"I've voted with my party 90% of the time, and Ned Lamont is bankrolled by terrorist-enabling blogofascists."
It's as if Holy Joe is setting out to prove that his middle initial "I" stands for "Cock-knocker":
The real test is no longer for Lieberman -- he's taken it, failed miserably, and doesn't even care. If he wants to believe that a rag-tag cadre of blogofundamentalist nutroots infiltrated Connecticut and bamboozled a preponderance of Democratic voters to accidentally vote for Ned Lamont, good luck with that. At least we all know where he really stands on the crazy-ass notion of democracy, whether in Hartford or Baghdad.
No, it is now up to Howard Dean and Chuck Schumer to step up, and now, and demonstrate to their base just what it is they stand for -- representing the will of registered Democratic voters, or catering to Holy Joe's ignorant ego and sense of entitlement. Either he's a member of the Democratic Party, or he isn't. If he is, he needs to be pressured to acknowledge defeat and step the fuck off, and do his part to help ensure that precious resources -- which could be better channeled toward sending George Lincoln Rockwell Felix Allen back to his plantation -- aren't instead wasted in a Nutmeg State pissing contest over "Joe's seat".
And if Joeblivious isn't a member of the Democratic Party anymore, then they obviously owe him nothing. (They owe him nothing either way, but still.) It's time to get off the field, Joe. Do it now and maybe your party works with you to find you some sort of intraparty sinecure; keep wasting finite time and resources, and you wait and see what a pyrrhic victory you get with your new Rovian buddies.
I still think there's a better-than-decent chance that he's angling for Rumsfeld's job anyway. I have no idea why he would, but this morning on Face The Nation he was adamant in his insistence that Rummy had had enough chances to get it together. Without proffering a specific replacement, given all the rumors for the past months, it's reasonable to assume that Joe, as always, is keeping his options open.
Right now Lieberman has around a 10% lead overall, but part of this is undeniably due to a divergence in campaign strategies; Lamont went on vacation in Maine immediately after the primary, while Lieberman, desperate to get the word out that he was determined to monkey-wrench this cakewalk election at all costs, mounted an aggressive publicity tour the very next day. This is going to even out over the coming weeks as Lieberman has to rely more and more on the help of his new friends in the GOP, but at what cost overall?
Joe and his supporters should be proud of themselves. They are willing to undermine party strategy for the sake of false political comity. Lieberman again piously proclaimed the need to "work with" Republicans in the classic "bipartisanship" spirit. How's that been working for you, Joey?
It's pretty simple, Connecticut voters. You can either vote for a battered wife of an incumbent who is just sure as shit that her husband's going to therapy this time, or you can register your disapproval with the way things are. It is being portrayed as an "anger vote", and what's wrong with that? Exactly why shouldn't sensible people be angry at what Chimpco has done to this country, and how they've gone about it?
Despite Lieberman's nonsensical entreaties, there is nothing to "work with" them on -- they don't think there's a problem. Destabilization is a feature, not a flaw. Bush is never wrong, even when he contradicts himself. Oceania has always been at war with
And as for Lieberman's own feints toward other Democratic planks like health care reform, fine. Let's hear your plan, buddy. Because last I heard, both you and your wife were in the hip pocket of Big Pharma, and until they and the insurance companies are reined in, nothing is ever going to change in that area. As the baby boomers continue to approach their dotage, this crisis looms ever larger, and if someone serious and unfettered by corporate ownership doesn't step up and actually do something about it, rather than just humping Bob Schieffer's leg and whining about doing something about it, the shit's gonna pile up pretty fast.
So there's your big choice, Connecticut voters. You got about ten weeks or so to sort it out, whether you want a "same as it ever was" jerkoff who only shows up when it's time to criticize his own party, or at least a shot at real change, and a chance to move on to other states and send some worse people home.