Rahm Emanuel has is teaching his party how to play smart. Check the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman’s take on tonight’s Lieberman ouster:
This shows what blind loyalty to George Bush and being his love child means. This is not about the war. It’s blind loyalty to Bush.
Sean Hannity & Co. want to turn the Lamont into some second coming of Gene McCarthy — so they can rail against the resurgence of the antiwar Dems. But that’s not the narrative that’s going to help the Democrats win in November. So Emanuel is, savagely, wittily, offering a better alternative:
Bush loyalists, even three term senators, will feel the voters’ wrath this year. Out of anger over a failed war? Sure. But it’s more than that. It’s about being an eager, unreflective booster of a failed presidency.
Is it heartless to attack Lieberman on this lifelong Democrat’s sorriest night? Perhaps. But when it’s your job to get Democratic base voters to savage GOP incumbents in a feeding frenzy this November, you’d be dumb not to stir the blood in the water. And Emanuel’s as smart as the Democrats have got.