From this article at The Raw Story:
With less than a month to go before the elections, Vice President Dick Cheney offered up strong words of praise for Joe Lieberman, while taking shots at the "Dean Democrats" who have "purged" the Connecticut senator from the Democratic Party.Hardcore conservative Republicans like Dick Cheney have their political futures staked on Joe Lieberman's campaign. Cheney sees a Lieberman victory as essential to keeping the conservative status quo alive in Washington.
"The case of Joe Lieberman is a perfect illustration of the basic philosophical difference between the two parties in the year 2006," Cheney said at a Topeka, Kansas fundraiser for Rep. Jim Ryun on Thursday afternoon. "And it's a reminder that the elections on November 7th will have enormous consequences for this nation, one way or the other."
Lieberman is running for reelection as an Independent after his upset in the Democratic primary by challenger Ned Lamont, which was primarily due to his continued support of the war in Iraq and his perceived coziness with the Bush Administration.
After slamming DNC Chairman Howard Dean for declaring nearly three years ago that "the capture of Saddam [Hussein] has not made America safer," Cheney said that "[p]erhaps it should come as no surprise that such a party would turn its back on a man like Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut."
In December of 2003, Lieberman had said that Dean was living in a "spider hole of denial" if he believed America wouldn't be safer after the former Iraqi leader's capture.
"Senator Lieberman was my opponent in 2000 – Al Gore's running mate, a longtime senator, and one of the most loyal and distinguished Democrats of his generation," said Cheney. "Joe is also an unapologetic supporter of the fight against terror."
The vice president championed the Democratic senator for his "courage to stick" to his convictions, with regards to the war in Iraq.
"He voted to support military action in Iraq when most senators in both parties did the same – and he's had the courage to stick by that vote even when things got tough," Cheney explained. "And now, for that reason alone, the Dean Democrats have purged Joe Lieberman from the Democratic Party."
Many Lamont supporters have also criticized Lieberman for suggesting that it's improper to criticize a president during wartime.
"Their choice, instead, is a candidate whose explicit goal is to give up the fight against the terrorists in Iraq – never mind that Iraq is a fellow democracy; never mind that the Iraqi people and their elected leaders are counting on us," said Cheney.
We have a choice in November. We can stay the course.
Or we can elect Ned Lamont, and CHANGE the course. For the better.