The Q-Poll shows that 44% of Lamont's supporters support him mainly because of Lieberman's stance on the Iraq war. And Markos anticipates a bunch of pundits frowning on the large number of "Single Issue" voters.
For a pundit to suggest the Iraq war is a "Single Issue" simply betrays their ignorance of the impact that war has and will continue to have on this country and the rest of the world.
Some are opposed to the war because they're opposed to 2,500 Americans dead, 18,000 Americans wounded, perhaps 100,000 Iraqis dead, untold wounded. Some oppose the war simply because it uses violence to solve problems that should be solved using other means.
Some are opposed to the war because it has ruined our military. Two-thirds of our active army and three-quarters of our National Guard face readiness problems because it needs to replace equipment used in Iraq. Extended deployments and lowered recruiting standards are having bad effects on the military, their families, and our mission. The Iraq war--sold as a way to make our country safer--has only exposed it defensively.
Some are opposed to the war because it has thoroughly destabilized Iraq, and threatens to destabilize the entire region. By almost every standard, Iraqi quality of life is worse today than it was under Saddam.
Some are opposed to the war because it has created precisely the problem that it was cynically sold as a way to prevent. Iraq is creating terrorists, at a time when the threat of terrorism remains very real.
You see, a lot of people are opposed to the war because it is a failure. People don't like failures, particularly not failures that make us weaker.
But you don't even have to get to the many ways the Iraq war was a failure to oppose it. I've been talking for a long time about the Iraq war in terms of opportunity cost. To support the war, unquestioningly, as Joementum has done, means you support the war over other things.
Supporting the war unquestioningly means you support the war over funding No Child Left Behind.
Supporting the war unquestioningly means you support the war over providing college loans to the working and middle class.
Supporting the war unquestioningly means you support the war over funding Medicaid for everyone who needs it.
Supporting the war unquestioningly means you support the war over funding alternative energy research that might help us to avoid this kind of engagement in the Middle East in the future.
Joe Lieberman argued that the Iraq war was the best way to solve a problem that turned out to be illusory. And not only has that "solution" caused a slew of problems. But it has prevented us from addressing the ones we already had. A vote against Lieberman "because of the war" is about a lot more than one vote to support the war.