Is Joe Lieberman's terrifying nightmare coming true?
Back in 2016, right after the election, former Sen. Joe Lieberman gave what he probably considered a dire warning.
To the Democratic Party in particular, which not only failed to regain either chamber of Congress but also lost the White House, Leiberman said he thinks there will be a "real attempt by the left-left" to take command of the party.
"It's not the party I worked so hard for when Bill Clinton was president," Lieberman said on John Catsimatidis' radio show "The Cats Roundtable."
How terrifying! Dirty commie lefty hippies!
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It turns out that Lieberman's nightmare is beginning to come to pass.
So in response, in order to save the Democratic Party, Lieberman wrote an op-ed in the anti-Dem WallStreetJournal, calling for the defeat of the Democratic Party candidate.
"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley seems likely to hurt Congress, America and the Democratic Party. It doesn’t have to," Lieberman wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.
"Because the policies Ms. Ocasio-Cortez advocates are so far from the mainstream, her election in November would make it harder for Congress to stop fighting and start fixing problems."
Lieberman noted that Crowley's name will still be on the ballot as the nominee of the Working Families Party.
“Thanks to a small percentage of primary votes, all of the people of New York’s 14th Congressional District stand to lose a very effective representative in Washington,” Lieberman wrote. “Fortunately, Joe Crowley and the voters in his district can prevent this damage.”
Joe Lieberman is absolute pure, contemptible trash. pic.twitter.com/vZ5NB5m8Ja
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) July 18, 2018
Sizzling hot take from Joe Lieberman, the man who gave us the eternal gift of crowdfunded cancer treatment https://t.co/bYDPGgH1Ln
— New York City DSA (@nycDSA) July 18, 2018
Lieberman's concern for the Democratic Party didn't extend to 2008, when he endorsed McCain.
The former Democratic veep candidate beat Democratic primary winner Lamont in 2006 in no small part by becoming the de facto candidate of the state’s Republican Party.
Lieberman then went on Fox News to double-down on his stand against progressive values.
"When I see somebody who really says she's a socialist -- she's a very captivating, charismatic candidate -- when you look at those policies, those policies will not be supported in many places across America," former Sen. Joe Lieberman told Fox News.
"If her win makes her into what Kellyanne Conway called the new face of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party's not going to have a very bright future," Lieberman said.
Review of the twilight of Joe Lieberman’s career:
- Dem VP nominee
- Key Dem supporter of Bush’s Iraq War
- Key Dem who helped kill public option
- Hired by law firm of Trump’s attorney
- Author of oped in right-wing WSJ deriding @Ocasio2018, winner of Dem primary pic.twitter.com/LeZeNIzJLV
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) July 18, 2018
To Crowley's credit, he tweeted back a three word response to Lieberman.
Still not running.
— Joe Crowley (@JoeCrowleyNY) July 18, 2018