Thermometer Adds Support for McCain-Lieberman Ticket
by Matt Stoller, Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 10:11:56 AM EST
I'm back for a quick post. The most intriguing bit of news from the Quinnipiac thermometer on Monday is Joe Lieberman's high favorability ratings. He took sixth overall, with a pretty good 52.7 percent. John McCain took third with a slightly higher 57.7 percent.
While Lieberman's high rating went largely unremarked in our discussions, you can be sure it did not go unremarked among the Unity08 crowd, who are stepping up their operations. And you can be sure that it did not go unremarked among the think tank The Third Way, and Lieberman's staffers and supporters. They look at their guy and they say 'We beat the best the left could throw at us, and Joe now has a battle-hardened national constituency he did not have in 2004'.
It gets even more interesting, as Michael Bloomberg takes the number seven spot, wtih 51.1%. The aggregated power of Bloomberg/Lieberman/McCain is formidable when paired with a wounded reactionary base. If Republicans make the calculation in 2008 that they must run away from Bush, a calculation that seems obvious, then a McCain/Lieberman ticket looks quite appealing. Both characters have stood against their party, and their financial base will be unparalleled. Lieberman could just print money in Connecticut, and he'll be able to do that again in 2008. DC culture will pump massive amounts of cash into their coffers, the GOP base will get behind McCain and Lieberman, and it's not clear to me if the Democratic Party can stay unified in the face of an assault like that, especially because McCain and Lieberman are both setting themselves up as reformers (Lieberman and Schumer may be fighting over ethics right now).
If I'm Joe Lieberman, the Quinnipiac survey adds public support to my belief that I'm going to dominate national politics. Another run for the White House, this time on the successful politics of unity and purpose, makes a lot of sense. They are building a stupid brand, Unity08, to make this happen. They are getting support in the public polling. And Democrats are certainly afraid to attack Lieberman, setting up a perfect opportunity for him to jettison the party while retaining his relatively high favorables.
We really need to start thinking hard about how to beat back this ticket. It's not just a progressive problem; these guys are going to have fierce reformer coattails, putting our House and Senate majorities in jeopardy. I imagine it starts with chipping at their integrity. I suspect that the $387K slush fund needs to come into play.Update [2006-11-29 16:49:28 by Tim Tagaris]:(Tim) Following up on Matt's post, I called the FEC to inquire about their progress into the FEC investigation surrounding the $387,000 Joe Lieberman spread around the streets of Connecticut days before the primary. Essentially, the investigation continues and no one will be able to learn about its progress until it is completed.
Unless ... Joe Lieberman gives permission to add transparency to the elongated process.
Until then, only two people receive updates about the progress of the investigation: Tom Swan (who filed the complaint) and Joe Lieberman. Unless both parties give permission to open updates to the public, speaking about it is illegal. When it concludes, it will be assigned an FEC number and become searchable on fec.gov.