Roger L. Simon

Lieberman is Right on the War and the Democrats Hate Him for It

One of my least favorite Reagan quotes is “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” I doubt that’s what the Founding Fathers had in mind at the beginning of our democracy. [Now if it were “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Laker fan…”-ed. That’s what I mean–it’s sports thinking at its purest.]

And speaking of sports thinking, the Democrats have ratcheted up their attacks on Joe Lieberman on that dimmest of all virtues—party loyalty.

There is speculation that if Democrats bolster their Senate majority this fall, they could seek payback by stripping Lieberman of his Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairmanship.

While there’s no serious talk afoot about punishing Lieberman, [John] Kerry said, “I can’t tell you what happens next year.”

Punishing a man for staying with his ideals over party loyalty. How Bolshevik. At least they can do no more than strip Lieberman of a committee chairmanship.

But beneath this petty vengeance is something more significant. With the US now winning in Iraq, these Democrats are seeing that their colleague Joe may have been right all along on the war. History will award him as a man of courage. They will be seen for what they are – anonymous party hacks.