Lieberman Goes on Rightwing Blog, Attacks Al Gore, Chris Dodd, and Ted Kennedy
by Matt Stoller, Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 12:27:43 PM EDT
I don't normally link to right-wing outlet Pajamas Media, but since this right-wing billionaire backed blog outlet has an exlusive interview with Joe Lieberman....
Lieberman - the former Democrat now running as an Independent to retain his Connecticut senate seat - was asked by PJM's CEO Roger Simon if he could forgive once close friends Chris Dodd, Al Gore and Teddy Kennedy, for endorsing his opponent Ned Lamont, the former Democratic Party vice-presidential candidate responded: "I can forgive ... but I probably won't forget."
Lieberman is throwing the whole party under the bus. It's time for 2008 candidates to step up.
Update: I think this is a major error on Lieberman's part. He has run a pretty good general election campaign, casting himself as a bipartisan uniter and generally lying about his record. That has largely worked because it's been the narrative in Connecticut for 18 years. Lieberman's still holding on to a piece of the Democratic vote, which he'll need to keep to win.
This attack, or even quiet threat, could change the dynamic significantly. Lieberman went on a very right-wing outlet and attacked the party standard-bearer from 2000. A lot of Lieberman's credibility comes from his position as a VP candidate in 2000; attacking Al Gore the way he did for supporting the party nominee really undercuts his credibility as a Democrat. Chris Dodd is a Connecticut institution, so Lieberman's attack on Dodd isn't going to go over well, and Ted Kennedy is generally very popular among Democrats.
All in all, this is not a smart political move by Lieberman.