Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Political Asian American on front page of NYtimes

Eric T. Tung, a Ned Lamont Supporter wearing a hat covered in Lamont paraphenalia, was featured on the front page of www.NYTimes.com. Yes, I like practically everyone else in the blogosphere have been following the Lamont-Lieberman race. For some reason, the Connecticut Secretary of State's website on the primary results is slower to update than the front page of the NYtimes. Why is this?

In other news, it's 84% reporting, with 51.9 Lamont - 48.1 Lieberman.

Update: Oops, I thought I had posted this already. At any rate, Lamont won and Lieberman seems hellbent on running as an independent, having received the support of non other than the infamous Karl Rove today. And to think, this man was once our vice presidential nominee on behalf of the Democratic party. He would have been a stone's toss away from the presidency, and he chooses to align himself with some of the most vicious people in politics, who employ discriminatory politics. There's a reason why his former running mate, Al Gore refused to endorse him over Lamont -- Ned Lamont is the real thing. And Joe Lieberman is an 18-year Senator who has had a long run, and doesn't know when to take a break.

I am not necessarily thrilled that politics and discourse in our country have become increasingly partisan and shrill, but I do worry when I see groups like the Club for Growth tossing out less ideologically pure Republicans on their side of the aisle, and Democrats continuing to nominate milquetoast candidates who don't represent the backbone of the Democratic party. For god's sakes, Vice President?!?!?! How can you go from being one of the standard-bearers of the party to kowtowing to the Almight Dark Rove?!?! Pure, undiluted power madness and a desire to hang on for dear filthy lucre. It's sad to watch a man self-destruct. Because we know that these are not his values. Or perhaps these are what has become of Lieberman's values. It still blows my mind.

Mr. Lieberman, a leading moderate Democrat, drew scorn from members of his own party for supporting the war and for forcefully defending President Bush’s foreign policy. Some voters also felt that Mr. Lieberman had lost touch with Connecticut after 18 years in the Senate, a period in which he was influential in national affairs, a vice-presidential nominee in 2000 and a presidential candidate in 2004.

Intense objections to the war in Iraq and a view of Senator Lieberman as “too close” to President Bush account for Mr. Lamont’s victory in the primary, according to the Times/CBS News survey of voters. About 6 in 10 of the Democratic primary voters surveyed said they strongly disapproved of the United States’s decision to go to war with Iraq, and almost 7 in 10 said the United States should start removing the troops in Iraq soon.

The perception by Connecticut voters is that you're too closely aligned with Bush, so your solution is to . . . kiss the Dark Lord's ring?!?

From the National Journal's Hotline blog:
According to a close Lieberman adviser, the President's political guru, Karl Rove, has reached out to the Lieberman camp with a message straight from the Oval Office: "The boss wants to help. Whatever we can do, we will do."
Blows my mind. This is a true example of how power corrupts absolutely, and why it's necessary to kick the bums outta office.


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