It's No Longer Your Father's Democratic Party
What Happened To "Pay Any Price, Bear Any Burden?"
By California Yankee Posted in 2008 | Democrats | Joe Lieberman | John McCain — Comments (35) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Senator Joe Lieberman, the Democratic Party's Vice Presidential nominee in 2000, succinctly described the sad devolution of the Democratic Party:
Well, I say that the Democratic Party changed.
The Democratic Party today was not the party it was in 2000. It's not the Bill Clinton-Al Gore party, which was strong internationalists, strong on defense, pro-trade, pro-reform in our domestic government. It's been effectively taken over by a small group on the left of the party that is protectionist, isolationist and basically will --and very, very hyperpartisan. So it pains me.
I'm a Democrat who came to the party in the era of President John F. Kennedy. It's a strange turn of the road when I find among the candidates running this year that the one, in my opinion, closest to the Kennedy legacy, the John F. Kennedy legacy, is John S. McCain.
Watch the following video of the exchange between Senator Lieberman and George Stephanopoulos:
Michael Scherer gets it very wrong when he attributes Lieberman's critique to revenge against the antiwar radicals who rebelled against Senator Liberal during his reelection campaign in 2006. The Senator was reelected because he taken a strong principled stand seeking victory in the war the Islamic extremists continue to wage against America. It's really too bad the Democratic Party is now controlled by the same type of left-wing Liberal/Progressive radicals that tried, and failed, to defeat Senator Lieberman. Lieberman's description of the small left-wing cabal that has steered the Democratic Party away from Kennedy's "pay any price, bear any burden," is exactly right.
He's my Senator and I'm glad he is.