Friday, February 17, 2006

Nutmeg State Nuts About Joe

The Moose observes that Connecticut loves Joe.

It is no secret that this mammal is fond of Joe Lieberman's leadership. He is the embodiment of the Scoop Jackson Democratic tradition that needs to be reawakened in the party. But, alas the Moose cannot vote in the Nutmeg State.

The good news that the good voters of his home state treasure Joe as much as the Moose. This is the result of the latest Quinnipiac poll,

"U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman gets a 63 - 25 percent approval, unchanged from January 11. By a 63 - 26 percent margin, including 69 percent of Republicans, Connecticut voters say Sen. Lieberman deserves to be reelected.

"Lieberman would defeat former Gov. Lowell Weicker 62 - 21 percent.

"In a possible Democratic primary, the incumbent beats businessman Ned Lamont 68 - 13 percent."

It has long been the Moose's view that there is a gap between the loudest voices of the left-wing blogosphere and its like minded activists and actual rank and file Democratic voters. That was clear in the 2004 Democratic primaries as actual voters shunned the internet noise and rejected the favored candidate of the blogosphere.

And speaking of the blogosphere - while it may not be good for business, it is a good thing that most Americans don't pay attention to it. Its hyperbolic polarization is unhealthy to the nation's political well-being. Parenthetically, the Moose is amused by readers who tell him that they will no longer read the blog or that he is removed from their "favorites." The Moose is actually seeking an elite readership of Mooseketeers.

The Moose is a self-loathing blogger. Revoke the Moose's blogger union card, but the truth is that it is a good thing that self-important, chattering keyboarders are not as significant as some of them think they are.

This Connecticut poll is evidence that the vital center of American politics is alive and kicking. There is a silent centrist majority. Immoderate centrists should be emboldened to speak the truth and not fear the wingnuts of the left or the right.

Joe Lieberman is one of those rare American politicians who do not trim his sails to satisfy the fever swamp. He even puts country before party. Imagine that! The Moose, and more importantly the voters of his home state, are bully on his future as the continuing conscience of the Democratic Party.

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