Joe Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2000, and who nearly won, has lost the Democratic Primary for his Senate Seat in Connecticut. A tremendous amount of funding and campaign effort was donated to his far-left opponent, Ned Lamont. Lieberman will now run as an Independent in the November general election, and probably win. The net result will simply be the loss of a seat for the Democrats and the addition of one more Independent seat.
More importantly, this has moved the center of gravity of the Democratic party leftward. Essentially, any Democrat that supports the Iraq War and Israel in its war against Hizbollah is unwelcome by the left wing that now dominates the party. This, despite the fact that the most powerful Democrats of them all, the Clintons, supported Lieberman in his primary campaign. Make no mistake, the events of today make Hillary Clinton's Presidential bid vastly more difficult, as the far left will seek to discredit her as well.
Think about which politicians are considered to be near the middle of the ideological spectrum in America today. Names that come to mind are John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Joe Lieberman. Of these, three are comfortably in the Republican Party, and two are serious Presidential candidates. By contrast, the only one who was a Democrat has been pushed out. Which party has the bigger tent that covers the middle? Remember, the party that controls the middle is the one that wins elections. No matter how vocal the extremists are, they cannot gain a majority of the vote.
One last thought comes to mind, however. For 6 years, extreme Bush-haters have failed to come to terms with the results of the 2000 election, insisting it was 'stolen' and that Joe Lieberman was the rightful Vice President. Now that the same extremists no longer like Joe Lieberman, does this mean they are no longer angry about Florida 2000? You can ask : "You are still upset that he did not become the VP six years ago, but you don't even want him as a Senator?"
Be sure to ask this to the next extreme leftist you meet, it should be funny.