August 16, 2006


New Lieberman Retooling Race as Independent (PATRICK HEALY and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, 8/16/06, NY Times)

Far from sulking in defeat, Senator Lieberman has fired most of his senior aides, energized his broad base of donors from his campaigns for president and vice president, produced a new television advertisement explaining his political intentions, and attacked Mr. Lamont over the London terror plot.

The senator appears so emboldened that in spite of the Democratic unity around Mr. Lamont, some Washington Democrats are now acknowledging that a Lieberman victory in November is a distinct possibility. [...]

In a state where Republican and independent voters make up a majority of the electorate, Mr. Lieberman is still developing a message about bipartisanship, but his aides say it will involve adopting positions from both parties and being willing to criticize Democrats as well as Republicans. Meanwhile, Mr. Lamont, a Greenwich millionaire, now has to calibrate his own identity as self-described liberal.

“Given the demographics of Connecticut, it’s still an uphill battle for Lamont, even as the Democratic nominee,” said Donna Brazile, a Democratic consultant and official with the Democratic National Committee, which is supporting Mr. Lamont. [...]

Mr. Lieberman also faces a Republican candidate, Alan Schlesinger, but on Monday President Bush’s spokesman refused to say that the White House was endorsing him, reinforcing concerns about his viability and suggesting that Mr. Lieberman could mine Republican votes.

Lamont advisers said that they had hoped Democratic pressure on Mr. Lieberman to quit would have been unbearable. Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has called on Mr. Lieberman to drop out, but other Democratic leaders have questioned whether it makes sense to take on the senator — and perhaps anger him — when he appears determined to run and relatively formidable right now.


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 16, 2006 12:37 PM

C'mon. No matter what happens, or who does or doesn't endorse him, St.Joe will voluntarily and happily cast the 51st vote making Reid the Majority Leader if it comes to that. The best thing a Republican or true Independent could do is sit this one out and let the Dems fight it out.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 16, 2006 8:20 PM

If the majority of voters are Republicans or Independents, why not make a real effort with a great candidate.

Posted by: erp at August 16, 2006 8:41 PM

Because Lieberman is a great Senator.

Posted by: oj at August 16, 2006 8:56 PM

No, he is just OK. He would have been great had he voted to convict Clinton.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 16, 2006 10:14 PM

Some men are born great, some men have greatness thrust upon them and some men discard greatness for the siren song of perfidy.

Posted by: erp at August 17, 2006 5:46 PM