clinton won’t try and save the party from its radical fringe. Joe Lieberman was the Democratic Party’s standard bearer only six years ago, but now he’s the object of a political purge because of his centrist politics. Hillary will wave goodbye rather than take on the fringe;

* and finally, that Joe Lieberman should have stayed home on September 3, 1998

John Podhoretz must be smiling. In  Can She Be Stopped? John argued the absolute necessity of getting Clinton on the record on controversial issue after controversial issue. Here is one of the first times she’s been pushed to declare, and it tells us a lot about Hillary. The party of FDR, Truman and JFK is being pushed over the left cliff, and she pronounces herself bound by the results of a single state’s primary that has been hijacked by the national network of fever swampers.

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