Thursday, October 26, 2006

Projo endorses Joe

Posted October 25th

The Providence Journal became the latest major paper in the area to endorse Joe’s reelection. Like the New York Post before it, the ProJo touted Joe’s integrity and thoughtfulness -- “the party and the state can use a strong and principled leader who is capable of thinking independently and won't wilt under pressure.”

Here’s the full endorsement editorial:

Lieberman for Senate
Providence Journal

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, of Connecticut, has paid a political price for his strong support of America's ambitious, and very badly implemented, effort to topple dictator Saddam Hussein and fight terrorism by nurturing democracy in Iraq. Ned Lamont, exploiting the unpopularity of the war with the left-wing base, captured the Democratic primary, forcing Senator Lieberman to run as an independent to keep his seat.

That was a sharp rebuke to the man who was his party's vice presidential nominee only six years ago. But polls suggest that Mr. Lieberman will win the wider universe of voters who participate in the general election. If he indeed wins on Nov. 7, he plans to rejoin the Democrats -- without losing his seniority, which confers power that helps him serve Connecticut -- when the Senate resumes next year.

That's good, because the party and the state can use a strong and principled leader who is capable of thinking independently and won't wilt under pressure.

To some extent, Senator Lieberman harks back to such Democrats as Harry Truman and Henry "Scoop" Jackson, who believed in the projection of American power to support U.S. security interests. In other ways he is like Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee, demonstrating a willingness to defy his party's leaders in behalf of his principles. Such figures tend to open up ideas to debate and moderate their party's more extreme and ill-considered positions. Still, on most issues, Senator Lieberman is a boiler-plate Democrat, and his moderate-to-liberal approach seems to well reflect the values of most Connecticut voters.

Those voters would be wise to return this thoughtful, hard-working, and independent-minded leader to the Senate on Nov. 7.
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Posted by: Eric Blankenbaker on 10/25/2006 at 4:26 PM

7 Comments:

Blogger John Blossom said...

Thanks, conservative out-of-state rags, for endorsing a Bush boot-licker.

Doesn't say much for your own taste for leather.

11:13 PM  
Blogger CT Bob said...

Yeah, Providence has a long history of political corruption. No wonder they love "Suitcases Full o' Cash Joe"!

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the good people of Providence helping to choose a CT senator? If that is the case, maybe we can also get some endorsement from the good people of Iraq into this paper endorsment game ..... Joe LIE-man needs it. His lobbyists are in DC but the DC people are not voting in this election .... he is still trying to buy some voters for himself, namely the "low information' kind, to paraphrase his own election machine .......:)

6:26 AM  
Blogger gchaucer2 said...

Maybe Joe can visit Buddy Cianci after the facts about the slush fund come out.

10:36 AM  
Blogger CT Bob said...

Maybe Joe will back a war to invade Rhode Island next. You never know with that guy.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Joe Lieberman ran as vice president and didn't give up his seat as senator, it was a slap in the face to Al Gore. When Joe Lieberman lost the D primary, and jumped parties, it's was a slap in the face to every Democrat. Joe Lieberman is now running on the issue of “partisan politics” and the "why can't everyone get along" ticket. What about loyalty Joe? Not in your conscience? The media coverage of Joe Lieberman has be amazing shameless. I mean, Joe Lieberman could probably kill a child and the media would shed some positive light on it. Lieberman’s love affair with President Bush on the war is nothing more than his dream of a greater Israel. If you live in Conn., and believe that Bush and Lieberman are fighting for democracy to Iraqi people, just stay home, don’t vote, because your obviously not paying attention.

11:50 AM  
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