February 7, 2006

ISN'T THERE ROOM IN THE BIG TENT PARTY?:

Lamont Takes Steps Toward Running (MARK PAZNIOKAS, February 7, 2006, Hartford Courant)

Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont moved closer Monday toward a challenge of U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman as he created a candidate committee, named a campaign manager and began searching for a headquarters. [...]

Lieberman declined through a spokesman to comment Monday on Lamont's moves or the prospect of facing a Democratic primary in August. He has not had a serious contest since he took the seat from Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. in 1988.

Weicker, an opponent of the war, is considering running as an independent to oppose Lieberman on the general-election ballot in November.


Were we the Smart Party, the GOP would offer Senator Lieberman the Republican nomination.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2006 7:01 PM
Comments

Why? Isn't already being the party of the Maine Twins, Lancelot Linc Chafee, Snarlin' Arlen Specter and John "Big Ego" Keating-McCain enough?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 7, 2006 7:10 PM

Weicker, an opponent of the war, is considering running as an independent to oppose Lieberman on the general-election ballot in November.

National Review should consider reconstituting BuckPac just for old times' sake. They can even hold a party when Weicker gets smoked.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 7, 2006 7:19 PM

Raoul:

No.

Posted by: oj at February 7, 2006 7:22 PM

Other than the occasional "national security" vote, what is the evidence that Lieberman would be to the right of anyone on my list? If anything, all he'd do is make Chafee look like a party-line hack. (Did he vote for cloture on the Alito nomination? I never heard. He stuck to the party line for the final vote, though.)

On the other hand, Holy Joe did jettison all sorts of long and firmly held beliefs to run as Algore's VP, so I guess there is some evidence he can change when the price is right.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 7, 2006 7:49 PM

It would be fine to have Lieberman in the GOP, the trouble is his left-wing wacko wife would inflict unspeakable torments on him, and he won't cross her.

Posted by: pj at February 7, 2006 8:04 PM

Although maybe he'd cross the aisle to be McCain's VP.

Posted by: pj at February 7, 2006 8:05 PM

pj. Pls. the water torture would be preferable.

Posted by: erp at February 7, 2006 8:14 PM

If McCain picks Lieberman as his VP he'll get more Dem votes than GOP votes. McCain needs a solid GOP/conservative on the ticket to calm down the significant part of the party that doesn't trust him.

Posted by: AWW at February 7, 2006 8:34 PM

Joe was very flexible in his politics when he was nominated VP.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 7, 2006 11:43 PM

Chaffee is a party line hack too. Alito was a free vote. He's there when Frist needs him. Lieberman would be too.

Posted by: oj at February 8, 2006 12:17 AM

Well, if being a party line hack is the only necessary and sufficient condition, then you'd want someone who never votes against the party, like Boxer or Biden, to make the switch.

I much prefer St.Joe to stay where he is, so the Left can mobilize against him and everyone can see what they do to whose whose only heresy from Leftist dogma is to actually be a patriot.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 8, 2006 11:55 AM

Raoul:

Maybe we can throw out the others on your list and become a pure party, though a minority...

Posted by: oj at February 8, 2006 12:00 PM
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