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Monday, July 31, 2006
Delawareliberal Welcomes Disgusted Republicans
You know who you are. Pull up a chair and make yourself at home. To become the party-in-power, the Democrats have to get 5-10% of the electorate to migrate from the Republicans to the Democrats. Since they are Republicans now, that portion of the electorate is more conservative than most Democrats.
This migration is possible now, because the Republican Party has become repulsive to decency and rationality and secularism. Republicans stand for torture, national bankruptcy, corrupt crony capitalism unbound, and authoritarianism.
The existing right-wing of the Democratic Party, however, has been accomodationist. There's no more prominent example of a Vichy Democrat that Joe. Joe, representing the old Democratic Right, loves Republicanism; the New Democratic Right will consist of former Republican, who are conservative, but HATE Republicanism. Joe was right there defending the fantasy foreign policy in Iraq and Terry Schiavo and so on.
It is not just that Joe's dessicated liberalism is no longer compatible with the emergence of a liberal vision of a just society, it is that he is not the kind of conservative, who will attract the conservatives, who find themselves repulsed by the current Republican Party.
Webb in Virginia, Tester in Montana, Lamont in Connecticut -- Kos of DailyKos fame, Howard Dean, represent a New Democratic Right. (Or Center, if you prefer). They are not pissed off at the excesses of the 60's. They are pissed off about Bush and the excesses of Republicans, now. They are a magnet for people being expelled from the Republican Party by those excesses.
It is Lieberman's way of being a conservative Democrat, which is no longer wanted. It is standing in the way of the long-term project of building a Democratic majority.
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