Joementum In The Balance
By Ed Driscoll · August 6, 2006 11:02 PM · Bobos In Paradise · Democracy In America · War And Anti-War
One of the most astonishing exchanges in recent memory from an editor of a political journal, to his counterpart on the other side of the aisle in talk radio and journalism occurred last week. The conversation was between Martin Peretz, the editor of the center-left New Republic, and Hugh Hewitt, his counterpart on the center right, on Hugh's popular radio show:
HH: Do you want the Democrats to win majorities in the House or the Senate, Martin Peretz?(You can hear the original audio here, if you like.) In The Wall Street Journal's online Opinion Journal, Peretz clarifies his fears:
If Mr. Lieberman goes down, the thought-enforcers of the left will target other centrists as if the center was the locus of a terrible heresy, an emphasis on national strength. Of course, they cannot touch Hillary Clinton, who lists rightward and then leftward so dexterously that she eludes positioning. Not so Mr. Lieberman. He does not camouflage his opinions. He does not play for safety, which is why he is now unsafe.While Karl Rove the strategist may be licking his chops, a Lieberman loss does not sound like it would please Richard H. Shriver, who served both the Ford and Reagan White Houses:
I spent a good portion of my life working to eliminate or replace one-party systems in the world. So it is with mixed emotions I watch the Democratic Party continue to lop off its nose in order to spite its face.As Peretz writes:
The blogosphere Democrats, whose victory Mr. Lamont's will be if Mr. Lamont wins, have made Iraq the litmus test for incumbents. There are many reasonable, and even correct, reproofs that one may have for the conduct of the war. They are, to be sure, all retrospective. But one fault cannot be attributed to the U.S., and that is that we are on the wrong side. We are at war in a just cause, to protect the vulnerable masses of the country from the helter-skelter ideological and religious mass-murderers in their midst. Our enemies are not progressive peasants as was imagined three and four decades ago.In a post on Friday, National Review editor Rich Lowry paints a grim picture for Lieberman--hopefully, he's wrong; if not this Tuesday, then in November.
Related: "Confirmed: Lieberman campaign didnít coin the term 'LieberYouth'".
Update (8/8/06): Astonishingly, ABC's Cokie Roberts sounds like she agrees with Peretz.
Meanwhile, guest blogging for Hugh Hewitt, Dean Barnett has the answers to the the Top Ten Lieberman/Lamont questions. And finally, Mickey Kaus steps back from the Lieberman/Lamont race to look at the bigger picture: the future of the Democrats.
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