I have been a reader of the lefty Counter Currents for a while. This article deserves some attention from both parties. Ned Lamont And The Progressive Democrats: Not Ready For Prime Time By Stanley Rogouski. As you read about the netroots support for Lamont you will see the similarities to Jim Webb here in Virginia. Rogouski writes about the recent debate saying
"Feeble and backpedaling" are precisely the words that come to mind when looking at Ned Lamont's performance against Lieberman. Lamont, who was chosen to represent the anti-war side of the Democratic Party wound up looking like the living embodiment of the contractions of the anti-war side of the Democratic Party. While Lieberman spoke authoritatively from his own experience and forcefully argued for continuing the occupation, Lamont couldn't seem to express an opinion without citing an authority from the military. "General X agrees with me. General Y agrees with me". He stammered and twitched, swallowed his words and shrunk into his own ill-fitting suit as Lieberman moved in for the kill. I think Lieberman might have even used the exact words "backpedaling". "That's the second position you've taken Ned," Lieberman bellowed. "That's the third. That's the fourth. Oh there you go again. That's the fifth position you've taken. What is your position Ned? Oh Ned. That's the sixth position you've taken."
Sound familiar? Pinning Webb down on what his plans are for Iraq is impossible. As I recently commented on another blog - Jim Webb has more positions than the Kama Sutra. The whole of this article shows the mess the Democrats are in. Jim Webb gets a mention. Check this post out for sure because it is the best view I have read about netroots. This is good stuff:
There's no greater insult among progressive Democrats than "purist". It makes you no better than Satan himself, Ralph Nader, and Lamont's supporters will not only fall into line behind Joe Lieberman but also support ultra right wing ex Reagan cabinet member Jim Webb in Virginia against more ultra right wing George Allen. Indeed, right now there's no better audience on earth for a manly square jawed ex military man than the swooning, weak kneed uniform worshiping masses on the Democratic left.
In other words, there is no savior from the Democratic Party. Joe Lieberman nailed him to a cross last week in Connecticut and he's not coming back in three days.
Heh. What a mess.