Senator Joe Lieberman was the Dem’s VP candidate in 2000 presidential candidate himself in 2004, until the money ran out. I guess it never occurred to Joe that he likely lost as many votes for the 2000 ticket as he brought. If he brought any at all.
These days Joe Lieberman is running scared for a 4th term to his senate seat, and his former life as Al Gore’s uninaugurated VP is a fading moment in the political aether.
CT anti-war Dems are all over Joe, and with cause. There hasn’t been a sliver of daylight between him and Bush/Cheney on the war, domestic surveillance, torture, tax cuts…you can pretty much name it.
FACT: 60% of CT residents are against the Iraq war
FACT: Plus or minus 33% of CT Dems have had more than their fill of Joe Lieberman
Q: What took so long?
In 1988, CT Attorney General Joe Lieberman beat incumbent US Sen Lowell Weicker (R- CT ). CT is a solidly Dem state and the only reason Weicker survived three terms there was because he was on a mission to out-Liberal his contiguous colleague to the north, Senator Ted Kennedy
For you twenty-nothings, Weicker was the Lincoln Chafee of the 1970s and 80s who went on to become CT’s Independent “Connecticut Party” Governor.
Fact: Weicker contributed to Lieberman’s Democratic primary opponent
Fun Fact: Weicker is a member of the Board of Director’s of Vince McMahon’s WWE
Joe-mentum came out swinging with perhaps the most insipid political ad of the new century. It begins, “Bears never forget,” …but I thought that was elephants. The ad claims Lamont agrees, “…with the Republicans 80% of the time.” Now there’s a scary case of projection. It’s like Rush Limbaugh calling Bill Clinton a fat, junkie, noodle-dick.
In the event that Lamont takes Joe out in the August 8th primary, Joe wants, “the opportunity to put my case before all the people of Connecticut in November.” So Lieberman’s campaign has begun collecting the necessary 7500 signatures to run as an “independent Democrat” in the general election. Independent democrats, BTW, are those who split the vote and hand the election to the Republican.
PREDICTION: If Joe is unsuccessful all around, watch for him to resurface as Sec’y of Defense in Pres Jeb Bush’s first administration.