Joe Lieberman was incensed.
He'd just been confronted at a campaign event for Irish supporters in his hometown of Stamford, Conn., by a woman who lectured him about his lack of commitment to the Democratic Party.
"She was a plant," said Mr. Lieberman, complaining to two campaign staffers in the parking lot behind the Irish Tigín Pub. "It was a set-up."
This, writ small, is what has become of Mr. Lieberman's political career.
More after the jump including a roundup of news from the event.
He can't believe that I'd actually come to the event for the reason that I stated (and told his staffer when I signed in, using my real name). He can't believe that a normal person, not a paid political operative or his opponent's mole, would actually be honest to him to his face.
Of my interaction with Sen. Lieberman, Jason Horowitz further describes:
It was not a coincidence, then, that a protester at Mr. Lieberman's Irish-pub event on Monday morning carried a shoulder bag from Kos' annual convention--filled with red buttons depicting Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Bush engaged in a kiss. And neither, at least by Mr. Lieberman's reckoning, was the public scolding he got from Maura Keaney, a junior high-school teacher and Lamont campaign volunteer, who took him to task inside the Irish pub on Monday morning.
"I'm wondering why you're being a `fair-weather Democrat,' saying that you'll only respect the Democratic primary if you win--isn't that the epitome of a `fair-weather Democrat?" said Ms. Keaney.
"I'm gonna win," responded Mr. Lieberman.
"And if you win, I will respect that," Ms. Keaney said.
"I want ultimately to give a larger group--including a larger group of Democrats--the opportunity to vote in November," said Mr. Lieberman.
"Aren't Democrats smart enough to know when the primary is?" said Ms. Keaney.
"I hope so," said Mr. Lieberman.
Interestingly, I had spoken with this reporter for a while before the event started when the crowd was really small. I saw his reporter's notebook and asked him what paper he was from. We got to talking, and when I told him I was a Lamont supporter who came to learn more about the Irish-American Democratic organization, he asked what my main reasons were for not supporting Joe Lieberman.
The first reason I gave was about Lieberman supporting Bush cabinet nominees, like "pro-torture" Alberto Gonzales. I think I talked for a minute about being for Sam Alito (cloture) before he was against him (vote) and then mentioned Lieberman's unforgivably insensitive comment about rape victims taking a "short ride" to another hospital for emergency treatment.
Horowitz said, "But what about the war?"
That really struck me - I mean, anyone who opposes Lieberman is supposed to be all about the war, according to the script, right? So I told him, "Of course the war", but went on to say that there were many other Democrats who initially supported the war. The difference was Lieberman's relentless cheerleading for Bush's plan despite all of the new facts that have emerged. I mentioned him leading off the REPUBLICAN arguments in the Senate two weeks ago.
None of that made it to the story, though.
For those of you who said you'd be interested in reading the news of this event after you read my diary on Monday, here's other news coverage of it:
The Amazing Spazeboy TiVo'd the TV news coverage on NECN (starring my hair) and WTNH (starring my unflattering profile). Longtime Kossack Ed Anderson (who is mentioned in the NYO piece wearing a YearlyKos bag) is also featured in both pieces. Scroll down Spazeboy's page for the YouTube videos.