2000 Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Lieberman blasted the protectionist, isolationist, hyper-partisan Democratic Party of today on ABC’s “This Week” today:
Ouch! Now that hurt… especially coming from a Democratic party icon.
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Well, I say that the Democratic Party changed. The Democratic Party today was not the party it was in 2000. It’s not the Bill Clinton-Al Gore party, which was strong internationalists, strong on defense, pro-trade, pro-reform in our domestic government. It’s been effectively taken over by a small group on the left of the party that is protectionist, isolationist and basically will –and very, very hyperpartisan. So it pains me. I’m a Democrat who came to the party in the era of President John F. Kennedy. It’s a strange turn of the road when I find among the candidates running this year that the one, in my opinion, closest to the Kennedy legacy, the John F. Kennedy legacy, is John S. McCain.
Well, he may have stretched the truth on those Clinton years, but he certainly understands current state of the hyper-partisan party.
Sonny Bunch at the Weekly Standard Blog has a roundup on today’s talk shows.