An Unprecendented Speech by Joseph Lieberman

A lengthy excerpt of a fiery and unprecedented speech delivered today by Sen. Joseph Lieberman in Washington: 

Since retaking Congress in November 2006, the top foreign policy priority of the Democratic Party has not been to expand the size of our military for the war on terror or to strengthen our democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East or to prevail in Afghanistan. It has been to pull our troops out of Iraq, to abandon the democratically-elected government there, and to hand a defeat to President Bush….

Lieberman remains a Democrat in spite of the fact that he lost his state’s Democratic primary last year and won instead as an independent.

I cannot think of a speech delivered by a major figure in a political party (Lieberman was, after all, the Democratic nominee for vice president only seven years ago) as stinging about the status of his own party as this speech is. Ever. Perhaps commenters can come up with something comparable (but remember, I’m not talking about back-benchers or gadflies, but rather figures of central importance to their party).