July 5, 2006


Sen. Clinton: Lieberman on own if he loses Dem primary (MARC HUMBERT, July 4, 2006, AP)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a longtime supporter of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, said Tuesday she will not back the Connecticut Democrat's bid for re-election if he loses their party's primary.

Backing Mr. Lieberman would give Ms Clinton some moderate credibility nationally and given that he's going to win the general would potentially make her a key figure in keeping him in the caucus if other Democrats turn on him. Ditching him associates her with the far Left and fuels the possibility of a future party switch by the Senator.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2006 8:13 AM

If Lieberman ever switched parties he would be shunned by family, friends, political buddies, in fact everyone who means anything to him, including probably his wife and surely those who attend his synagogue. He would indeed be a stranger in a strange land.

Even running as an independent wouldn't go over that well with his crowd (pun intended).

Posted by: erp at July 5, 2006 9:27 AM

The powerful always have friends.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2006 9:30 AM

OJ - Lieberman is losing power by the day.

Clinton probably figures knocking out Lieberman now eliminates a potential '08 rival, ignoring the larger picture of how this will position her in the quickly fracturing Dem party.

Posted by: AWW at July 5, 2006 9:35 AM


Gaining. Switching puts him in the majority, not the minority, and gets him a chairmanship.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2006 9:41 AM

Does Clinton vote in Connecticut? Then this is a no brainer--she shores up her left bona fides yet has no impact on his re-election. She won't be campaigning for Lamont.

I doubt if Joe will switch until after 08. If A GOPer wins the Presidency in 2008 and the GOP still controls the Seanate, then why not?

Posted by: Bob at July 5, 2006 10:04 AM

She doesn't need to shore up to the Left, she needs to appear to be moving Right.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2006 10:09 AM

St. Joe ain't gonna switch, for the same reason Moynihan always voted strict party line even against policies he claimed he supported. (He's already said that if he wins as an "Independent Democrat", he'll caucus with the Dems.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 5, 2006 10:47 AM

Mr. Judd;

The powerful always have friends
If power were really what that crew wanted, they wouldn't be running the campaigns that they do, would they?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at July 5, 2006 11:16 AM

They have power.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2006 2:21 PM

Not if Hillary and company work against him. Moynihan didn't switch because he liked a safe seat.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2006 2:22 PM