Gregory Pratt (gregorysparr) wrote in moderate,
Gregory Pratt

Hello everyone, I am the Independent Blogger of the Office of the Independent Blogger. Before we talk politics, I've got a new section on my website that I'd like to quickly plug: the Office of the Independent Poet. You'll find a bunch of the poems I've written on there, and it's all in good fun, I say. Now, to politics, which.....aren't.

In regard to political analysis, there's this, where I talk about Joe Lieberman's recent defeat, and I stand up for him, more or less, because I believe he deserves to be stood up for. Similarly, there's this, about Hillary Clinton's chances to run/not run in 2008.

“For the first time, it seems entirely plausible to me that Hillary will look at the terrain and choose not to run in 2008″.

Does it? I think not. Clinton isn’t going to get younger, and, if she sits out 2008, she’ll never be a candidate for President past the preliminary stages. What if a Democrat wins, or a popular Republican (oxymoron?) takes over? However, I think her lust for the Presidency is overstated in the press. I’m sure she’s interested in running, and would love to be the President, but she’s a cautious, shrewd woman, and I’m sure that her husband’s penis, the controversies that dogged her in the White House, and her age will all make her hesitant about running. Will she run? I think so, but if she doesn’t, it isn’t because she didn’t think she could win due to Lieberman’s loss: it’s because she a) doesn’t think she can win because the mood isn’t conductive to a woman/a Democrat, and/or b) she fears the reaper’s scythe.

Additionally, there is criticism of the Lebanese Invasion and the Bush Administration's treatment of it. On the subject of War, we have my thoughts here, specifically about the recent statements made by Generals in the military about Iraq. In response to an embarrassing story about George Bush's lack of knowledge preceding the Invasion, I write this: "I’d like to know what type of deal George Bush made with the Devil to give him the Presidency, but so far, Antonin Scalia won’t answer my phone calls, and William Rehnquist is dead!"

You can read the criticisms here, as well as a look at the Ukraine's recent politics. I love Eastern Europe.
Here, we have a look at Cuba and War Profiteers, and here we have one of my favorite posts, an entry looking at the "inevitability" of War with Iran, in which I look at past "inevitable conflicts." It's a good read, but then again, I believe everything on my site is, as, excuse my lack of humility, I believe that my blog is the best under-the-radar look at politics online. While I'm sure there's disagreement with that notion, my blog is very good, and I'm proud of it.

Finally, on an International and more traditionally Liberal note, there's this: Cold as Ice, where we have a post about the savage beating of Seals, as well as a silly anecdote about an old project of mine involving Seal E., seal claps and Arctic Ice City. Given that we're talking about ice, let's talk about global warming.

Read through, and bookmark it, please!
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As one of the people who actually voted for Lieberman in his first run, I'd like to supply a native Connecticut perspective on his political career, thankfully spiraling into oblivion as we speak.

First, you must understand that Nutmeggers are uncommonly principled, however much we might be cast (rightly or wrongly) as chilly assholes to others. (My answer would be: there are 49 other states to check out, and there's a reason we live here instead of wherever you're from.) We've unseated four incumbant U.S. Senators in the past quarter century, which we're told is some kind of record or something, though honestly, the affairs of other states in respect to the relations between their representatives and constituents is not our business to be concerned with. My point is, we expect our elected reps to represent us, not the party, or their powerful pals in Washington.

The national press has said that this is a referendum on the war, and there's a lot of truth to that, but they overlook the fact that it's got a hell of a lot to do with Lieberman personally -- specifically, how his expectation of the love and support of his constituency engendered an inevitable complacency, which gave way to arrogance, and finally contempt. Lieberman has all but completely lost touch with the political values of Connecticut. Much is made of his support of the war, but for Nutmeggers, the much greater offence was his penned editorial in which he chastised those of us who spoke out against the president in a time of war. He may reserve to himself his own sensibilities, but we the constituency reserve to ourselves the right to speak our piece, too, and not be put down for exercising our First Amendment rights, however offensive Holy Joe might find them. While there are many people in Connecticut who do support the war, there are many more who do not, and Lieberman does not represent the majority sensibility on U.S. foreign policy in Connecticut.

But Joe's offences go back much farther than that. I have in my possession a letter from his office defending his support of a federal ban on the Department of Defense's ill-conceived (and massively abused) "Don't Ask /Don't Tell (and Don't Pursue!)" policy, on the flimsy, century-outdated argument that the majority supports it -- you know, just like segregation? It's incredible (as well as deeply offensive) to many of us that an outspoken and pious Jew would talk like this about marginalised populations. But what's notable about this isn't the misguided and out-of-touch sensibility, but the clear evidence of having lost touch with the people he owes his position to.

At this moment, Lieberman is reeling with confusion and disillusionment. He honestly doens't understand how he could have lost to a polical neophyte. What he forgets is that he himself rode to his current seat on exactly the same kind of anti-incumbant backlash. Adding to the irony is that the man he defeated in his first run has endorsed his opponent in this race. What comes around goes around. And Lieberman is only just starting to come around.

What the rest of the nation and the world forgets is that Nutmeggers don't give a rat's ass what anyone outside of Connecticut has to say about it: the man works for us, and it's our purview alone to keep him or dump him, and our entire criteria is his direct service to his consituency, not whomever or whatever he's kissed elsewhere.