Wednesday, February 04, 2004

A Fond Farewell to Fighting Joe

After a disappointing showing in Delaware, Senator Joseph Lieberman officially dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for President. I, for one, am sorry to see him go. Granted, I would not have voted for Senator Lieberman in November, but I admired his candidacy. Lieberman was the only candidate amongst the Democrats who focused on what he would do as President rather than on what evils Republicans have done or are currently plotting to do. Lieberman's message was about continuing forward in this great nation and not about how horrible the United States supposedly treats the rest of the world and its working class citizens. And, of the three senators in the race, Lieberman is the only one who took an intellectually honest stance on the war in Iraq. While Kerry and Edwards have alternated between supporting the war with their votes and then snearing at President's decision to send in the troops, Lieberman has remained steadfast in his position.

In short, Lieberman's campaign was upbeat and positive. It was about the good that Lieberman could do rather than rhetoric about the evils that Bush will perpetrate. It is a shame that such a message had little appeal with Democratic voters.