Joe Lieberman, a Democrat from Connecticut, is a former US Senator and Vice Presidential nominee. He tells an interesting story in the WSJ:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley seems likely to hurt Congress, America and the Democratic Party. It doesn’t have to.
Because the policies Ms. Ocasio-Cortez advocates are so far from the mainstream, her election in November would make it harder for Congress to stop fighting and start fixing problems. [Emphasis added].
Joe’s statement in bold is an amazing thing in this day and age. It is extraordinary for a party leader to say such a thing about a member of his own party. We would like to see more of it.
Of course, Joe did a similar thing that he suggests the other Joe do now. Joe L. ran as an independent in 2006 to continue as senator. Joe C. has the nod of one of the minor parties and could be on the ballot in November. We are not sure if Joe will take Joe’s advice.
More important is what the other Democratic leadership does. Al Gore and Joe Lieberman are pretty old news. We would like for folks like Hillary, the 44th president, Nancy Pelosi to stand up for Joe C. and with Joe L.
We agree that both parties lack leadership. The Democrats have a great opportunity to take action now. If we develop a scale with Winston Churchill as a thousand then the Democrats would score five (with Joe L giving them the lead), the GOP four, and the legacy press one.
Sidebar: Yes it is a silly scale and we can’t defend the precision it suggests. It is possible we should put the GOP in the lead because the impact the leadership had on The Donald about his recent behavior in Europe. It also is important to remember that strong leaders, even Churchill, are not always right. LBJ is an example of a strong leader that made big changes that left, at best, a mixed impact on our country. End Sidebar.
Of course, the major parties and the press have very different problems. The Democrats have skidded far to the left. The GOP has confused pugnacity with principle, and the press has become Democratic operatives. Leadership support for both Joes would make us more optimistic about the future.