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  •  I Think You Have It Backwards (2+ / 0-)
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     He's already toast in CT among Democrats - he's burned too many bridges to win a contested primary. He won't be able to replicate this year's win because the GOP will field a serious candidate next time hoping to pick off a three way race. So his only future is to actually run as the Republican and hope he can still hold the Independents and pick off 20% or so of the Dems.

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      why did he get more than 1/3 of the Democratic vote?  He is toast among them?

    •  He doesn't *have* to win a contested primary. (3+ / 0-)

      Why should he? He didn't have to this time.

      And Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer winked at him, and told the rest of us to fuck off.

      If Lieberman screws the Senate Dems by leaving, I'll call Harry Reid's office to say "I told you so."

      Real mature, I know, but hey, so's letting Joe Lieberman fuck the party over.

      (granted, I didn't actually tell Harry Reid this directly, of course, unless he's been reading the rants of me and a thousand other angry DKos posters; I mean, I've been in the "Don't trust Joe Lieberman to be a loyal Democrat" camp for some time now, and I think it's pretty obvious that Joe's out for Joe, and he'll attack any Democrat he has to to protect himself)

      The message for 2006 is: Republicans are a bunch of fucking crooks, and they're fucking up the country.

      by Christopher on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:13:18 AM PST

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      •  I think the deal may already have been made. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not sure about this, but I suspect that the reason the Democratic heavyweights -- Reid, Schumer, Clinton, etc. -- stayed out of Connecticut was a deal that Lieberman laid out to them after the primary. I think he warned them that if they came in and campaigned for Lamont, that he would definitely switch parties after the election; but if they played nice with him, he'd stick with 'em instead of sticking it to 'em.

        This could explain the hints that he was dropping in the last couple weeks, where he was saying that he'd remember who his friends were. It was a lightly-veiled warning and reminder to the party machinery to leave him alone, or else.

        But I think, I hope, that when the dust settles, he'll caucus with the Democrats. He can tell as well as anyone which way the wind is blowing.

        Lying about WMDs changed everything.

        by Nowhere Man on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:20:54 AM PST

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      •  He didn't have to ThisTime.... (1+ / 0-)
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        ....only because there was no serious GOP candidate. That will not be the case next time - the GOP will be prepared with someone who could compete in a three way (insert Foley joke here).  He will have to either win a contested Democratic primary or run as a Republican next time to have any shot.  

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