This morning on NPR, Cokie Roberts said yesterday's NYT endorsement of Ned Lamont in the Connecticut senate race was "a blow" to the Lieberman campaign. Duh. Cokie also said that Ned was running pretty much on the Iraq war issue and that "the base" was "punishing" candidates like Lieberman that, well, kinda' like the war.
Not so fast Cokie. Do you think Bush gave Lieberman a tongue bath on CSPAN solely because Joe gave him some war love? Don't believe it.
Face it - Joe will lose because he's insufferable. While his PNAC stance on Iraq is the worst thing about him, there are plenty of other reasons to send him packing. Duncan Black gathered some of the evidence in an LA Times op-ed; it includes Lieberman scolding Bill Clinton in 1998 when Clinton could have used a friend other than his dog (why Clinton is now campaigning for Lieberman is inexplicable). Unlike Clinton, Bush made war, not love, and is responsible for the deaths of thousands. Despite this, Holy Joe can't understand why Bush is far more dangerous to the republic, instead whining that we "undermine presidential credibility at our peril." Translation? Democrats who want to stop Bush should just shut up. Are you surprised that Sean Hannity offered to campaign for Joe?
What else has he done? Remember when Joe was running around with Tipper Gore because he was offended by bad words on a Judas Priest CD? Remember when Feingold moved to censure Bush and Joe bitched about how that would be "divisive"? Remember when Joe wouldn't support an Alito filibuster? Remember when Joe said that if one hospital said you couldn't have Plan B you should just hop in a taxi and direct the driver to the next one, even if you'd been raped? Remember when Joe voted for the Bush/Cheney energy bill?
And, citizens of Connecticut, even if you defeat Holy Joe in the primary on August 8th, guess what? You still won't be rid of him! See, Joe knows better than you voters what's good for you, so he'll run as an Independent if you try to take "his" Senate seat away. That's why you'll have another opportunity to dump Lieberman in the fall - because he won't take no for an answer. For now, ask him about all this stuff - but especially about his support for the Dear Leader's war. Lately he's been strangely silent about that.
cross-posted at Taylor Marsh's place.