July 4, 2006


Senator's Plan B Creates Quandary for Democrats (PATRICK HEALY and JENNIFER MEDINA, 7/04/06, NY Times)

Once more the problem is Iraq. But this time it is not only Mr. Lieberman who is being challenged; it is the national party leadership, as it faces a grassroots push to toughen its stand against the Iraq war and distance itself from a senator who supports the war.

Leaders of the national Democratic Party, like Mr. Dean, the chairman, and Charles S. Schumer, who is leading the effort to regain control of the Senate, may have to choose between Mr. Lieberman and an antiwar Democrat in the fall, when they had hoped to make Iraq squarely the president's problem.

Mr. Lieberman is making contingency plans to run as an independent in November if he loses the Aug. 8 Democratic primary to the antiwar candidate, Ned Lamont. A Lieberman loss in the Democratic primary would put national Democrats in a bind. Many of them are longtime colleagues and friends of Mr. Lieberman's, and he has said he will vote with the Democrats if he is re-elected as an independent. Democrats are trying to hold onto all of their seats and pick up six Republican seats to regain control of the Senate.

Senator Schumer, a strong supporter of Mr. Lieberman's, has been careful in recent days to limit his endorsement of his colleague to the primary race. "We are supporting Joe Lieberman in the primary, and we're not going to speculate about things afterwards because that undermines your candidate," Mr. Schumer said on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We're supporting Joe. He's going to win."

Karen Finney, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said the party would support its nominee this fall, whether it is Mr. Lieberman or Mr. Lamont.

They either end up rejecting just about the only nationally known and respected Democrat because he's too moderate for the Party, or backing a guy who's more hawkish on the WoT than the President.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 4, 2006 12:12 PM


Posted by: oj at July 4, 2006 1:56 PM

I tried to trackback to this article, but it didn't work. I just wanted to let you know.

This really does put the dems in quite a quandry doesn't it?? LOLOLOLOL

Posted by: beth [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2006 2:22 PM
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