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Imagine: Joe Lieberman, a moderate Democrat

NY Timesman Nagourney has a warped view of Lieberman -- who btw, is feeling heat from his primary opponent Ned Lamont.
New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney showed his politically biased hand again when he attacked progressive political blogs and blamed them for holding poor "moderate" Democrat Joe Lieberman's feet to the fire. That's right, the same guy everyone knows as the Republican's favorite Democrat and a staunch supporter of the Iraq war.

Here's the quote from Nagourney's article:
Bloggers, for all the benefits they might bring to both parties, have proved to be a complicating political influence for Democrats. They have tugged the party consistently to the left, particularly on issues like the war, and have been openly critical of such moderate Democrats as Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut.
Huh? Why does it have to befall bloggers to be the only ones who are "openly critical" of Democratic sellouts like Joe Lieberman? As John Aravosis writes: "Joe Lieberman supports President Bush every chance he gets, including Lieberman's support for the war in Iraq about which he claims it's going really well. That would put Lieberman at odds with 60-some percent of the American people -- not just Democrats, the American people at large. So what part of that minority Republican view makes Lieberman the 'moderate' voice of the Democratic party?"

Another factor at play here is the increasing attention Lieberman's opponent Ned Lamont is getting in his long-shot race to unseat Lieberman (be sure to check out Walter Shapiro's Salon profile of Lamont), including the fact that Lieberman's was booed at reception at the Connecticut State Democratic Party dinner Thursday night, where quite a few attendees were wearing Lamont buttons. Look for this race to get increasingly hot, as the blogosphere gets turned on, and going after Lieberman becomes a cause celebre.