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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:26 PM
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Who makes this shit up, ROVE?

From Washington State to Missouri to Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates found themselves on the defensive Wednesday as the Republican Party worked ferociously at every level to try to use the primary defeat of Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut to portray the opposition as the party of weakness and isolation on national security and liberal leanings on domestic policy. Doleful Democrats bemoaned the irony: At a time when Republicans should be back on their heels because of chaos abroad and President Bush's unpopularity, the Democrats' rejection of a sensible, moralistic centrist has handed the GOP a weapon that could have vast ramifications for both the midterm elections of '06 and the big dance of '08.

At breakfast time, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman was in Cleveland, decrying "an unfortunate embrace of isolationism, defeatism, and a blame- America-first attitude by national Democratic leaders at a time when retreating from the world is particularly dangerous." In early afternoon, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told reporters in Crawford, Tex.: "It's a defining moment for the Democratic Party, whose national leaders now have made it clear that if you disagree with the extreme left in their party they're going to come after you." And an hour or so later, Vice President Cheney told wire-service reporters in a conference call: "It's an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy."

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1224692,...


Joementum was dumped for his rampant Bushloving and his departure from TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATIC VALUES, pure and simple.

Anyone with a fully functional brain knows the deal
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HuskerDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:29 PM
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1. The moderate candidate in that primary was the guy who
agreed with most Americans about our most important issue, the Iraq war.
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:32 PM
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2. Classic Republican strategy. Up is down. Black is white. War is...
...peace. Restriction of freedom is protecting freedom, etc., etc., etc. Goebbels would be proud.
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Mayberry Machiavelli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:36 PM
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3. This country will never be right again until we get a real media back.
The most significant VICTORY for real Dems in quite some time is painted as some kind of big strategic advantage for Repubs, when in fact the event shows their days are numbered, in small numbers.

Unbelievable.
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:43 PM
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4. Yes
Here's the plan.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

:eyes:

I wanted to see Mehlman trying to sound enthusiastic about Katherine Harris.
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Pierogi_Pincher Donating Member (323 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:43 PM
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5. One of 'their' missions on earth which 'they' excel at is
spewing twisted, crapful blather.

All my love!

P_P :dem:
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:48 PM
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6. Yep! Lookie here from Media Matters: "News analysis or GOP "fact sheet"?
Edited on Wed Aug-09-06 11:55 PM by Pirate Smile

News analysis or GOP "fact sheet"? Mike Allen's Time column stitched together from Republican talking points

Summary: Rehashing a slew of GOP talking points, Time magazine White House correspondent Mike Allen's online column on Democratic candidate Ned Lamont's victory over Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in the Connecticut Senate primary concluded that Lamont's victory gives Republicans "a potentially powerful new weapon to use against the Democrats this fall."
In an August 9 online column on Democratic candidate Ned Lamont's victory over Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in the Connecticut Senate primary, Time magazine White House correspondent Mike Allen rehashed a slew of GOP talking points and concluded that Lamont's victory gives Republicans "a potentially powerful new weapon to use against the Democrats this fall." Lamont's victory was attributed largely to Lieberman's staunch support of the Bush administration's Iraq war policy -- a position that is not shared by the majority of Americans and the vast majority of Democrats, who view the Iraq war as a mistake, disapprove of Bush's handling of the war, favor setting plans for troop withdrawal, and, according to a recent Washington Post poll, trust Democrats over Republicans on matters of national security and the war on terror.

Nevertheless, Allen wrote:

From Washington State to Missouri to Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates found themselves on the defensive Wednesday as the Republican Party worked ferociously at every level to try to use the primary defeat of Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut to portray the oppposition as the party of weakness and isolation on national security and liberal leanings on domestic policy. Doleful Democrats bemoaned the irony: At a time when Republicans should be back on their heels because of chaos abroad and President Bush's unpopularity, the Democrats' rejection of a sensible, moralistic centrist has handed the GOP a weapon that could have vast ramifications for both the midterm elections of '06 and the big dance of '08.

Apparently, Allen thinks "sensible" means "agreeing with George Bush -- and disagreeing with the American people -- on the most important issues of the day." Allen's language closely echoes an August 9 "RNC Research Briefing" titled: "From FDR to Ned Lamont: The Democrat Party's Transformation from Strength to Weakness." The GOP declared Lieberman to be a Democrat who "Promoted The Doctrine Of Peace Through Strength," while labeling Lamont a Democrat who has "Chosen To Cut-And-Run From The War On Terror".

Allen continued, regurgitating more GOP talking points:

Republican officials, who have had little but bad news for months as Iraq festered and U.S. voters showed increasing signs of pessimism and discontent, said the Ned Lamont victory gave them a chance to paint Democrats as a party that had become captive to the liberal wing symbolized by the MoveOn.org civic action group. Mary Matalin, an outside adviser to the White House, signaled the message when she said on Fox News Channel shortly after the polls closed: "MoveOn is not fringe. They're the heart of the party."

On television and in speeches in coming days, party officials and strategists plan to talk about their respect for Lieberman as a distinguished public servant and argue that Lamont's victory represents the end of the long tradition of strong-on-national-defense Democratic leaders in the mold of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy. The GOP plans to try to broaden the argument beyond Connecticut, a liberal stronghold, and work to convince viewers and voters that Democratic nominees across the country have more in common with Michael Moore and liberal bloggers than Main Street America.


Again, Allen accepted, without question, the false Republican claim that Democrats are dominated by "Michael Moore and liberal bloggers," and are out of touch with "Main Street America" on Iraq and national security, when, in fact, Lamont's opposition to the Iraq war and criticism of Bush's handling of it are positions apparently shared by a majority of Americans.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200608090014

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yellowdogmi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:49 PM
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7. I wish he would drop out.
The GOP are desperate and reaching for straws. But Joe is giving aid and comfort to them by continuing this misguided effort. No offense but when Darth is on your side please leap into the vacum of space.

Snip..
Republicans seized on the results to paint Democrats as careless with the country's security.

Vice President
Dick Cheney said the race showed there is a significant segment of the Democratic Party that wants to return to "a pre-9/11 mind-set."

"It's an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy," Cheney said from Jackson, Wyo.

"When we see the Democratic Party reject one of its own a man they selected to be their vice presidential nominee just a few short years ago that would seem to say a lot about the state the party's in today," he said.
snip

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060810/ap_on_el_se/lieberm...

I have nothing personal against him but do we need this distraction when the midterms are so important. Do the honorable thing Joe and go out and campaign in every district that matters. Show some vision of the importance of retaking the house and senate. You would look nearly as presidential as your former running mate.
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thethinker Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:13 AM
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8. They just don't get it
It is not liberal democrats that are sick of their stupid war - it is 60% of the American people.

Trying to win an election portraying the other guy as "weak on defense" isn't going to cut it this time. That is so yesterday.
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