While it's extremely unlikely that anyone reading this won't know it already, Ned Lamont beat Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary last night. Lieberman told the Associated Press, "I'm definitely going forward. I feel that I closed strong in the primary. I feel we began to get our message across strongly and we're going to keep on going."
The GOP has pinned a lot of hopes on Lieberman. Their candidate in the race, Alan Schlesinger, has absolutely no chance. A reputed card cheat (I shit you not) Schlesinger is catching flak for gambling under an assumed name to avoid being barred from the tables as a card counter. He has no chance and many republicans want him to quit the race entirely.
In fact, Schlesinger's chances are so slim that the fear is that Lieberman's run as an independent will draw votes away from the GOP, as it likewise splits the democratic vote.
This makes Lieberman the de facto GOP candidate. He already has the support of Tom DeLay, Ann Coulter, and William Kristol. Sean Hannity asked Lieberman, "I need to know, yes or no, do you want my public support, do you want my endorsement, do you think that hurts your re-election efforts, do you want me to come out in opposition of you, I want to do what's in your best interests, you gotta tell me what you want me to do."
This email was sent out by the College Republicans at Princeton:
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Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 18:52:09 -0400
From: "[windows-1252] College Republicans"
Reply-To: College Republicans
Subject: Unconventional Primary Campaign Opportunity (LIEBERMAN)
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. In June, I informed you all of a campaign opportunity for State Senator Tom Kean race for U.S. Senate in NJ. Continuing the tradition of letting you about summer campaign opportunities here is a much more unconventional option:
Incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman (Democratic Primary)
Lieberman is facing a tough primary fight versus far-left anti war activist Ned Lamont.
August 4-9th Primary Campaigning:
Elissa Harwood '09 (NOT A CLUB MEMBER) has organized a series of buses departing on Friday August 4 from Washington DC (6:30 Foggy Bottom Metro) and NYC, destination: Hartford, CT
People interested in campaigning for Lieberman in the Democratic Primary will have lodging accommodations paid for (by his campaign), as well as food and transportation.
Buses would bring you back on August 9th.
If Interested, E-mail: XXX@Princeton.EDU or call her
The interesting thing here is that it shows the desperation of the GOP. They know they're not going to get any love in November, so they'll take any pro-Bush candidate they can get. Lieberman won't do anything to help them retain their majority, but as a dem who not only supports the war, but voted with the religious nuts in the Schiavo case, let Alito through, supported Bush's corrupt social security privatization, and said, "in times of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril” in defending Bush from war critics, he's their kind of democrat.
He won't have the support of the Democratic Party now, but he'll be able to make up for it with the checks cut by GOP donors.