Ever wonder how Joe Lieberman went from Al Gore’s VP to George Bush’s main cheerleader in less than a decade? Joe explains it today in the Wall Street Journal. It all began back in 2000 when Al Gore
…. championed a freedom-focused foreign policy, confident of America’s moral responsibilities in the world, and unafraid to use our military power. He pledged to increase the defense budget by $50 billion more than his Republican opponent – and, to the dismay of the Democratic left, made sure that the party’s platform endorsed a national missile defense.
By contrast, in 2000, Gov. George W. Bush promised a “humble foreign policy” and criticized our peacekeeping operations in the Balkans.
Today, less than a decade later, the parties have completely switched positions. The reversal began, like so much else in our time, on September 11, 2001. … If the Democratic Party had stayed where it was in 2000, America could have confronted the terrorists with unity and strength in the years after 9/11.
Instead a debate soon began within the Democratic Party about how to respond to Mr. Bush… . [A]ctivists have successfully pulled the Democratic Party further to the left than it has been at any point in the last 20 years.
Where to begin… . Maybe by pointing out that there was virtually no “debate in the Democratic Party” when the response to 9/11 involved responding to the people who actually attacked us. That would be bin Laden in Afghanistan; Iraq did not attack us. Why do we need to keep pointing this out? Second, does Lieberman actually think a President Gore would have pursued Bush’s foreign policy and invaded Iraq? Maybe he missed Gore’s speech on the subject back in 2004.
Somehow Lieberman has convinced himself that the militant nationalism advocated by Bush and McCain is a natural evolution of the liberal internationalism of Roosevelt and Truman. Nothing could be further from the truth. But that doesn’t stop Joe.
He’s even adopted the “enemy within” rhetoric of the Bush-McCain crowd. Obama, he says, has “kowtowed to his party’s left wing” on national security. Democrats, he says, “have become confused lately about “the difference between America’s friends and America’s enemies.”
I can hardly wait for his speech at the GOP convention.