Monday, July 31, 2006

Lieberman vs. Lamont

Out here in Connecticut, the Democratic primary that will take place next week is big news. I can’t go 5 minutes without Lamont’s and Lieberman’s campaigns somehow making their way into my life.

For obvious reasons, this battle between Lieberman and Lamont is a metaphor for the struggles within the Democratic Party as a whole. Joe’s pragmatic and conservative approach, as well as his support for Bush and the war in Iraq has made him terribly unpopular with the left leaning portion of his own party. It is hard to imagine that just 6 years ago, he was the Vice Presidential nominee for the party; now he will be lucky to beat a generally novice opponent.

Peter Brown has an interesting piece up about Lieberman’s potential bid for the White House if he is to lose his the Democratic nomination.
“The most interesting question about the possibility that Connecticut Democrats could deny Sen. Joseph Lieberman renomination is whether that would help or hurt the senator's political prospects, or, for that matter, the Democratic Party's.

That's because even if Lieberman loses the Aug. 8 Democratic primary — and the newest polling data says that is a real possibility — he would be a huge favorite for re-election as an independent come November.

And if that is the case, it would not be hard to write a scenario in which the real loser from a Lieberman defeat to anti-war candidate Ned Lamont might be the Democratic Party itself.

That would especially be the case if Lieberman's good friend Sen. John McCain of Arizona becomes the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and picks Joe as his running mate.

Then, Lieberman, Al Gore's running mate in 2000, would become the only person in American history to have ever run on the national ticket of both parties. And Lieberman on a Republican fusion ticket in 2008 might be a huge GOP asset.”

1 comment:

Edward Copeland said...

I have a guest post at The Reaction outling just a few of the reasons Joe should go if you are interested. Click here.