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May 27, 2006
A Disintegration In Party Branding?

A number of us have debated over the last couple of weeks whether conservatives can get true representation within the Republican Party. The debate has caused many to despair over the upcoming midterm elections, fearing that the infighting in the GOP may hand Democrats control of the House. However, the Los Angeles Times reports that Democrats have similar internal stresses that may leave them unable to take advantage of the opportunity this fall:

The liberal challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) escalated Friday when the political arm of, an influential online advocacy group, endorsed the political newcomer opposing his bid for renomination.

Gaining the support of MoveOn's political action committee was Ned Lamont, a businessman who wants to unseat Lieberman largely because of the veteran lawmaker's staunch support for the war in Iraq. The group announced its backing after polling MoveOn's members in Connecticut.

MoveOn has emerged as a leading voice for left-leaning activists, and the endorsement marks the first time that its PAC has sought to unseat an incumbent Democratic senator.

I recall when MoveOn first posed as a centrist organization, scolding the nation for its attack on Bill Clinton and urging us to "move on". Now MoveOn has become a central organization for the far-left, and its influence has increased as a result.

Does this portend the erosion of the two-party system in the US -- and if it does, will that destabilize American politics? I'll write more on this topic later, but I'd like to hear your comments.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 27, 2006 10:45 AM

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