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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:27 PM
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Cheney: Lieberman loss 'disturbing', because al Qaeda is...
more: http://thinkprogress.org/2006/08/10/cheney-ct /

Cheney: Lieberman Loss Disturbing Because al Qaeda Is Betting They Can Break The Will of The American People
As the Mideast sits on the brink of regional war, Vice President Dick Cheney spent his time yesterday holding a teleconference to discuss the outcome of the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut.

Cheney said that to purge a man like Joe Lieberman was of concern, especially over the issue of Joes support with respect to national efforts in the global war on terror. He explained:

The thing thats partly disturbing about it is the fact that, the standpoint of our adversaries, if you will, in this conflict, and the al Qaeda types, they clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task.

Cheneys argument assumes that the war in Iraq is helping the United States defeat terrorists. Hes wrong. His own State Department found last April that Iraq had become a safe haven for terrorists.....
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:30 PM
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1. So, wacko Islamic fundamentalists were backing the Jewish candidate?
They've probably invested heavily in pork futures, too.

:tinfoilhat:
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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:30 PM
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2. Go fuck yourself, asshole
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:31 PM by kurth
Why is this guy getting the very best of health care at our expense?
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:32 PM
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3. haven't heard a word from The Dick until Joey fell down....
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:33 PM
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4. Well, there you have it.
This should put to rest any doubts anyone might have about Dick 'Wonder-shot' Cheney.

This man is a One-Trick Pony. The kind that will show up at the circus, kick the clown in the butt and run off stage.

That's all he knows: to scare monger, instill fear and terror in peoples' hearts. Then he hides behind peoples' fears and grabs.....money...contracts.....

Re: purge. Dick should know about that....
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:35 PM
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5. Wow...who knew that Al Qaeda was shaking
in their boots with the thought that Joe Lieberman would be returning to the Senate for another 6 years!? I had no idea they were that afraid of Joe! Maybe we should send Joe to the terrorist camps. I'll be he could make them all surrender.

:sarcasm:
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:57 PM
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6. The last refuge of a scoundrel sought by Five-Deferment Dick.
Oh, please. :eyes: We've heard this tune before. When Max Cleland didn't support George W. Bush's preferred version of the Homeland Security Department bill, he was tarred as weak on national security. Basically, it's some variation on responsibility and strength equal Republicans, and irresponsibility and weakness equal the Democrats.

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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:02 PM
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7. " ... is betting," so you have Al-Qaida's ear? Give me a break.
Jeez oh Pete, already.
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fencesitter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:13 PM
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8. The Rovian spin machine begins..
Joe's loss = anti war, left wing "cut n run", blame America first Democrats hijacking sensible, realistic and responsible Americans, = the terrorists won.
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:33 PM
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9. "Someone" at the DLC site was talking about "purging" Lieberman
This is the biggest load of crap and I don't think any self-respecting Democrat could be associated with them.... (and then they talk about party "unity" - it's off the charts)


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | June 2, 2006

The Return of Liberal Fundamentalism

Democrats are rightly enthusiastic about the opportunities afforded in this fall's midterm elections to recapture control of Congress and reverse the narrow Republican advantage of the last two electoral cycles. But there's an undertow that could undermine the potential Democratic tide: efforts by some Democratic activists and organizations to introduce ideological litmus tests for elected officials and intimidate or even purge those who do not meet a narrow definition of what makes a "real Democrat." These efforts not only threaten party unity and divert attention and resources from the broader goal of defeating Republicans; they also signal an intolerance toward dissent and diversity that can repel voters and make an enduring Democratic majority more difficult to achieve.

This phenomenon is best illustrated by the nationally driven campaign to deny re-nomination to Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), with MoveOn.org and Democracy for America (an organization founded by DNC chairman Howard Dean and now run by his brother, Jim) playing an especially active role in recruiting money and volunteers for the challenger, Ned Lamont.

We deplore this purge effort because Joe Lieberman is an outstanding and respected U.S. Senator. He is a man of utmost integrity who speaks and governs by his values and principles, even when they lead him against the popular tide -- as he did when he went to Mississippi to fight for civil rights in 1964. He is a man who always puts his country above his party or his personal interests. Those are qualities we should cherish, not disdain, in today's far too polarized politics. We need more, not fewer, people with Joe Lieberman's character in the Democratic Party.

Lieberman served as DLC chairman for six years, handing over the gavel to Sen. Evan Bayh after the 2000 presidential elections. But opposition to this kind of intra-party purge is also a matter of tradition for us: One of the major reasons for the DLC's founding in 1985 was to resist what we called "liberal fundamentalism," a conformist tendency to stifle dissent among Democrats and require adherence to litmus tests devised by interest groups and ideological advocates. The Democratic Party today is far more unified in its basic values and policy positions than it was two decades ago, and also urgently needs to expand its electoral and geographical base. There's less of an excuse than ever to indulge in liberal fundamentalism, litmus tests, intimidation of dissenters, and purges, and much more to lose from shrinking the party's big tent....

http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=253901&kaid=13...
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