Sunday, July 30, 2006

Damned Dirty Hippies

Like Digby I'm extremely tired of - and puzzled by - a bunch of clueless old men seeing politics solely through the lens of their political formative years.

As usual the Lamont blog has a great roundup of Joe stuff, but I was actually most struck by this nugget from Lieberman:

His upbeat article would be published in the Wall Street Journal under the headline, "Our Troops Must Stay," contradicting the dramatic call days earlier by U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

And so ended any chance for Lieberman, 64, a three-term senator, to have his usual easy conversation with Connecticut voters about his re-election.

Today, with nine days left until his Aug. 8 primary with anti-war challenger Ned Lamont, Lieberman is scrambling to regain his footing among Democrats who repeatedly signaled their anger over the war - only to be ignored.

Public and private polling told Lieberman in January that Democrats were abandoning him over his efforts to prop up public support for an unpopular war that was paralyzing the Bush administration and jeopardizing the GOP's control of Congress.

But Lieberman persisted.

"I was worried about a repeat of Vietnam," he said Friday during an interview aboard his campaign bus. "Public opinion was moving away from supporting the war for reasons that were understandable, but not complete."

One of the standard lines about Lieberman from his supporters is to point to his support for the civil rights movement and his opposition to the Vietnam war as reasons to support him, as if what he did 40 years ago is more important than what he's doing now. This Washington Post article says:

Lieberman broke into politics as a reformist who opposed the war in Vietnam, and he won a state Senate seat in New Haven in 1970 with the help of, among others, Bill Clinton, who was a student volunteer at Yale Law.

I'm not entirely sure what Lieberman is saying now, but the only rational interpretation I can take is that the problem with the Vietnam war - which he once opposed - was that the public turned against it, and not with, you know, the war itself.