LOSING THE LOWER NAUGATUCK VALLEY Looking at the town-by-town returns, it seems that Lieberman took the lower Naugatuck river valley quite handily. And to the extent that Democrats were drawn to Lamont primarily for his anti-war views, we anti-Iraq war liberals should be concerned by this.
JOE BEING JOE. To add to Mike�s list of reasons why Liebermanwon�t drop his independent bid, I would include the candidate�s personality. The man loves playing the martyr, taking the role of the besieged man of �principle.� Just as he loves criticizing fellow Democrats about their positions on the war, he�ll take pleasure in attacking Lamont and his backers in the general election. And though I�m sure he would rather have had things turn out differently yesterday, he�ll soon discover that this new role he�s created for himself suits his personality just fine.
DEATH WITH DIGNITY. I've been arguing for a long time that the Lieberman independent bid would fizzle, that Lieberman stood a much better chance of winning the primary than the general, and I still believe that. If I'm wrong about that, then my comment below is inoperative.
MORE KISSES TO COME.This seems almost too perfect to believe:
According to a close Lieberman adviser, the President's political guru, Karl Rove, has reached out to the Lieberman camp with a message straight from the Oval Office: "The boss wants to help. Whatever we can do, we will do."
At any rate, it's a bit hard to figure what the prez can do to help any endangered candidate this year, let alone Joe.
LIEBERMAN'S VICIOUS CYCLE. To add to the post-mortems of the day, my guess is that the relationship between Joe Lieberman and the Democratic Party is about to get a whole lot more fraught. Previously, there was a real unwillingness on the part of the party mandarins to go against Joe who, even if he were to run as an independent, would still be bound in the Senate by long ties of friendship and esteem with the Democratic caucus.
THE OTHER PRIMARIES. Given our obsession, here in the blogosphere, with the Lieberman-Lamont contest, one would be forgiven for thinking that this was the only primary of consequence that took place yesterday. As noted here by Steve Benen, another striking defeat of a Democratic incumbent, however, took place yesterday in a Georgia Democratic run-off, with the loss of the entertaining Rep. Cynthia McKinney to the rather serious-looking DeKalb County commissioner and attorney Hank Johnson for the state's 4th District House seat.
'AN ANGRY ELECTORATE LOOKING FOR CHANGE.' Connecticut's Senate primary clearly captured the political world's attention, but let's not forget that other states had noteworthy primaries as well. In Georgia, Democrats replaced a combative and controversial lawmaker, while in Michigan, Republicans rejected a rare House centrist.
The defeat of Georgia's outspoken Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D) and Michigan moderate Rep. John J.H. "Joe" Schwarz (R) appeared to confirm the strong headwinds that polls suggest members of Congress will face in November from an angry electorate looking for change.