Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Who's Angry Now?

Not surprisingly, Republicans are anxious to make the case that Democrats have lost hold of the center and are in danger of fracturing in the wake of Joe Leberman's loss to Ned Lamont in yesterday's primary.
Well, let's see. How are "Third Way" Democrats reacting? Here's what Simon Rosenberg at the New Democratic Network has to say:
The “Third Way” political approach doesn’t fit our time. The conservatives rise to power, and their utter failure to govern responsibly or effectively, requires a new progressive politics of confrontation, not accommodation.
Yes, we all yearn for a kinder, gentler politics:
I have great sympathy for those wishing our politics could be more genteel, where both sides could come together to work things out for the common good.
Rosenberg concludes that Lieberman should step aside:
It is time, my good friend. Senator Lieberman, it is time. Time to end this part of your remarkable career with dignity, grace and honor. You had a great run, made a great contribution, and done a lot of good. But it is time to move on.
Compare and contrast with this reaction to the defeat of GOP moderate Joe Schwartz from the Republican Main Street Partnership, led by Mike Castle, as reported by Dave at First State Politics:
“The Club for Growth’s vicious and deceptive campaign against Congressman Joe Schwarz shows just how far the Club will go to destroy our party. Congressman Schwarz’s loss tonight is a loss for Reagan Republicans everywhere.”
So a leading Republican centrist organization decries the defeat of one of their own while a leading Democratic centrist organization accepts the result and calls for unity behind the nominee. Could it be that Democrats are holding things together better than Republicans are?

2 Comments:

Blogger jason said...

The “Third Way” political approach doesn’t fit our time. The conservatives rise to power, and their utter failure to govern responsibly or effectively, requires a new progressive politics of confrontation, not accommodation.

Why is this plain as day to everyone expect Tom Carper?

9:20 PM, August 09, 2006  
Anonymous jason said...

I certainly expect Carper.

9:08 AM, August 10, 2006  

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