In 2004 the conservative democrat ran for President all on his own, challenging Howard Dean, John Edwards, and the eventual nominee, John Kerry. Unlike with the previous election, Lieberman’s views became so conservative that many often joked that he was the only Republican on the stage during the debates. After skipping Iowa, followed getting thoroughly trounced in New Hampshire, Lieberman tucked his tail between his legs and left the national stage.
Over the next two years, the Connecticut Senator leaned farther and farther to the right. He took stands against First Amendment rights were ruled as being unconstitutional, and supported an ill-conceived, unpopular, and flatly unnecessary war in Iraq.
The years of supporting Republican agendas in Congress led to a backlash that he never predicted, a strong primary challenge in 2006 for his reelection. The challenger, Ned Lamont, a successful businessman, defeated him in the Democratic primary.
One might think that a man of moral fiber would admit defeat; but not old Joe. He swiftly filed as a third party candidate, and invented a party. The name of his new party: “Connecticut for Lieberman.” How original.
Confusion among Democratic leaders about which candidate to back, coupled with a criminally corrupt Republican candidate that the White House wouldn’t even get behind, led to Lieberman’s win in the general election, and on to six more years in the Senate – a truly sad outcome for America, but a victory for a pitiful unprincipled man.
Didn’t Lieberman vow to support a Democratic President in 2008?
Why yes, yes he did. But what are vows to those like Lieberman? He has proven that he cannot accept the outcome of a fair election under the rules of his own party, and in his own state. It is of absolutely no astonishment whatsoever that Lieberman is unable to keep his own word.
In a statement released on his website, NedLamont.com, Mr. Lamont released this statement:
“During our debate last year, Senator Lieberman intoned that he wanted to, ‘Elect a Democratic President in 2008,’ and that my election would ‘frustrate and defeat our hope of doing that.’ With his endorsement of John McCain today, it is now clear that Joe Lieberman is the one working to defeat our hopes.”
Mr. Lamont, I think the words that you are looking for are “I told ya so!”
Wait a minute! Isn’t there another Democratic Senator from Connecticut running for President?
Why yes, yes there is. Chris Dodd, the real Democratic Senator from Connecticut, and evidently the only one, has been desperately campaigning since early in the cycle, and is making virtually no ground. It would be surprising that Lieberman didn’t come to his colleague’s aid, if it were not for the fact that he is so transparently petty.
In 2006, unlike some of Lieberman’s Democratic friends, including the powerful Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), Chris Dodd correctly supported the rightful democratic nominee for the Connecticut Senate seat. Old blowhard Joe has been harboring a grudge ever since, not that he is man enough to admit it.
“This honestly doesn't have anything to do with last year,” said Lieberman in a telephone conference call with reporters. “I think Chris and I are over that.” Sure it, Joe. Too bad nobody could tell if you had your fingers crossed when you said it.
As for the DLC, they are finding themselves in remorse over their past sins. “I am very saddened by Senator Lieberman's choice, and profoundly disagree with it, said DLC founder and CEO in a statement. “We need to elect a Democratic president in 2008.” Ya think?
What we really need to do is Impeach Joe Lieberman!