Don't let the door hit ya, Joe.
Lieberman Defiant In Defeat
12:25 AM EDT, August 9, 2006
By MARK PAZNIOKAS, The Hartford Courant
With the nation watching, Connecticut Democrats thronged to the polls in unexpectedly high numbers Tuesday to reject Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and endorse his anti-war challenger, Ned Lamont.
Unofficial results showed Lamont winning 52 percent of the vote, defeating a three-term incumbent who had come to be defined by his defense of the war in Iraq despite an advertising blitz begging voters to judge him on a progressive labor and environmental record.
Lieberman, 64, a vice presidential nominee in 2000 and a presidential hopeful only two years ago, conceded at 11:03 p.m. in a Hartford ballroom packed with national and international press, then defiantly announced he would press on as a petitioning candidate, forcing a three-way race in November.
"As I see it, in this campaign we just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead. But in the second half our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward to victory in November," Lieberman said. Then he shouted, "Will you join me?"
"Team Connecticut?" What the fuck is that, Joe? Was your primary campaign run by Team Nevada? Might as well've been, since State Connecticut just told you to get bent in no uncertain terms.
If Lieberman had graciously agreed to respect the will of Connecticut Democrats, I wouldn't have another harsh thing to say about him, but he's insisting on running as an independant, and for that he deserves a Box O' Scorn to go with this...
What a tool.
He also deserves to lose the support of Bill (and Hil) Clinton, Schumer and everyone else. Kos thinks Harry Reid should yank his Committee chairs. I don't disagree.
The one thing I want to make clear is this: Lieberman deserved this for many reasons, and, for me, it was not all about the Iraq War and Lamont being anti-war. It was about Lieberman's support for Bush on a whole host of issues besides the War—Alito, Social Security, PATRIOT Act and others...
Say hello to the, hopefully, next Senator from the state of my ancestry, Connecticut.