Yesterday Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont despite having name recognition and a huge war chest (Joe has served his corporate backers well). But instead of accepting defeat graciously -- dare I say democratically -- he has decided to finally turn away from the party he failed to represent and run as an independent.
"The old politics of partisan polarization won today," Lieberman told supporters in a hotel ballroom in Hartford, Conn. "For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand."I hope you're wearing hip waders because pious Joe is piling it pretty deep. Partisan polarization? If 80% of Democrats (60% of Americans) oppose the war in Iraq, then which candidate best represents their views? Certainly not Lieberman. Lieberman describes partisan polarization as "old politics;" I suppose he thinks obsequious fealty to the opposition party is "new politics." Clearly, Connecticut Democrats have had enough of sycophant Joe.
And how can Lieberman say he is doing this for the sake of his party? He lost his party's primary fair and square, but it's in his party's interest for him to run as an independent? It's about time he started thinking about the Democratic Party, but his logic is plainly flawed. This strategy is much more likely to split the Democratic vote and hand the seat to a Republican than to result in a Lieberman victory.
Personally, I favor tossing out the fat and happy incumbents at every opportunity. Aside from completely dissolving both parties and starting over, that's the only way anything is going to change in Washington. It's appropriate that Bush-backing bastard Lieberman's head is the first to roll.
For more on Lieberman, I recommend David Sirota's commentary.