Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Hopeless Conservatives

John McIntyre in RCP gloats about Lieberman’s loss. (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/blog/2006/08/ct_results_a_disaster_for_demo.html) What is with these Conservatives? Why are they jumping up and down viewing this result as the impeding loss of Democrats in the November election? If anything, it shows the desperation on the part of Republicans about their hopeless electoral prospects in the coming election. Also intellectually it is a dishonest position.

First, who says Lieberman’s opponent Lamont will not win the general election? What if indeed American people are disgusted with the dishonesty going around about the Iraq mess? Further, why these Conservatives assume that Lieberman after wining the election as an independent would be effectively a Republican Senator? He will not be. And the jury is out if 3 way race would indeed benefit the Republican challenger in the CT Senate race.

Why is it so difficult for people to understand that voters turned down Lieberman because he refuses to accept that starting Iraq war was wrong and it was wrong for him to back it originally? Everybody is smart enough to distinguish war as a mistake and the manner of conducting the war. It does not matter how many times Lieberman condemns Pres. Bush’s conduct of Iraq war if he is not ready to cross the Rubicon of understanding deep mistakes committed in starting the war in the first place and it’s continuation. Why should people forgive him when it is such an important question about life and death? It does not matter whether a Democrat or a Republican, unless American leadership understands that it was a mistake to start the Iraq war; there is no salvation for American Politics. American Leadership and American Public got to come to terms with mistakes and losses of Iraq war. Lieberman refuses to do that, refuses to own his own mistakes and hence voters rejected him.

The silly part of these Conservatives is they are not coming forward and defending the war. There they are shy. Instead they are trying to project Lieberman as their proxy and trying to play the same game as like Karl Rove – oh poor Democrats they are again soft on defense…. It does not matter how long American Public takes to understand how wrong such an argument is, those who care to move America beyond the Iraq mess will have to try again and again to call the bluff of this argument. Defeat of Lieberman in the primary is one step along this line.

Umesh Patil
San Jose, CA 95111
August 08, 2006.

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