Josh Marshall is Right

Hopefully this is the first of what will be an avalanche of previously Joe-sympathetic Democrats calling on him to drop out of the race. Lieberman is damaging the Democratic party, and if the Republicans manage to get a decent candidate in the race, even our chances of winning the CT Senate seat. Once again, Lieberman is running against the Democratic party, rather than against the real threat at this time, which is the continuation of Republican party rule in Washington. The more I consider the matter, the more shameless Joe’s unwillingness to accept his loss gracefully seems to me.

DROP OUT NOW. For the sake both of the party, and the honor of its New Democratic wing.

Author: Steven M. Teles

Steven Teles is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of American Politics. He is the author of Whose Welfare? AFDC and Elite Politics (University Press of Kansas), and co-editor of Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy (Cambridge). He is currently completing a book on the evolution of the conservative legal movement, co-editing a book on conservatism and American Political Development, and beginning a project on integrating political analysis into policy analysis. He has also written journal articles and book chapters on international free market think tanks, normative issues in policy analysis, pensions and affirmative action policy in Britain, US-China policy and federalism. He has taught at Brandeis, Boston University, Holy Cross, and Hamilton colleges, and been a research fellow at Harvard, Princeton and the University of London.

2 thoughts on “Josh Marshall is Right”

  1. Steven,
    In this and the previous post you associated the New Democratic wing of the party with Lieberman. I wonder — really, really wonder — how he fits the common description of that. I mean, I know that he's not a liberal, and therefore by default he's kinda-sorta a New Democrat. But, hell, the constant harping on morality, the attacks on Social Security, the devil-may-care attitude towards pro-choice issues, this is a New Democrat? Seriously?
    Okay, it would be kinda scuzzy to repudiate him now as something other than a New Democrat if you previously thought he was — like Kristol saying Bush isn't a real conservative — but I really just don't understand how he fits into the mold that the New Democrats tried to shape for themselves.

  2. Steven:
    I share your views of what Lieberman should do, and I'd also like to (gently) urge you to reconsider Lamont and at least keep an open mind.
    He entered the race when no one gave him a chance. I see no evidence he did it because he was bored or wanted to feed his vanity. He tried first to persuade more established politicians to step in. He ran only when no one else was willing to take the risk, and then he chose the right staff and ran a smart, effective campaign. If elected, my impression is that he'll work hard to develop expertise and contribute to policies you'll like.

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