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Make no mistake. A vote for Lieberman is a vote for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

While Lieberman says that he will caucus with the Democrats if re-elected, he won't even say that it would be a "good thing" for Democrats to re-take Congress. With the vast majority of Democrats supporting his opponent, Lieberman, a notoriously vindictive and bitter politician, will be tempted to switch parties. If after the election, the Senate is divided by a 50-50 margin (a very likely scenario), and the Republicans offer Lieberman enough incentive to bolt, he may just do it... Read more...

In the primary election, the Connecticut voters spoke loud and clear. They voted for Lamont over Lieberman by 51 percent to 48 percent. He just doesn't get it!
Senator  Lieberman conceded to Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for the Connecticut Senate but vowed to run as an "independent Democrat" this fall.

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Lieberman had for some time threatened to run as an independent in November if he failed to claim the party's nomination, further enraging party activists and many Web commentators, who have boosted Lamont.


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In the primary, Lieberman was clearly uncomfortable campaigning for the Democratic nomination. He ran as a staunch supporter of the Iraq War with an electorate that passionately opposes it. Now that he faces Lamont in the general election with Republican and independent voters, he feels more liberated because the electorate is closer to his liking. But given the political dynamics this year, you would think that someone with Lieberman's politics in a state like Connecticut would lose. But because the local Connecticut media has done an atrocious job reporting how conservative he really is, because Lieberman has muddled his rhetoric to convince enough Democrats that he is a palatable option, and because local Connecticut operatives know how vindictive Lieberman can be and are fearful of his revenge, Ned Lamont is struggling while similar candidates in similar states are favored to win.

It sounds like Senator Lieberman is ignoring the voice of the people. He believes in "staying the course" in spite of what Connecticut voters have said - just like President Bush is determined to "stay the course" and keep Mr. Rumsfeld in spite of overwhelming opposition and editorials coming out from top military officials. They (meaning Lieberman and Bush) forget they work for us!

As Arianna Huffington wrote,

[Lieberman is] the only candidate in the country who's actually benefiting from running as a Republican." He has said that he supports regime change in Iran. He supports the confirmation of John Bolton. His campaign is largely funded by Republican donors - for example, Mel Sembler, a Republican activist who founded Straight Inc. (which helps "convert" homosexuals) did a fundraiser for Lieberman. And now he's even sticking up for House Speaker Dennis Hastert - as he complained that the whole Mark Foley scandal is "spinning out of control" and has "become another partisan frenzy in Washington."

Paul Newman has recently filmed a commercial for Ned Lamont. The video is the second most viewed video on YouTube right now. See it here. Remember, a vote for Ned is a vote for taking back our country.

Originally posted to AmySmith on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 01:07 PM PST.

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    •  Preaching to the choir here. (3+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, AmySmith, CenterLeft

      I hope you'll send your thoughts to anyone in Connecticut who hasn't yet figured this out. Ned can use every convert we can scrape up.

      "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

      by pat208 on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 01:11:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Joe stated that he is not caucassing with Dems! (3+ / 0-)
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        pat208, CJnyc, AmySmith

        Joe Lieberman stated on the Don Imus morning show yesterday morning that he HAD PLANNED to caucas with the democrats but now he plans to vote "Independent". He bad mouthed many democrats and did a huge slam by ignoring his fellow democratic campaignee, Harold Ford, when Imus was whining about his 4 candidates that he wanted to win.  Kinky, (3rd party in Texas) , Ford , Santorem and Joe.  Joe told him that hopefully he gets one of them!!!  What a corrupt, self-centered asshat Lieberman is and the Democrats in Connecticut should be ashamed if they vote for him.  My Staff Sgt. son just returned from Afghanistan and his best friend is a Warrant Officer holed out near Baghdad, just trying to keep his guys alive and they do nothing for the Iraqi people.  We have MASSIVE WAR CRIME and WAR PROFITEERING INVESTIGATIONS that need to begin immediately against the Bushco neocon cabul and sadly Mr. Lieberman is part of the corporate, chickenhawk, corrupt cabal!

  •  I wonder if Lieberman would caucus with Democrats (4+ / 0-)
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    if re-elected.

    I don't think he will.  He's gone Zell Miller big time.

    •  Lieberman will sell to the highest bidder (2+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, CenterLeft

      People get upset when you make the Judas comparisons but, in this case, it fits well. 40 pieces of silver from Karl.

      One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him -Booker T Washington

      by gladkov on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 01:23:33 PM PST

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    •  let's see what he said (2+ / 0-)
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      Hey BB, CenterLeft

      http://www.youtube.com/...

      it's sooo all about joe.  i hope the people of CT realize that.

      weather forecast

      The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

      by Cedwyn on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 01:32:40 PM PST

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    •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      Judging by his comments on Don Imus where he said quite directly that he would caucus with one or the other Party just to maintain his personal Senority status -- this means that he's gone Red.

      It has been Cheney/Rove/Bush and the RNC that has financed and promoted his "Independent" run (and also scared off the Democratic Party from supporting Lamont).

      The GOP now has Lieberman by the balls (even though he was always a perfectly willing captive from the beginning).  They saved his political career and Lieberman's open contempt for anybody who disagrees with Bush&Cheney's World-wide Torture & Death show is now impossible to just try to disguise as just the "principled" stance
      of a so-called "moderate" Democrat.

      There's no reason for Lieberman to fake it anymore. His bread is buttered by the GOP and the feeling is very mutual.  Lieberman will formally caucus with the GOP after the Election - thus even if the Democrats win with a 49-50 Senate breakdown Lieberman will still then keep the GOP in charge (and make Dick Cheney the final aribtratar).

      GOTV for Ned Lamont
      and slap this guy one final time down for good!


    •  Read my above comment from "Imus" yesterday n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Canvassed today for Ned (6+ / 0-)

    in Stamford. Many "strong Neds" in a Lieberman stronghold!

    One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him -Booker T Washington

    by gladkov on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 01:24:29 PM PST

  •  Lets hope (1+ / 0-)
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    that on Wedensday, Joe Lieberman will be packing to go to retirement in Crawford, Texas.

  •  In your first block quote... (0+ / 0-)

    It says if the Senate is divided 50/50, Lieberman could tip the balance. That isn't true. A 50/50 split would mean Republican control with Cheney casting the tie vote. It's the 51/49 split (in favor of Dems) where a Lieberman defection would sting the most.

  •  Lieberman is in attack mode (0+ / 0-)

    He is playing the Israel card. Alternet has this article:

    Joe Lieberman's Dangerous Alliance with Christian Zionists [VIDEO]

    Posted by Evan Derkacz at 10:00 AM on November 3, 2006.

    Excerpt:

    At a recent Manhattan fundraiser featuring high-profile Bush supporter and lifelong bachelor Ed Koch, Joe Lieberman sought to score easy points, and a few quick bucks, by tarring Democratic candidate Ned Lamont with the anti-Israel brush. Lamont, he said, was "surrounded by people who are either naïve or are isolationists or, frankly, some more explicitly against Israel."

    Life is what you focus on. Focus on Joe Lieberman. He works for Bush's deficits, war, rip off medical charges and no bid contracts. It ain't pretty.

    by relentless on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 02:43:23 PM PST

  •  I have been wishing someone would put Kos' (0+ / 0-)

    explanation out so everyone can read it. I know it was linked to in a comment, but it needs to be easy to find.  So, I will do it myself. Here it is:

    I found the explanation here.

    Mercenaries, war, and my childhood
    by kos
    Fri Apr 02, 2004 at 02:57:39 PM PST
    There's been much ado about my indifference to the Mercenary deaths in Falluja a couple days ago. I wrote in some diary comments somewhere that "I felt nothing" and "screw them".

    My language was harsh, and, in reality, not true. Fact is, I did feel something. That's why I was so angry.

    I was angry that five soldiers -- the real heroes in my mind -- were killed the same day and got far lower billing in the newscasts. I was angry that 51 American soldiers paid the ultimate price for Bush's folly in Iraq in March alone. I was angry that these mercenaries make more in a day than our brave men and women in uniform make in an entire month. I was angry that the US is funding private armies, paying them $30,000 per soldier, per month, while the Bush administration tries to cut our soldiers' hazard pay. I was angry that these mercenaries would leave their wives and children behind to enter a war zone on their own violition.
    So I struck back.

    Unlike the vast majority of people in this country, I actually grew up in a war zone. I witnessed communist guerillas execute students accused of being government collaborators. I was 8 years old, and I remember stepping over a dead body, warm blood flowing from a fresh wound. Dodging bullets while at market. I lived in the midsts of hate the likes of which most of you will never understand (Clinton and Bush hatred is nothing compared to that generated when people kill each other for politics or race or nationality). There's no way I could ever describe the ways this experience colors my worldview.

    Back to Iraq, our men and women in uniform are there under orders, trying to make the best of an impossible situation. The war is not their fault, and I will always defend their honor and bravery to the end of my days. But the mercenary is a whole different deal. They willingly enter a war zone, and do so because of the paycheck. They're not there for humanitarian reasons (I doubt they'd donate half their paycheck to the Red Cross or whatever). They're there because the money is DAMN good. They answer to no one except their CEO. They are dangerous, hence international efforts (however fruitless they may be) to ban their use.

    So not only was I wrong to say I felt nothing over their deaths, I was lying. I felt way too much. Nobody deserves to die. But in the greater scheme of things, there are a lot of greater tragedies going on in Iraq (51 last month, plus countless civilians and Iraqi police). That those tragedies are essentially ignored these days is, ultimately, the greatest tragedy of all.
        *****************************************************************************

    Life is what you focus on. Focus on Joe Lieberman. He works for Bush's deficits, war, rip off medical charges and no bid contracts. It ain't pretty.

    by relentless on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 03:01:08 PM PST

  •  I may never get real good at this (0+ / 0-)

    I should have posted what Kos' explanation was about. The above explanation was posted by me because Lieberman's attack dogs have been mailing out what Kos said when he was upset and leaving off his explanation of why he said it and what he said.

    Kos wrote that explanation over two years ago and nothing has changed, except the death toll of our Soldiers is getting close to 3,000.  Nothing will change if Joe has his way about it.  Bush wants perpetual war.

    Half the cost of the war is caused by privatising things our soldiers have always done like cooking and c rations and lots of money for a private army. That is a big part of the deficit that is costing a fortune in interest yearly and will make it hard for our children and grandchildren to have a decent life.

    Maybe those who died were delivering food or they may have been killed in fighting. You don't always hear the truth from the Bush administration.

    Life is what you focus on. Focus on Joe Lieberman. He works for Bush's deficits, war, rip off medical charges and no bid contracts. It ain't pretty.

    by relentless on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 03:17:52 PM PST

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