This, obviously, is an important race in terms of how the Democratic Party will view its own "party line." The prevailing view (a baffling one) is that Democrats should move to the middle in order to combat the supremecy of the Right.
The problem with this is, of course, that the Right is wrong, and also not on the side of public opinion. Public opinion is against the conservative side on Stem Cell Research, Social Security reform, and especially the war in Iraq. Lieberman represents compromise with the Republicans against public opinion. He is a Democrat that doesn't represent his own constituents and is one of the many politicians that believe that public sentiment against the war in Iraq should not have a bearing on their own personal beliefs. Guess what? Politicians are elected to REPRESENT people, not to make decisions against the will of the people.
So if Lieberman goes (an incumbent with a national name who has firm ties with the DNC) then the glorious move towards sanity is upon us. The message will be: "Vote with the Republicans, and you are voting against our wishes."
I certainly don't think that all decisions should be us vs. them. But the Republican party has proven corrupt, incompotent, and dishonest. We should be trying to move the nation TOWARDS liberal values, not accept the brush that the Red Scare has painted us with.
To follow what's happening over there, I'd send you to Daily Kos, unabashedly liberal and utterly sane.
Cross your fingers.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.