ImpeachPAC Ad: Who Gets to Speak?
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There are some big-name progressive bloggers who don't want ImpeachPAC to run our ad about neo-Nazis in the military. I expect they will express themselves passionately very soon.
Of course they have a right to their point of view. But is their analysis any good?
Here are some things I assume we can agree on:
- The Iraq War is a catastrophe in a million different ways, and Americans will pay the price for years to come.
- George Bush, Karl Rove, the DLC, and Joe Lieberman don't want the 2006 election to be about the Iraq War.
- The voters of Connecticut - and all of America - have every right to make the Iraq War the central issue of the 2006 campaign - and to defeat every candidate like Joe Lieberman who continues to support the war.
Are we all in agreement so far? I hope so.
So now let's get to the substantive and strategic questions:
1. Does the ImpeachPAC ad raise a valid issue?
I believe it does. The ad is based on the excellent work of the Southern Poverty Law Center and it should be of concern to every American who understands what will happen if neo-Nazis and other extremists infiltrate the military and are not expelled immediately.
2. Should Senator Joe Lieberman do something about neo-Nazis in the military?
Absolutely - that's why we put the issue in the ad. The story appeared in the NY Times on July 7 but Lieberman has done nothing about it - even as he brags on the campaign trail about how his seniority on the Senate Armed Services Committee has brought lots of defense contracts to Connecticut!
3. Are we accusing Joe Lieberman of being a Nazi sympathizer?
Of course not - don't be idiotic. But we are accusing him of doing an unacceptably poor job as Senator, both for enthusiastically supporting the Iraq War and for failing to deal with its disastrous consequences - of which the Pentagon's refusal to expel neo-Nazis from the military is just one example. See #2 above.
4. Will the Lieberman campaign and its rightwing allies distort our ad?
Absolutely. Lieberman knows he can't win a debate on the issues, so his whole campaign has been to smear his critics. But I think the Connecticut media has figured this out by now (remember the Halliburton stock attack that destroyed Lieberman's credibility?) so I don't think they will fall for another smear campaign.
5. Will this ad hurt Ned Lamont?
Absolutely not. Ned Lamont opposed the Iraq War and wants to bring our troops home as soon as possible. It's not Ned Lamont's fault that our military is so desperate for troops that they are letting neo-Nazis in - and letting them stay. It's not Ned Lamont's fault that the Senate Armed Services Committee hasn't held a hearing on this issue. If Ned Lamont was in the Senate, he would be willing to deal with the disastrous consequences of the war - including the infiltration of neo-Nazis into our military. That's one excellent reason (on top of all the others) why any undecided voter should vote for Ned Lamont.
6. Why do some progressive bloggers think it will hurt Ned Lamont?
Because they think Joe Lieberman will distort our ad (see #4) and attack Ned Lamont for it. I think Lamont is smart enough to answer Lieberman by ignoring the smears and focusing on the substance of the ad - that neo-Nazis are infiltrating our military is a deeply disturbing issue that the Senate should investigate and stop immediately.