The purge

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Last fall, the far-left Na­tion mag­a­zine de­clared a purge — an ex­er­cise at which the Left ex­cels — against any Demo­crat un­will­ing to cut-and-run:

“ ‘The Na­tion there­fore takes the fol­low­ing stand: We will not sup­port any can­di­date for na­tional of­fice who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq a ma­jor is­sue of his or her cam­paign. We urge all vot­ers to join us in adopt­ing this po­si­tion. Many worry that the af­ter­math of with­drawal will be ugly, but we can now see that the con­se­quences of stay­ing will be uglier still.’

“Cindy Shee­han and Code Pink agreed, with Shee­han threat­en­ing to run against Dianne Fe­in­stein. She vowed, ‘I’m not go­ing to sup­port an­other pro-war Demo­crat,’ and tar­geted Hil­lary Clin­ton, telling New York­ers only to sup­port her ‘if the sen­a­tor will start speak­ing out against the war and call­ing for with­drawal of troops.’

“Hil­lary is likely to hold on, in part be­cause most Amer­i­cans re­al­ize the Saul Alin­sky dis­ci­ple is much fur­ther Left than she is let­ting on. Joe Lieber­man stead­fastly stood for Amer­i­can vic­tory, and as a re­sult he be­came the first vic­tim of the purges.”

Ben John­son, writ­ing on “The Shadow Party De­feats Lieber­man,” Aug. 9 in Front Page Mag­a­zine at www.front­

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