UPDATE: Cut'n'run Lieberman

UPDATE: John Byrne reports that the Democratic party will probably drop Lieberman if he loses: "A senior Democratic party official confirmed that the DSCC is unlikely to back Lieberman should he lose the primary to Ned Lamont."

Another win for the netroots. Another blow to the beltway fraternity.


A few minutes ago, the netroots scored a MAJOR victory when Joe Lieberman (D[INO]-CT) announced that he will run as an independent should he lose the primary to Ned Lamont. The money quote: "I have loyalties that are greater than those to my party."

Umm, yeah, that's what the voters are starting to suspect.

In congressional elections incumbents win roughly 95% of their races. When you go to primaries I'm not even sure there are statistics on incumbents losing their seat. It just doesn't really happen (congress buffs get out your red pens).

But progressive bloggers and their readers have been pointing to Joe Lieberman's penchant for handing Bush the fig leaf of bipartisanship on numerous issues, his stance on the war, and his sneaky weakness when it comes to women's reproductive issues, for quite some time now.

They've simultaneously supported virtual unknown Ned Lamont, an antiwar Democrat, in the primary.

As Lieberman's numbers have dropped and Lamont's risen, Joe's been mum on whether he'll abide by the primary process, refusing to rule out an independent run. In other words, he's fine taking money and support from the Democratic party but if the Democratic voters don't support him he'll see if Republicans do. And the Democratic party has thus far refused to comment, maintaining its support.

But regulations have gotten in the way. Because he'd need thousands of signatures to get on the ballot, and because he'd need them just a day after losing the primary, Lieberman has been forced to announce, as he did moments ago, that he will run as an independent should he lose.

The crucial piece here, as this has been coming for weeks, is what Schumer, Dean and other party leaders do in response. David Sirota, who suggests action, comments:

Will the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee back Lieberman if Lieberman loses the Democratic Party primary? After all, the DSCC itself claims that its “mission is to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate.” So, will the DSCC respect the will of Democratic Party voters in Connecticut and back the Democratic nominee, even if it is Ned Lamont? Or, will the DSCC succumb to Washington insiderism and back Lieberman, even if he loses the Democratic Party primary and leaves the party?
Meanwhile, interested insiders are left regurgitating the hoary rhetoric of a decade of failure... (Firedoglake, Sirotablog)

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