Yes, he hasn't had a sex or corruption scandal, but he was a ruthless supporter of the Republican nominee and a ruthless critic of the Democratic nominee. I doubt that many Democratic senators are viewing his 19-year service in the Senate with equal (counter)weight to his totally outrageous campaigning against Obama.
Honestly, I can't comprehend your ambivalence on this issue. Lieberman more than supported McCain. He attacked Obama every chance he got. I don't know how his being a Senate veteran, his being a professional politician, can redress his utterly despicable behavior.
The old paradox: if you take Lieberman at his word, then he isn't fit to be chairman of Homeland Security, esp. at a time of crisis. However, if you don't believe in anything Lieberman says, then what good is he?
Why cast it as "revenge"? How about seeing it as a simple realignment of leadership, after a decisive election?
"She also comes off way smarter than the caricature of her ..."
Well of course, she won't appear stupid in these interviews, because she no longer has to talk about policy and other things that require facts and some understanding of current events. Instead, she's being asked soft-ball questions that require her to only appear "genuine" and "honest" to pass.
To be able to recite the appropriate Oprah platitudes does not make one smart (or smarter).
Obama, having garnered a solid majority, seems to have improved across the board from what either Gore or Kerry achieved previously. Therefore, blips like 3-4% in subpopulations, which are probably within the margin of error, tells you NOTHING.
I bet Obama also increased support among "godless" people too. How would you read such "raw data"?
The "50-state strategy", whatever that entails, could not have been effective without the prevailing economic climate in the red states.
Don't tell me that the map has been redrawn because people in red states have seen the light of moderation and even liberal ideas. Florida has approved to amend its constitution banning same-sex marriage and any kind of same-sex civil unions. And there are a number of similar examples.
If Wall Street didn't crash and if people's 401k weren't threatened the way they are now, your 50-state strategy would have been reduced to the usual local battles revolving around morality and fear.