'Lieberman Democrats' Have No Place In an Opposition Party

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Lieberman's position was roundly condemned in Democratic activist and online communities, where many consider him a turncoat. Some Democrats are even openly supporting a challenger in the August primary for his Senate seat. The groundswell of opposition from within Lieberman's own party runs far deeper than the Dubai deal — and, for that matter, his continued support for the war in Iraq. The fallout between the Connecticut senator and the Democratic base illustrates a broader debate that has gripped the party since the most recent presidential election. The debate has little to do with ideology. It is, first and foremost, about leadership.

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