Dick Morris Says Lieberman Should Depart Democratic Party

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Interesting commentary at Political Wire from Dick Morris on Lieberman’s increasingly gloomy prospects in the Democratic Primary against rival Ned Lamont in Connecticut:

I think Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) will lose the primary and will be so crippled by the defeat and Ned Lamont (D) so empowered, that he will lose the general election as an independent. Sen. Jacob Javits (R-NY), in 1980, could have avoided defeat by not fighting the Republican Primary against Sen. Al D’Amato (R-NY) and running as an independent. But D’Amato was so empowered by the primary win and Javits so disempowered that he won the general election with Javits running a poor third.
Lieberman’s correct course of action is to withdraw from the primary and run as an independent. It is the only way he can get re-elected.

— Steve Clemons

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9 comments on “Dick Morris Says Lieberman Should Depart Democratic Party

  1. Right Democrat says:

    I hope that Joe Lieberman stays in the Democratic Party and wins re-election. The notion that Lieberman is a closet right-wing Republican is aburd. Lieberman has a 75 percent rating from Americans for Democratic Action and a 84 percent rating from the AFL-CIO. He was our party’s nominee for Vice President in 2000. I don’t agree with Lieberman on every issue, but his stand on Iraq is based on principle.
    If Lieberman is driven out of the party, it will be a signal that a diversity of opinion is not tolerated among Democrats. Keep in mind that parties win elections by appealing to the center.

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  2. David Studhalter says:

    If this analysis is correct, those who deplore his alingment with the most Right Wing Republican party in history should hope he doesn’t follow this advice. I doubt the analysis is correct, though; I think Lieberman will win if he wins the primary and lose if he doesn’t no matter what)

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  3. Cugel says:

    “As for his pro-Republican like stances, we should all remember what Edmund Burke said to the electorate of Bristol. “Your Representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
    That quote perfectly sums up Lieberman! Edmund Burke hated democracy and that quote, dripping with elitist contempt for popular sovereignty sums up Lieberman’s attitude for the people he represents. He fits perfectly in with the current inside-the-beltway notion that “what people want” is an irritating distraction from the real business of running government on behalf of the people who count. The rich, corporate lobbyists and other insiders who know what’s “best for America.”
    We should all be good children and shut up and do what we’re told by our leaders who know best. Lieberman is so detached that he doesn’t even understand why he’s become so unpopular. He seems to think that he has inherited an Earldom rather than been elected to serve others and deeply resents this “upstart” trying to take “his” seat away from him!
    His recent desperate floundering campaign and pathetic commercials only show ever more clearly that he’s totally lost his grip. It doesn’t look good for Joe-nertia either now or in November! Good Riddance Joe! I still regret voting for you for Senate the first time you ran!

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  4. Nell says:

    Gosh, I had a lot of confidence in Ned Lamont’s chances before this, but I also have a longstanding and well-supported view that whatever Dick Morris says is 100% wrong… Hmmmm.

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  5. John Wilson says:

    Re: The Burke quote.
    Our President must take solice in this every time
    he hears about a poll being taken.
    I don’t think Burke had “I am a decider, a leader must lead and to hell with your left wing
    loony-toon opinion!” — in mind.

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  6. Steambomb says:

    No no no. Leiberman has to get his butt kicked in the democratic primary first then he can leave the party. If he left the party right now and didn’t take the beating he is in for then no one will remember the triumphant victory of Ned Lamont.

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  7. parrot says:

    I’m all for Lieberman leaving every party.

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  8. TLittle says:

    As a CT resident, I can tell you that Lieberman can loose the Democratic Party by a significant margin. Running as a Republican will not help him either. His best bet is to gather enough signatures now to run as an independent, increase is campaign funds, and prepare for a tough fight in November.
    Lieberman has a good shot of winning as an independent but not discounted as a democrat. He needs to get out there and meet the people, I think his tenure in office has made him too detached from the people as often happens to career politicians in the Senate.
    As for his pro-Republican like stances, we should all remember what Edmund Burke said to the electorate of Bristol. “Your Representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Gee, so, it is this turncoat’s party affiliation that is the problem, rather than the fact that his head is so deeply buried up Bush’s ass?
    Why doesn’t he just run as a Republican??? Or is that too honest for him?

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