Lieberman Founds Own Party
Called Connecticut for Lieberman
. The good news is that there are no CfL bloggers calling for Joe's head.But some of the most outspokenly Zionist Democrats have suggested that the current political climate has made Mr. Lieberman, as a prominent Jewish hawk, vulnerable to blog-driven criticism.
“We do have a problem with progressives and those in the blogosphere, because the Palestinian position seems to be perfect for the Internet world of pithy back-and-forth and 30-second You Tube tapes, where the Zionist position is more at home in a seven-page New York Review of Books article,” said Representative Anthony Weiner, a pro-Israel hawk who opposes the war in Iraq.
I do think that liberals have come to sympathize with the Palestinians. This is because the frame with which liberals view the world is often in terms of oppressor/oppressed; a worldview that often leads to ridiculous claims that the Israelis are no better than the Nazis.
I'm not sure how many liberals are motivated by this aspect of Lieberman. As Moulitsas and Hamsher have pointed out, they are not attacking other Democrats who supported the war, including Diane Feinstein. They claim the central issue is Lieberman's willingness to attack his fellow Democrats for not showing that support.“Senator Lieberman, sometimes he seems to go out of his way to undermine the Democrats and poke a stick in the eye of Democrats,” Mr. Lamont said Monday evening as he sipped an iced tea and dug into a plate of potato skins in Wallingford. “It’s President Bush, aided by Senator Lieberman, in many cases, that has taken this country way off its historical norm.”
Similarly, the aforementioned liberal bloggers say that the anti-Semitism charge is just a feint to draw attention away from the broad and increasingly well-disciplined opposition to Mr. Lieberman among the party’s grassroots.
Increasingly well-disciplined? I take it the writer has not been reading over at Firedoglake