Blogging around: More Lieberman. Middle East disconnect on the left? Local Georgia race for Governor

Jay Lapidus at The Radical Middle is curious as to where Ned Lamont’s position on Iran/Hezbollah is.  After all, Lieberman is completely engaged in that and other issues of world importance.  Its one of the things a Senator does.

NewDonkey provides a bit of insight into the latest round of unrest in the Middle East:

The growing conflagration in the Middle East has more dimensions than any of us can count, and I don’t pretend to be an expert on the history, politics and culture of that region. But while watching the latest developments unfold like the worst of recurring nightmares, I was drawn to re-read the ominous Washington Post op-ed by Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, published on July 11. Here’s the key passage:

If Israel will not allow Palestinians to live in peace, dignity and national integrity, Israelis themselves will not be able to enjoy those same rights…. If Israel is prepared to negotiate seriously and fairly, and resolve the core 1948 issues, rather than the secondary ones from 1967, a fair and permanent peace is possible.

Haniyeh could not have made it much plainer that the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank–the “secondary” issue created by the Six-Day War of 1967–is not the main Palestinian grievance with Israel. Thus, the particular way in which Israel has sought, unilaterally, to end this occupation–exactly which Jewish settlements remain, and exactly where the famous “fence” will run–is not really the cause of the latest attacks on Israel from Gaza. And the central “1948 issue” isn’t even so much where a Palestinian capital will be established, and how much territory it will possess: it’s the so-called “Right of Return” of displaced Palestinians and their successors, which is fundamentally incompatible with the existence of a Jewish State.

Keep in mind that the refusal to compromise on the “Right of Return” was the primary argument Yasir Arafat advanced for his fateful rejection in 2000 of a territorial settlement far more generous than any Israeli government will ever again offer.

…and DLC blogmate BullMoose takes the left to task for their non-support of Israel’s right to defend themselves:

And what of the so-called progressive blogosphere? At best, there is moral ambiguity. While they can easily rant and rail about the misdeeds of the Bushies, even the more thoughtful bloggers can only lament how “complex” the issue is. However, posts and discussion threads are usually toxic wast dumps for anti-Israel garbage.

The lefties claim that they are resolute terror fighters – they boast that they supported the Afghanistan war. Yet, Israel is removing terrorist havens just as America did in Afghanistan. But where is the full throated support for Israel’s actions from the bloggers?

Democratic pro-Israel politicians who have become enamored with the blogosphere take note – is there one major left blog that is unabashedly supportive of Israel? The lefty bloggers are not just upset about the Iraq war, they are resistant to any serious effort to combat terrorism – including Israel’s right to self-defense. If you want to find the most visible anti- Israel sentiment in the Democratic Party, take a trip around the left wing blogosphere that is so heralded and pandered to these days.

The far left claim they are not one issue voters, yet time and time again it is proven their sole motivation is, indeed, one issue:  the war in Iraq.  In regards to how the left has tried to paint Joe Lieberman as some kind of neocon, Lieberdem points to the new National Journal rankings of Congress:

Here are a few inconvenient (at least to Lieberman’s opponents) truths about Senator Lieberman’s voting record.

The National Journal is a non-partisan publication that puts out a vote ranking each year which looks at how each member of the Senate and Congress votes on key issues in three broad categories: economic issues, social issues, and foreign policy. The members of each House are then ranked in relation to one another from most liberal to most conservative.

The NJ rankings are generally accepted as the standard of determining where members of Congress lie on the political spectrum.

if you take out those strongly Iraq-tinted foreign policy votes, Lieberman comes out far more liberal than his detractors claim.

On social policy matters, Lieberman’s liberal ranking was better than 14 other Democrats, including Minority Leader Harry Reid.

On economic matters, Lieberman came out as more liberal than fully 20 other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, with a liberal score of 74 out of 100 – even better than liberal Democratic stalwarts like Maria Cantwell, Herb Kohl, Daniel Inouye, Daniel Akaka, and Debbie Stabenow.

Of course, Lieberman’s voting record was also far to the left of every Republican in both of these areas, and if you look at his vote ratings from key interest groups, Lieberman’s record looks yet more progressive.

Lieberdem then gives a well researched breakdown of Lieberman’s ratings from various liberal and conservative organizations.  Eye-opening to say the least.

Locally (for me, anyway), the races in Georgia are getting a tad nasty – especially the race for the Democratic nominee for Governor.  I wish Democrats would go after Republicans the way Secretary of State Cathy Cox and Lt. Governor Mark Taylor have been tearing each other new ones. 

Being the “good” Democrat that I am, I won’t endorse anyone in primary race, but I will say that I know both candidates, and Georgia will do well with either one of them as Governor.  That being said, there is news this morning

Andre Walker’s fine Georgia political blog Geogia Unfiltered provides the lowdown on the latest InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll:

The latest InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research survey shows the Democratic race for governor trending heavily toward Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor…

If the Democratic primary for governor were held today, and the candidates were Cathy Cox and Mark Taylor, would you vote for…

Taylor – 53 percent
Cox – 41 percent
Undecided – 6 percent

The poll was conducted July 12-13, 2006. Sample size – 500 likely Democratic primary voters. Weighted for age, race and gender. Margin or error plus/minus 4 percent.

Walker also points out the Cox campaign is asking Republicans to cross over and vote for her in the Democratic primary.  In an e-mail sent out today to her supporters, the Cox campaign asks them to do the following:

We need your vote next Tuesday July 18th, but we also need you to spread the word to family and friends who might not traditionally vote in the Democratic Primary. Remind them that, in Georgia, there is no such thing as a “registered” Democrat or Republican – and that voters are free to select either ballot at the polls.

So spread the word far and wide – and make sure you include your Republican and Independent friends as well – that Cathy Cox is the clear choice to move Georgia forward. Urge them to ask for a Democratic ballot next Tuesday and help make Cathy our next governor.

Not a bad strategy considering the wave of Republican defections around the country. Moderate Republicans definitely have the power and the motive to sway elections this season.  




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