The passion and energy fueling the antiwar challenge to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in Connecticut's Senate primary signal a power shift inside the Democratic Party that could reshape the politics of national security and dramatically alter the battle for the party's 2008 presidential nomination, according to strategists in both political
A victory by businessman Ned Lamont on Tuesday would confirm the growing strength of the grass-roots and Internet activists who first emerged in Howard Dean's presidential campaign. Driven by intense anger at President Bush and fierce opposition to the Iraq war, they are on the brink of claiming their most significant political triumph, one that will reverberate far beyond the borders here if Lieberman loses.
Lieberman, who is Jewish, is a strong supporter of Israel as is President Bush. Hezbullah, the Muslim terrorist group Israel is currently fighting in Lebanon, along with Iran's radical Muslim president, have vowed to erase Israel from the map. The Democrat Party has traditionally been a strong supporter of Israel, and most American Jews have up to now identified themselves with the Democrat Party by at least a two-to-one margin.
It is now beginning to appear likely that Lieberman will lose the Democrat nomination to his anti-war opponent Lamont. Lieberman has vowed to run as an independent if he loses his bid for re-nomination. While it is easy to stand up and say you are against the war, it is tougher to think of the consequences of doing nothing. Lieberman understands that the very survival of Israel is at stake, as well as our country. Radical Muslims are devoted not only to rubbing out Isreal, but also America.
I don't like the war in Iraq. I don't like Israel's war against Hezbullah. But when I look at the consequences of doing nothing in the face of an opposition that is committed to the annihalation of everything I treasure, I choose the lesser of the two evils. If Joe Lieberman loses because Democrats don't think he's anti-war enough, then all of America loses in our battle against our real enemy. Democrat activists need to wake up and accept the reality of who our real enemy is. Any freedom-loving person should have no problem comprehending this reality.