OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy



Tuesday, August 22, 2006 :::
 

The End of Principles

David Boaz on Republican support for Joe Lieberman:

And that’s because Lieberman supports the good old Republican principles of low taxes, less regulation, limited government, and a strong national defense, right?

Well, not quite. He does support President Bush’s floundering war in Iraq. But as Robert Novak pointed out last week:

Lieberman followed the liberal line in opposing oil drilling in ANWR, Bush tax cuts, overtime pay reform, the energy bill, and bans on partial-birth abortion and same-sex marriage. Similarly, he voted in support of Roe vs. Wade and for banning assault weapons and bunker buster bombs. His only two pro-Bush votes were to fund the Iraq war and support missile defense (duplicating Sen. Hillary Clinton’s course on both).

Lieberman’s most recent ratings by the American Conservative Union were 7 percent in 2003, zero in 2004 and 8 percent in 2005.


I actually agree with him on a couple of those votes, though I wouldn’t expect that conservatives would. The National Taxpayers Union says that he votes with taxpayers 9 percent of the time, worse than Chris Dodd or Barbara Boxer.

Only if you believe that continuing to support the war in Iraq outweighs all other issues combined can a conservative reasonably support Joe Lieberman. And apparently a lot of Republicans and conservatives are willing to toss aside his commitment to high taxes, higher spending, more regulation, and entitlement expansion in order to get that vote for Bush’s war.

While I believe David's "Bush's war" epithet is silly, there ought to be at least one or two conservatives out there who would have second thoughts about giving their support to someone who does not support them, on domestic issues, at least, in return. Of course those "Republicans for Webb" ought to ask themselves exactly the same thing. But I suppose that in both cases, animus or fear is a more potent driver than principle.



::: posted by Norman Leahy at 8/22/2006 0 comments





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