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More on Lieberman vs. Lamont

Some email feedback on the Lieberman-Lamont race.

I agree with your analysis on the Lieberman race. Frankly it is shocking that he may lose this race, but volatile times bring shocking changes.

I also think your analysis of a Lieberman independent campaign is right on the money. You are correct, because Lieberman's run as an independent is born out of weakness not strength. Ct voters regard him as a Democrat, so running under a different party will anger the party faithful and confuse the thinly informed. Both results do not help him. Also, independents tend to poll better in July than in October, when voters become serious and pragmatic. Voters will want their vote to count; therefore they may be reluctant to vote for an independent; although Ct did elect Lowell Weicker to governor as an independent. Lieberman should have the same name recognition that Weicker did, however Weicker ran as an independent from the beginning and for a different office than previously held. No doubt that Lieberman's running as an independent will be a never ending campaign topic, and one that does not help him.

Finally, this primary helps the Democratic party and proves that term limits are unnecessary. Lieberman entered this election as a strong, nationally prominent candidate. Supposedly, no one had a shot to beat him. Now it appears that he may lose the primary. The voters are engaged in a serious debate, and the country is better served by it- regardless of the result. Excluding a Lieberman independent candidacy, a battle tested candidate is a good thing heading into a general election.

By virtue of his wealth, Lamont could have run as an independent- he could also have claimed that this gave more voice to the voter because he would not beat Lieberman in a primary. Instead Lamont wanted the democratic nomination, and if he lost he would support the nominee; this does not hurt a party in the general election. This is playing the game by the rules, and it typically builds party interest. Lieberman should also respect the voter's choice, regardless of the number of votes cast. If Joe wants to win, then get his people out- he does have them. This is not Rome or Chile, and Lieberman is not a Senator for life.

Additionally Lieberman may have a lot of Republican friends, but they will support and campaign for the Republican nominee. Therefore, his independent run will likely strengthen the GOP chances to take the seat. Lieberman is a good Democrat, and he should be regarded as such regardless of the primary rhetoric. That status will not be there if he runs as an independent. Also elections mean something and the results should be respected.

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The CT Dem. Primary is certainly one of the most fascinating races in the country this year.

As a Democrat who was NOT against the war to begin with, I am having trouble figuring out how I feel about Lieberman. He has always been a little to moderate for my personal politics, but I accepted him. The thing that upset me the most was when he came out strongly for Bush's current policy in Iraq. I think that he helped the Republican spin machine define Democrats (most of whom want a change of policy - not an immediate withdrawal) as the "cut and run" party.

That being said the one point that you missed is that the Democrats big hope this year is taking back the House, not make their Senate delegation more liberal.

With Lieberman at the top of the Dem column (and winning by 30%) in CT will draw more people to Dem Congressional candidates, and with three very competitive races, this Senate primary could actually have consequences for the house races in the fall.