The executive director of MoveOn Political Action Committee did a victory dance on the opinion page of The Washington Post. He called Ned Lamont's defeat of Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary a "watershed moment" and Lamont's "principled progressivism" the "bold" new direction for the country.
But as is clear today, in the wake of the massive terrorist plot uncovered in London, had the primary been held a week later, Lamont would be history. Even detached Connecticut Democrats would have remembered that it was the terrorists of 9/11 that defined our "watershed moment," not a rich Northeastern dilettante.
Consider Lamont's victory speech, him standing up there flanked by the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. That visual alone was sufficient to tell us that what had occurred in Connecticut was a quirky flight from reality and not a defining moment in U.S. history.
The big theme of the contest was Iraq _ foreign policy.
Exactly one year ago, last August, as Hurricane Katrina was thundering toward New Orleans, Jesse Jackson was in Venezuela embracing and singing the praises of President Hugo Chavez, whom even rock star Bono called a "power hungry tyrant."
The following month, Jackson appeared along with Chavez in New York City, holding him and his country up as an example that the United States should follow.
"(The Venezuelan) government's priorities are to invest in its people. They subsidize oil, gas, health care and education and that's civil. We cannot subsidize our oil and education because we are investing in tax cuts for the wealthy and a war that does not make sense in Iraq. We need new values; we need to go another way."
Freedom House, a highly respected, non-partisan organization which promotes democracy and freedom around the world, ranks countries on a scale of 1 to 7, 1 being most free. The United States ranks 1. Venezuela ranks 4.
Freedom House also ranks countries by press freedom. Out of 194 countries ranked (No. 1 being most free), the United States is 17, Venezuela 158.
Chavez recently visited Iran, embraced their maniac president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and equated Israelis to Nazis.
This gives us some idea of Jesse Jackson's global vision, which, given his prominence on the stage with Lamont, gives us some sense of where Lamont is coming from.
This defines where Americans want to go? You've got to be kidding.
The Jackson-Sharpton team-up also tells us something. There never has been much love lost between the two. Jackson, you might recall, refused to endorse Sharpton's presidential bid in 2004.
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