Saturday, August 12, 2006

Time to Move On

Joe Lieberman is a traitor, to the Democratic Party and to the fundamental meanings of our principles. We all knew this for a long time. Lieberman brings out tons of anger in me, like many of you. We need to make sure that Lamont wins the general election. I'm also glad that Bill Richardson is the first Democrat to come out and explicitly condmen Lieberman.

But we need to move on from this race. Right now, Lieberman, but also us, are giving the Republicans a huge gift. Cheney says something comparing Lamont to Al-Qaeda, we all foam at the mouth, get to our computers, and write about it. There's an understandable urge to do that. But it puts us on the defensive, just where the Republicans want us.

More importantly, this is distracting us from the many races that we need to be focusing on. We, and by "we," I mean those of us on the left who pay attention to politics and either blog or write about it for a living, need to move our focus back to Tennessee, where Harold Ford could turn Bill Frist's seat to the Democrats. We need to pay attention to Montana, where Jon Tester could easily beat Conrad Burns. We need to pour our energies into promoting the candidacy of New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid against Heather Wilson in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. We need to focus on our candidates in the Senate races in Missouri and Rhode Island that we could take and the dozens of Congressional races around the country that we can at least be competitive in.

Talking about Lamont-Lieberman is going to happen and it should. But can we please refocus on what really matters this November--taking back the House and Senate.