HI-Sen: Primary roles reversed from Connecticut
by Chris Bowers, Sun May 21, 2006 at 11:40:00 AM EDT
Lieberman's unstinting support for the conflict has led to considerable unrest among the party's liberal base, who are lining up behind the antiwar Lamont in hopes of toppling a titan. (Lamont is up with three television ads in advance of this weekend's state convention.)
But, few political junkies -- even true Fix fanatics -- are likely aware that a similar situation is playing out in Hawaii's Democratic primary between Sen. Daniel K. Akaka and U.S. Rep. Ed Case. In that contest, Akaka is touting his vote against the 2002 use-of-force resolution while Case has said he would likely have supported it had he been in Congress at the time. I am thrilled hat Case, who is not a very loyal or progressive Democrat when it comes to either voting or rhetoric, is vacating his seat. This makes it far easier for a progressive to take over for him. However, I think it would be a disaster if a progressive like Akaka were to lose to a New Dem upstart. The idea of pro-Iraq war Dems successfully defeating anti-Iraq war Dems in 2006 is nauseating to me.
I also think that this election has a useful purpose. If anyone has the gall to claim that progressives are wasting Democratic resources in 2006 by challenging incumbents like Lieberman, just point to Hawaii where conservatives are doing the same thing. How dare the DLC waste Democratic resources like this! Don't they know the real target should be Republicans?
It might be fun to compare the final results in Hawaii to the final results in Connecticut. Let's see who can run the better primary challenge.
Update: Polls apparently show Case either ahead or very competitive, although I can't find anything on polling report. Akaka has a 76-18 approval rating among Dems according to Survey USA.