Despite my co-blogger's lamentations last night on the Lieberman loss in the CT democratic primary, I see this as nothing short of a "lose-lose" situation for the Democratic party.
The left side of the blogosphere (the "netroots" if you will) have finally been able to point to an electoral victory. Unfortunately for them, it had to be in a Democrat only field. So when it comes to their real power, its only reserved in driving their party further to the left. This will only ensure further electoral defeat in future general elections.
A smattering of liberal bloggers have been trumpeting the results as something of a new shift in politics. At the Daily Kos, kos writes:
We can make a difference, and we will. We have just seen what we can accomplish if we set our minds to it. Now while we'll work to seal the deal in Connecticut, we'll also take our energy, our passion, and yes, even our dollars and use them to teach the ruling Republican ideologues running our country into the ground that they face repercussions for their incompetence.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!! I'm sorry but a strategy used to win a primary does not translate into a general election win.
But don't tell that to Michael Moore, he's taken this as a sign that all the rules have been rewritten, the revolution has begun, and its time to start taking names, and putting people up against the wall.
Wow, thats a lot of Democrats that are going to lose their seats, by my count thats 81 members of Congress and 29 Senators. Whats the real motivation?
Nearly every Democrat set to run for president in 2008 is responsible for this war. They voted for it or they supported it. That single, stupid decision has cost us 2,592 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. Lieberman and Company made a colossal mistake -- and we are going to make sure they pay for that mistake. Payback time started last night.
I realize that there are those like Kerry and Edwards who have now changed their position and are strongly anti-war. Perhaps that switch will be enough for some to support them. For others, like me -- while I'm glad they've seen the light -- their massive error in judgment is, sadly, proof that they are not fit for the job. They sided with Bush, and for that, they may never enter the promised land.[...]
To every Democratic Senator and Congressman who continues to back Bush's War, allow me to inform you that your days in elective office are now numbered. Myself and tens of millions of citizens are going to work hard to actively remove you from any position of power.
Let the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman send a cold shiver down the spine of every Democrat who supported the invasion of Iraq and who continues to support, in any way, this senseless, immoral, unwinnable war. Make no mistake about it: We, the majority of Americans, want this war ended -- and we will actively work to defeat each and every one of you who does not support an immediate end to this war.
Great, I will offer my non-professional advice to the Republican leadership in Congress. Immediately (while its still fresh in their minds) announce another vote on the Murtha proposal calling for an immediate withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq (the "cut and run strategy"). Let the Democrats put their names to which side of the issue they stand on now. Let Michael Moore and the other nutroots, oops sorry, "netroots", understand who should be the ones up against the wall in the upcoming Democratic party purge. Quickly, before the November election campaigns really get started.
Either the current crop of Congress will support the war, and lose their base, or they will not support the troops, and lose the moderates. Either way, they will lose, and control of Congress will remain with the Republicans.
As Dick Morris continually pointed out during the 2004 election, John Kerry continually had to straddle two extremes to try and win the election. He had to be pro-war to the moderate, while being anti-war to his base. Hence the "voted for the war before I voted against it" line. And we saw how well that worked.