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  •  Here's the thing (3+ / 0-)
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    vtdem, homo neurotic, Easterling

    When Joe was first elected, he ran against a liberal republican: Lowell Wiecker.

    During that election WILLIAM F BUCKLEY did adds for Holy Joe.

    Why is the fact that Joe is a conservative news to people?  He has always been on the edge of the party.  

    •  Then why does he call himself a Democrat? (2+ / 0-)
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      bree, Easterling

      Sure, there is a spectrum of views held by Democrats from right to left (as there is, in theory at least, among Republicans), but doesn't there come a point when a politician's beliefs, policies and stances so differ from that of the vast majority of his party's members that he can no longer, from a practical, operating point of view, be considered to be a working member of it?

      Take Specter. In many, perhaps most ways, his beliefs are a lot closer to ours than his party's. But when it comes time to vote, he usually votes with his party, not ours. So while he might not be much of a modern Republican philosophically, operationally he absolutely is one.

      But Lieberman is neither philosophically nor operationally a Democrat these days, so then why does he continue to call himself one? If he believes in Republican beliefs and supports them on the major issues, in what way is he a Democrat?

      He's not at the edge of the party. He's jumped off it.

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 01:55:56 PM PST

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