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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

No Longer Strange Bedfellows

A few years back the far left of the world, the heavy duty liberals who weren't part of the Democratic party, and the party fought over ballot access. Specifically, the far left was fighting to get Ralph Nader on all 50 ballots based on his 2000 performance for the Green Party.

The mainstream Democrats of the time fought, spending millions, to keep Nader off the ballot in most battleground states, because they blamed him for causing the 2000 election to be lost.

Today, though, the forces have united, and again over ballot access. This time, though, both sides are fighting to keep someone off the ballot, Joe Lieberman.

That's right, groups who two short years ago fought it out in courts in half a dozen states over the ideology of ballot access have teamed up, both sides evidently deciding that keeping someone off the ballot is okay.

Lieberman, of course, has to go, according to both groups. The far left anti-war activists who are trying to have him removed can't have their poster child Ned Lamont getting beat in the general election. It would ruin that whole aura set up by his primary win.

The mainstream democrats want him tossed from the party, according to the Washington Post. They are looking for party "unity" around Lamont, and besides, they are running out of knives for Joe's back.

It will be interesting to watch how the anti-war activists, who two years ago rallied behind Nader's ballot access cause explain that now they want to keep someone off the ballot.

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Blogger Stacy said...

I adore Liebermann, he was the recipient of my Manly Man Monday award. If he chooses to run as an independent in '08, I'd seriously consider voting for him. How his party has treated him is unforgiveable, but not surprising. They unhinged their jaws and devoured him whole.

12:10 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I do not agree with Lieberman on everything, but I will be the first to say that he is a man of principal, and we can use of few more of them. Granted, some of those principals are wrong but he is at least true and honest about what he believes. Perhaps that is what scares the KOSsacks.

7:20 PM  
Blogger ablur said...

With all the hoopla Joe would be a fool not to run. The picture has been painted pointing to him as the winner. Both groups as you point out already realize they can't beat him and are having to find alternative ways to drive him out.
Joe might not be someone who supports my beliefs but he is a known constant that has served stead fast in difficult times. I look forward to his win.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

How terrific will it be when all of his former DNC friends bail on him . . . then he wins the election!

You Go Joe!

12:02 AM  

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