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  •  If he leaves the democratic party (0+ / 0-)

    His democratic support will vanish overnight. And he knows that. The sheep's clothing will be finally off the wolf.

    But, he's losing it bit by bit anyway, since he's not a democrat, so he thinking a bolt might make sense.

    "Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice." - Arthur C. Clarke

    by groovetronica on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 01:17:15 PM PST

    •  He Can't Run as an Independent (4+ / 0-)
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      It requires several thousand signitures (I think from people who don't vote in the Dem or Repub primaries) to get on the ballot as an independent.  The signitures have to be turned in a day or two after the primary.  There's no way Lieberman could pull that off unless he is engaged in a very public effort to collect enough signatures while at the same time trying to win the Democratic primary.  Thus, here are his options:

      1. He runs in the Dem primary, and he either wins it or he loses and isn't on the November ballot.
      1. He either runs in the Dem primary while also collecting signatures for the independent run (which would obviously hurt his bona fides as a committed Democrat), or he just ignores the Dem primary completely and goes the indie route.
      1. He switches parties before the filing deadline and runs as a Repub.

      Note that if he switches parties, it won't do him much good unless he switches parties before the filing deadline and runs either as a Republican or an independent.  The filing deadline will be the moment of reckoning, where he decides to risk losing the primary to Lamont, or he runs as a Repub and faces Lamont in the general (or he goes indie and tries to win a three-way race, which might be his safest option).  

      I don't know much about election law in CT, so there may be some shenanigans he could pull, but with Lamont running in the Dem primary, he can't pull the the safest move, which is to switch parties on the filing deadline and filing in the primary of the new party, thus not leaving enough time for the spurned party to field a candidate.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 01:42:31 PM PST

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      •  Independent Run (0+ / 0-)

        (or he goes indie and tries to win a three-way race, which might be his safest option).  

        Would that put him in a three-way tie for third?

        "To any sheriff or peace officer of the State of Texas; Greetings: You are hereby commanded to arrest: Thomas Dale Delay" -Warrant for Tom Delay

        by who threw da cat on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 03:08:03 PM PST

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      •  Truth in Advertising (0+ / 0-)
        Lieberman should run as a Republican.  I hope he doesn't, because he would have a better shot at winning that way.  

        It's bad enough that there really only two parties to choose from, but what makes it worse is that there are so many faux Democrats.  

        Candidates should label themselves clearly, for all us dumbed down voters who can't handle nuance.

    •  Go, Joe, Go!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      mattes, EconAtheist

      THIS would be a major PR victory for the Democratic party.  I really think it would be. And it would scare the hell out of the other turncoats who couldn't even bother to show the hell up at the damn censure hearing today.

      (Am I starting to sound like Maryscott?? I hope so.)

      The Democratic party - the party of sanity, reason and kindness.

      by adigal on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 01:57:49 PM PST

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      •  Right on (2+ / 0-)
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        adigal, schlouse

        Many around here have been trying to promote this high-profile race for exactly that reason.

        Putting the DINOs on notice is part of the long-term strategy of recapturing the party... and if one (or more?) can actually be shed in the '06 midterms, well... that's icing, baby.

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        by EconAtheist on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 04:16:58 PM PST

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