Liberman Disses Democrats
Karl Rove said that Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview, and he said, it doesn't make them unpatriotic, but it makes them wrong.
He believes, profoundly consistently wrong. And I think the latest example of this is, we can kill members of Al Qaeda, but we've got Democrats up in arms over the idea that if Al Qaeda calls into the United States from an outside country, that, boy, we'd better get a court order to listen to them. It's absurd to me.
Yeah, here's where... this may not be a big disagreement... I totally want those programs to go on. I think in America we don't like to give authority without some minimal screen. And you know, it was very interesting at the Judiciary Committee hearings this week, you had a bunch of Republicans, who are I'd say conservative Republicans, like Lindsay Graham and Sam Brownback, saying we've got to figure out how to work on this. Nobody should want to stop this program, nobody should even want to impede it, cause we want to be listening to Al Qaeda-related phone calls, we want to be reading their emails, but I think we want to work with the administration to come up with some kind of promise, not for, almost for the future, that in our country, you know, you need some kind of court approval from a secret court, FISA court, or something else. And I think we can work this one out. This is really an unnecessary debate, and and unnecessary fight and it distracts us from the war on terrorism.
The New York Times this week had a piece, and the headline was "Some Democrats are Sensing Missed Opportunities," "Democrats heading into this year's elections are in a position weaker than they had hoped for, stirring concern that they're letting pass an opportunity to exploit what they have seen as widespread Republican vulnerabilities."
And it goes on, it starts listing some of the Democrats that have become the most outspoken. And we saw, for example, during the Alito hearings we saw Ted Kennedy and Biden and Chuck Schumer. Hillary Clinton is a loud voice for the Democratic party these days, as is John Kerry. We saw, for example, the way the president was treated down at Corretta Scott King's funeral, by Jimmy Carter. Do you fear that the Democratic party has really been co-opted by a pretty hard-left element?
Well this is the great challenge to us. I mean, if Democrats ever want to get back in power, they're gonna have to move back toward the center, and are gonna have to reassure the American people on the baseline question, which is what government, particularly the federal government, is about before anything else, which is security, that Democrats will use the power of our government to protect people's security in a dangerous age. Unless we do that, the public's never gonna listen to us on everything else, including a lot of the stuff on which I think they agree with Democrats, like education, healthcare, et cetera. And you know I heard an interesting talk the other day by a guy named Marshall Wittman, who used to work for John McCain, he's an independent and he now works for the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist group. And he said his advice to Democrats is remember that there's a 22nd Amendment, and George W. Bush can't run for president again. So stop complaining, and just focusing on this president. Come up with a positive program that'll give the American people something they affirmatively want to vote for, because it's, there's no question, you read the polls, the president's down, congressional Republicans are down. But, we've got to come up with a positive, constructive program, particularly on security, or we're not gonna become a majority party again.
You know something, it's amazing, I say that on this program all the time, Senator Lieberman.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the Bill Press Show: “I’ve spoken to Joe Lieberman and he knows he’s out there alone. I mean, literally alone. Joe is a fine man, he has strong feelings, but he’s just alone. Even Republicans don’t agree with Joe.” December 9, 2005 2:09 pm
Lieberman: At the national level the Republicans have spoken to the concerns
and expressed the values of a great majority of Americans, and the Democrats
have not. But at the state and local levels we've been able to express these
values more effectively than have the Republicans.
This is a country that cares about values. To begin with, most people are religious. I don't mean that everybody goes to church or synagogue, but people believe in God. The national Democratic Party in recent years seems to have felt uncomfortable with the religious impulse, while the Republicans have respected the importance of religion and other values and thereby created a link with many people, including a lot of Democrats. A lot of Democrats have left the Democratic Party in national elections because they believe that the Democratic Party has left them.
Another value most Americans hold is that hard work should be rewarded, that this is a country where if you work hard there's no limit to what you can achieve. Too many Americans have come to the conclusion that the national Democratic Party doesn't share that feeling, that it wants to take their hard-earned money and give it to people who are not working hard.
Americans also believe that government has a responsibility for security, both personal security and international security. This carries over to the drug and crime problem. For various reasons, national Democrats have come to be perceived as belonging to a party that is not prepared to use governmental authority to create order and to punish criminals. Americans are frightened about crime, and the Republicans have responded to this fear. Americans are patriotic, and although they don't want us to go recklessly into war, they want a national defense that can protect our interests, our principles, our people. Again the national Democratic Party has come to be seen as belonging to a party that has moved away from these values.
Source: Policy Review Summer 1990