Magazine article The American Conservative

Joe the Democrat

Magazine article The American Conservative

Joe the Democrat

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Which battles will President Obama pick? What entrenched powers will he appease? Whom will he challenge? Despite their November victory, Democrats do not have a particularly impressive record over the past eight years. They enthusiastically endorsed every rotten initiative that President Bush sent their way: war in Iraq, torture, passing out mortgages to people who could never pay them off. One can find Democrats and Republicans who were right on all these issues, and we'd like for Obama to recognize and elevate them. But that is not what he's doing.

Instead, Obama stage-whispered to Senate Democrats to spare Joe Lieberman the embarrassment of giving up his Homeland Security Committee chairmanship. This is a senator whose mission has been to provide "bipartisan" cover for the Bush disasters. Were it up to him, we'd already be at war with Iran. But otherwise, he's a "good" Democrat, always willing to spend taxpayer dollars.

Democratic voters in Connecticut, sick of his warmongering, tried to oust Lieberman in the previous election cycle and did cost him his party's nomination. …

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