I hope Joe Lieberman gets off on taking it up the butt from Republicans. He is probably patting himself on the back with pride as he watches the Republican party ditch their chosen nominee for the CT Senate race and do everything they can to boost Lieberman's candidacy. But I hope he isn't fooling himself. The only reason the Republicans are on his jock is to boost the Republican turn out in the general election and thereby significantly improve the chances of the down ticket Congressional candidates who in for a world of hurt. You see, Joe, it all comes back to the Republicans maintaining the House. Can you see that? It is painfully obvious.
It all comes down to whether Holy Joe values himself over the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, I know the answer is that Joe believes in his own Holiness more than anything else. He is more than willing to bend over and take it up the rear if he can maintain his own power.
Facing Senator Joseph I. Lieberman’s independent candidacy, Republican officials at the state and national level have made the extraordinary decision to abandon their official candidate, and some are actively working to help Mr. Lieberman win in November.
Despite Mr. Lieberman’s position that he will continue to caucus with Democrats if re-elected, all three Republican Congressional candidates in Connecticut have praised Mr. Lieberman and have not endorsed the party’s nominee, Alan Schlesinger. An independent group with Republican ties is raising money for Mr. Lieberman, who has been a strong supporter of President Bush on the Iraq war.
But one thing is clear: there is little to no talk of bolstering Mr. Schlesinger, 48, the Republican nominee...
Yeah, right. This is not about the Iraq War, idiots. Lieberman votes almost 90% with the Democrats and will caucus with the Democrats so why do they want him so bad? How, exactly, will his support for this dumb ass war be of any use to them when it comes to votes in the Senate, I ask you?
The Times offers up this rationale:
But what kind of message would it send if a strong defense, pro-Iraq senator won in this environment? It would prove you can be for what George W. Bush is doing in Iraq and still win, even in the Northeast.
Hogwash. By the time this particlar question is answered it will be too late to influence anything. The Adminstration and the Republicans care about one thing and that is maintaining control of the House.
Sid Blumental has it right over at TPMCafe:
Indeed, Brother Sid. Indeed.
Lieberman can only win by securing almost all the Republican votes. His campaign must pull Republican votes to the polls, courtesy of the national GOP on which his ambition has become dependent. That can have a drastically negative effect on the Democratic campaigns in the three Connecticut congressional districts where Republican representatives are at risk. Those three seats comprise 1/5 of the total number of 15 that Democrats need to gain the House. Out of necessity Lieberman has become an active obstacle to Democratic victory and one of the key bulwarks for protecting Bush's one-party rule essential for remaining unaccountable for the rest of his presidency.
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