At least there's one "Democrat" who remains reliable: Joe Lieberman (V-CT), who can be relied upon to let down both the Democratic Party and America's little-d democratic principles. On the day before Independence Day, he's outdone himself: like the WATB he (like all neocons) is, he has announced that he is an egotist first, a Democrat second, and that if he loses in the Dem primary to Ned Lamont, he'll run as an independent. Therefore, even before the primary race is held, Lieberman's out gathering signatures for a run as an independent in case he loses.
In Lieberman's mind, this is good campaign strategy, because he thinks that an independent bid would split Democratic voters in the general election, handing the race to the Republican challenger. He'll try to bully Connecticut's Democratic primary voters into handing him the nomination to prevent the seat from falling into Republican hands.
The truth? Lieberman's such a neocon these days -- simultaneously planted so firmly both in the rear wallet pockets of big campaign contributors and in the pasty white rump of Karl Rove that I get a headache trying to sort out the contortions that posture requires -- that he's as likely to split the conservative vote as the liberal vote; his independent candidacy will be a wash. And as to the primary, if this announcement doesn't unite Connecticut's Democrats behind Lamont, well, we don't deserve to win. (If you need more background or additional reasons to call Joementum the backstabbing Vichy he really is, surf these posts.)
So the title of Big Baldfaced Loser o' the Day goes to Joementum Lieberman, issuing his Declaration of Dependence on corporate money and the Bush White House to retain his nominally Democratic seat. And tomorrow I'll hoist a beer to celebrate the good citizens of Connecticut, whom I expect are independent enough to hand Lieberman his hat on primary day and again in November. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Please DONATE TO NED LAMONT HERE!
Now I'm going to go wash my hands, since I had to type the name "Liberman" so many times.
Happy Fourth, everyone. It's going to be a better second half of the year.
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