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Big Tent, phase II?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 25, 2006

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is supporting Senator Joe Lieberman for re-election, although Lieberman is a Democrat (who, admittedly, lost his state's Democratic primary) running against a Republican challenger.

Why? Because GOP national leaders think the Republican candidate can't win, and Lieberman supports President Bush in his foreign policy.

This reasoning appalls the Republican National Coalition for Life, which notes that Lieberman's foreign-policy record...

pales in significance when you consider how anti-life Joe Lieberman is. He repeatedly opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion, voted to lift President Reagan's Mexico City policy which denies U.S. foreign aid to groups that perform or promote abortions, voted for a resolution that claimed Roe v. Wade was correctly decided, and voted against Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court. Lieberman filibustered the constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage. And the list goes on and on.

Still more galling to the RNCL is the advice coming from Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard, who has suggested that "the possibility exists for creating a broader and deeper governing party, with Lieberman Democrats welcomed into the Republican fold, just as Scoop Jackson Democrats became Reaganites in the 1980s."

Welcome to the Big Tent Republican Party of the future. Check your principles at the doorflap.

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  • Posted by: Publicus - Aug. 30, 2006 10:59 AM ET USA

    The NRSC is not endorsing Joe L though many in the GOP support him over the GOP candidate. You may be interested to know that Schelsinger is not pro-life. Like it or not, but our best chance to end abortion, euthanasia, and other attacks on human life is with the Republican party. Third party talk may allow one to feel righteous but it will have no chance of success. I think we as Catholics are obligated to fight for life to succeed, not merely fight because it is the right thing to do.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 2:51 PM ET USA

    How about getting the Republicans to give some support to one of their own who supports doctrines that Catholics can be comfortable with --Rick Santorum.

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Aug. 28, 2006 11:36 PM ET USA

    I agree that a third party that is willing to confront the evil WITHIN our society as well as the evil WITHOUT is a good thing.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Aug. 26, 2006 7:17 PM ET USA

    The republican party and Bush have refused to endorse the Rep candidate because he is opposed to the administrations Pro War in Iraq stance. When it was a pro-life republican canidate running against Pro-abortion Sen Spector it was OK to endorse the pro-abortion Spector over his opponent. So much for the importance of the pro-life republican party platform on abortion. Just shows how the pro-lifers are being used by the party!

  • Posted by: dusty - Aug. 26, 2006 5:06 PM ET USA

    We have long been in need of a third party, a true adherence to the concept in Europe of a CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT PARTY founded and practicing true CHRISTIAN beliefs.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Aug. 25, 2006 10:59 PM ET USA

    The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota, Mark Kennedy, has endorsed Lieberman instead of the Republican candidate in Connecticut. I wonder how many other Republicans have privately or publicly endorsed Lieberman. William Kristol and his Neocon comrades have had a stranglehold on the Bush administration since its inception. It is time for a third party movement.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 25, 2006 9:07 PM ET USA

    Bill Kristol has lost all credibility with his defense of the war in Iraq, and the Weekly Standard has become the Weekly Low Standard. Lieberman may be a lesser evil, but he remains an evil. In an era (twelve years) in which a supposedly conservative party has blasted deficit spending into the stratosphere, arguing that principles should be made even more capacious is, well, wildly liberal.

  • Posted by: Gino - Aug. 25, 2006 8:37 PM ET USA

    Bill Kristol changes with the way the wind is blowing. He has ceased to ber a serious conservative lately.

  • Posted by: Convert1994 - Aug. 25, 2006 3:26 PM ET USA

    The NRSC has NOT endorsed Sen. Lieberman! I was on their site a few minutes ago and this assertion is FALSE. The NRSC does believe their candidate in CT, Alan Schlesinger, is noncompetitive and they have chosen to focus their resources elsewhere. This is not, nor can it be construed to be, an endorsement for Sen. Lieberman! In fact, the NRSC site has an entry showing Sen. Lieberman's 90% liberal voting record.

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