Wednesday, August 09, 2006

What's old is new

An editorial in the Waterbury (CT) Republican-American - Hang in there, Sen. Lieberman:
The world is much changed since Joseph I. Lieberman upset a powerful incumbent politician and ascended to the U.S. Senate 18 years ago. Or has it? The lure of appeasement in foreign affairs seemingly was on the wane in Ronald Reagan's America, but it waxed anew Tuesday in anti-war candidate Ned Lamont's Democratic primary victory over Sen. Lieberman.

This disappointing result completed a curious reversal of the 1988 general election, in which hawkish challenger Lieberman defeated Republican Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. This summer, Mr. Weicker counted himself among Mr. Lamont's supporters. Reviewing this newspaper's solitary endorsement of Mr. Lieberman -- the rest supported the incumbent -- it's easy to see why Mr. Weicker hooked up with the challenger.

Both, it turns out, are appeasers.
That's the polite term.