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Make Lamont, Not War

John argues the Dems have just taken a step back toward the formula that first brought them McGovern for President, followed by a three-decade long national security deficit in the polls. Last night did seem like a 60's acid flashback, no? Reverends Sharpton and Jackson on the stage smiling, the crowd holding up peace signs and chanting "bring them home." I expected to see Jane Fonda walk up on stage at any moment.

If you think that's too much of a caricature, or overestimates the potential damage Democrats have just caused themselves by kicking Joe Lieberman to the curb in favor of an anti-war, anti-Bush stuffed shirt millionaire from Greenwich, you should take a look at this letter Michael Moore just posted to his web site. Here's the beginning:

Friends,

Let the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman send a cold shiver down the spine of every Democrat who supported the invasion of Iraq and who continues to support, in any way, this senseless, immoral, unwinnable war. Make no mistake about it: We, the majority of Americans, want this war ended -- and we will actively work to defeat each and every one of you who does not support an immediate end to this war.

Nearly every Democrat set to run for president in 2008 is responsible for this war. They voted for it or they supported it. That single, stupid decision has cost us 2,592 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. Lieberman and Company made a colossal mistake -- and we are going to make sure they pay for that mistake. Payback time started last night.

A majority of the public may not be happy with progress in Iraq, but neither do they subscribe to Moore's view that it is "senseless," "immoral," or "unwinnable." Despite what he may think, Michael Moore's rabid, far left partisanship is never going to represent the majority view in this country. The problem is that Moore now represents the majority view within the Democratic party - further cemented by Lamont's victory last night - and that just might cost them another decade or two in the wilderness.