Reviewer Decries “Vietnam II”, “Watergate II”

by Richard Poe
Thursday, August 10, 2006

11:19 pm Eastern Time

“The Soros purges have begun,” warns FrontPage managing editor Ben Johnson, in an incisive analysis of the Lieberman ouster. Citing our newly-released book The Shadow Party, Mr. Johnson writes:

“Having gained possession of the nation’s oldest party, Soros and his ilk launched what David Horowitz and Richard Poe describe in their new book, The Shadow Party, as `Vietnam II’: the campaign to undermine American morale and beat a hasty retreat in Iraq, as the Democratic Left did during Vietnam. This would be followed by `Watergate II’: the impeachment of President Bush for `lying America into war.'” (1)

Johnson lays out the hidden chronology of the anti-Lieberman coup:

December 9, 2004: MoveOn PAC director Eli Pariser, acting on behalf of George Soros’ Shadow Party, e-mails MoveOn members, stating, “In the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesn’t need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it’s our Party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.” (2)

November 28, 2005: The Marxist journal The Nation calls for a purge of pro-war Democrats, writing, “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.” (3)

May 26, 2006: MoveOn PAC endorses Ned Lamont.(4)

June 10, 2006: Lamont campaign announces that leftist bloggers and Web-based groups have recruited some 2,000 volunteers and half a million dollars to defeat Lieberman.(5)

June 15, 2006: Speaking at the Shadow Party’s annual Take Back America conference in Washington, Ned Lamont receives three standing ovations — the first, lasting a full 20 seconds, upon his introduction.(6)

August 8, 2006: Ned Lamont defeats Joseph Lieberman, receiving the Democratic Party’s nomination to the U.S. Senate from Connecticut.

August 8, 2006: While the votes are still being counted, Senator Hillary Clinton’s HillPAC announces that it is donating $5,000 to Ned Lamont’s Senate campaign, making Hillary the first Democratic leader to extend concrete support to Lamont.(7) (hat tip, Ben Johnson)

As Johnson observes, Lieberman’s ouster — and the copious funding that drove it — demonstrates that “Vietnam II” is in full swing.

by Richard Poe
August 10, 2006 11:19 PM ET

Cross-posted from 08.10.06


1. Ben Johnson, “The Shadow Party Defeats Lieberman“,, 9 August 2006

2. Ben Johnson, “MoveOn: `We Bought’ the Democratic Party“,, 10 December 2004

3. “Democrats and the War“, The Nation, 28 November 2005

4. Press Release: “MoveOn Endorses Ned Lamont“,, 26 May 2006

5. Mark Pazniokas, “Liberal Bloggers Run with Lamont“, Hartford Courant, 10 June 2006

6. David Lightman, “Lamont Stars at Activists’ Meeting in Washington“, Hartford Courant, 15 June 2006

7. John Amato, “Breaking News: First Democratic Leader Steps Up“,, 8 August 2006

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