August 14, 2006


Sore Loser: Joe Lieberman's irrational campaign (Jonathan Chait, 08.14.06, New Republic)

The longer Senator Joe Lieberman's reelection campaign in Connecticut goes on, the harder it gets to detect any rationale for his candidacy that's persuasive to anybody who isn't Joe Lieberman.

We're not big on Reason around here, but do value the concept of representative democracy--what more reason does the Senator need than that most of his constituents want to re-elect him?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2006 5:30 PM

These guys are all torqued because they know Lamont has peaked, and will be lucky to get 40% in the general election. Lieberman will probably get 53-55%, and could get more if the GOP candidate drops out.

Question of the day: will there be another debate in the fall?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 14, 2006 6:06 PM

A Lieberman win means one less Democrat in the Senate!

Posted by: erp at August 14, 2006 7:03 PM

The longer Jonathan Chait continues to write, the harder it is to detect any rationale for his writing that's persuasive to anyone who isn't Jonathan Chait.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at August 14, 2006 8:02 PM

You mean Chait has decided to take the Sullivan career path?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 15, 2006 9:34 AM

As for Chait's complaints about Lieberman not playing the game by the rules, that complaint would have some validity if people like him had a record of deploring all the previous examples of Dems gaming the system. As is too often the case, he's whining becase he's and his kind got gamed, something that's only supposed to happen to those stupid fundamentalist right-wing Christer Republicans. In any case, the only thing the Dems seem to stand for is personal political power at all costs, so Lieberman's actions make him a perfectly good Dem.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 15, 2006 9:40 AM

Is there any Democrat anywhere who wanted to follow state law and keep Torricelli's name on the ballot?

I thought not. It's probably time for Chait to go on Hugh Hewitt's radio show again.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 15, 2006 10:26 PM