The only thing I can say about the Democratic Party is that they’ve totally gone off the deep end. This headline tells the story:

Some Dems Want Lieberman Out of Party

Can there be any stronger evidence that the Democratic Party is disintegrating before our very eyes? Is there a need for more proof that being a good progressive isn’t good enough for Democrats anymore?

Critics of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s independent run to keep his job attacked on two fronts Monday, with one group asking an elections official to throw him out of the Democratic Party and a former rival calling on state officials to keep his name off the November ballot.

In one sense, this is a sign that Democrats understand that Ned Lamont can’t win if Lieberman is on the ballot. I’ll guarantee that that won’t sit well with the Nutroots gang. They want their first general election victory so bad that they don’t care how they get it. They don’t care if they tell the nation that they prefer an empty suit yes man over a man who was 538 votes away from being the Vice President of the United States.

The Nutroots either don’t understand or don’t care that they’re telling America that they don’t take kindly to people who don’t strictly adhere to their rules. After all, “it’s their party” because “they paid for it.” That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised that they’re attempting to kick Joe Lieberman, who is more liberal than Harry Reid, out of the party.

Lieberman campaign manager Sherry Brown said the effort was “dirty political tricks at its worst.” “This kind of ridiculous, partisan game-playing is not going to provide anyone in Connecticut with better jobs, better health care, or better schools,” she said.

I pray that Rush jumps all over this tomorrow because it’s the type of thing that’ll tell lunchbucket Democrats that they aren’t welcome in the Democratic Party anymore. As a sidenote, this is the type of thing that Washington pundits don’t take into account when sizing up races across the country. The Democratic Party is fact becoming a purist, tyrannical party that doesn’t tolerate differences of opinion. This isn’t isolated to Connecticut, either. It’s rippling across the country. Witness Brendan Loy’s ‘divorce’ from the Democratic Party:

But regardless of all that, the hard reality is that the voters have spoken, and their message was loud and clear: there’s no longer room for Joe Lieberman in the Democratic Party. And alas, tonight’s result will reverberate through the November elections and into the 2008 presidential campaign. It’s really much more than just a single primary in a single state; it’s a shot across the bow of moderate Democrats everywhere. And so, whatever further ramifications this result might have, there’s one thing it definitely means, one result that is officially cast in stone, as of today:
I am no longer a Democrat.
I’ve been calling myself a Democrat since I was ten years old, when I marched around the schoolyard in fifth grade chanting “Jerry Brown! Jerry Brown!” and, later, played the part of Bill Clinton in a sixth-grade mock debate. At the age of 13, I threw my hands up in dismay when the GOP took over Congress. When I turned 18, I registered without hesitation as a Democrat. I proudly cast my ballot for Al Gore in 2000, and, somewhat less proudly, for John Kerry in 2004. In recent years, I’ve seen the “base” of the Democratic Party drifting away from sense and sanity, and at the same time, I’ve felt my own ideological compass pulled somewhat to the right by world events. Yet I remain profoundly uncomfortable with the Republican Party for a variety of reasons, and I’ve never much liked the idea of being an “independent,” considering it, with all due respect to those who wear the label proudly, something of a cop-out in many cases.

I agree with Brendan Loy that this will have lasting effects, not just on this year’s elections but in the presidential election in 2008. The Nutroots gang is very demanding as evidenced by them wanting Lieberman out of their party.

As I’ve told others, this isn’t the Democratic Party of Hubert Humphrey, JFK, FDR and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. I’d doubt that they’d want to be part of this Democratic Party.

What a shame.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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