DLC vs. progressives

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Yesterday's Peek featured a post hypothesizing that overturning Roe v. Wade would rend the fragile Republican coalition and usher in a new era of Democratic cohesion and victory.

Today we see why that scenario is far from assured. Progressive blogs went nuts over Joe Lieberman's VIP appearance at the National Review's 50th anniversary party [correction: post originally reported that it was the Weekly Standard -- ed]. sharing a table with William F. Buckley and Rush Limbaugh.

The centrist (no matter how far right the right goes...) Democratic Leadership Council's Marshall Wittman (aka Bull Moose) mounted a spirited defense of the DLC sweetheart Joe Lieberman from "McCarthyite" attacks, noting that while the W.S. has a history of racism for which they've never apologized, Lieberman himself is insulated from guilt by his civil rights past. Steve Gilliard responds:

"As a black man, I'm real glad Lieberman fought for civil rights long ago. But what good is that if he dines with racists now?... why is he sitting at the head table of racists like Buckley, who's race baiting is legendary and archived, and Rush Limbaugh, who's disdain for blacks is well known."
"No, I'm afraid you're the wrong one here. Lieberman had no business at the National Review, except to protest it, and instead he sat at the head table. I think the Lieberman of 1964 would be ashamed of the Lieberman of 2005."
(Bull Moose / Steve Gilliard)

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