Lamont, however, is still facing an uphill battle for the US Senate. Sen. Lieberman has declared an independent candidacy and is leading in the polls by 5%. But even if Lamont is attempting to rock the boat on Iraq, he is still in full defense of Israel and the country's bloody three-week bombardment of Lebanon.
"In a sense, I understand why my opponent has to try to silence the truth. She, and a broad segment of our political leadership, bear responsibility for the deaths of these (Qana) children," Tasini recently wrote. "They gave cover for what many rank-and-file Israeli citizens (and some Israeli politicians) are now calling a moral and military debacle."
On August 21, the New York Times called on Hillary Clinton to debate Tasini, writing, "Since Mr. Tasini is running an antiwar campaign, it would be very useful for New Yorkers to have a chance to hear the two Democratic candidates debate that one issue." Hillary, of course, isn't likely to take heed, and truthfully, that's undemocratic. But that seems to be the Democratic strategy of late.
Perhaps the debacle in New York is not quite as egregious as the Democrats' move to stifle opposition in Pennsylvania, where antiwar Green Party candidates have been forced to withdraw their names from the state ballot because they cannot afford the costly legal fees needed to challenge the Democrats' snooty lawyers. The Democrats claim the Green Party used "fake names, names of unregistered voters and illegible signatures" to get on this year's ballot. But really, the Democrats just didn't want any challenges to their support for the war in Iraq or the US's unconditional support for Israel.
While the mainstream antiwar movement was celebrating Lamont's conquest over Lieberman, Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney's (who has been openly critical of Israel) campaign took a bullet in Georgia. Where were the MoveOn.org and the DailyKos mobs then? Certainly not demanding that their members donate money to her antiwar campaign. Was it because she doesn't think that US taxpayers should be supporting American and Israeli military aggression in the Middle East? Is that why they are all ignoring Jonathan Tasini and others?