Joe Lieberman, who was shockingly defeated in the Connecticut Democratice senate primary, had become what might be called leader of “the Blairite tendency in the Democratic party,” according to Godfrey Hodgson, the distinguished British journalist who is now an associate fellow at Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute.
In a post on journalist Bob Jones’s new Typingbytouch blog, Hodgson puts American affairs into words a British audience can understand as he has done for many years. He writes:
Lieberman was the victim of an insurgency â€” a sort of silk stocking jacquerie â€” because he supported the Iraq war, did not apologize for supporting it, was even observed giving President Bush the equivalent of a Latin abrazo or bear-hug. It goes without saying that, like many Democrats of his generation, he has been an absolutely unquestioning supporter not only of Israel, but of whatever even the most Right-wing Israeli government might do.