June 6, 2006


Lieberman faces showdown over Iraq (John Whitesides, Jun 5, 2006, Reuters)

After years of ardent support for the Iraq war, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman could become that conflict's first big political casualty in a Democratic primary race fueled by rising anti-war anger.

Lieberman, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2000, faces a growing challenge from a political neophyte who has rallied Democrats angered by the senator's enthusiastic backing of the war and willingness to support Republican President George W. Bush on other issues. [...]

Lieberman has frustrated Democrats for years on issues beyond Iraq, from his early condemnation of President Bill Clinton during the 1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal to his recent refusal to support a filibuster against conservative Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. [...]

Lieberman has refused to rule out an independent bid if he loses the primary, giving rise to Democratic fears he could split their vote and give the seat to Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger, a state legislator.

As a Republican he could even vote his conscience.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2006 8:10 AM

His conscience is a moveable feast.

Posted by: erp at June 6, 2006 8:18 AM

Move it to the right party and he'll do the right thing.

Posted by: oj at June 6, 2006 8:24 AM

Isn't that effectively the definition of no conscience?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 6, 2006 8:46 AM

Is there a real chance that he could lose the primary, or is this just more leftie pie in the sky?

Posted by: ed at June 6, 2006 9:22 AM

Ed - I think it is pie in the sky as there must be enough serious Dems in CT to realize that knocking out Lieberman might mean losing the seat. Don't forget the Defense contractors in Groton and Hartford who probably won't like an anti-war message.

Posted by: AWW at June 6, 2006 10:44 AM

AOG, the Democrats have always been better about party line displine. Acting on your conscience(specially in a democracy) doesn't mean acting like Don Q.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 6, 2006 10:55 AM

Your society creates your conscience.

Posted by: oj at June 6, 2006 11:01 AM

Lieberman's opponent, Ned Lamont, has the full backing of the Kos/DU/moonbat/netroots wing of the Democrat Party. Kos and his Kossacks have even appeared in a TV ad for him.

In other words, Ned Lamont is doomed.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 6, 2006 11:11 AM

Who says liberals and conservatives can't agree?

Lieberman has been a reliable vote for the Republican party for years. Perhaps soon the good citizens of Connecticut will get the representation they deserve.

Posted by: Lonbud at June 7, 2006 10:43 PM