JACKSON, LAMONT, NEW POLITICS. Mike has a point about the implications of having Al Sharpton on stage with Lamont, and in particular directly behind his shoulder, which will be the visual. Someone up there needed to say, "OK, everyone who's not from Connecticut, to the edges, right now, and yes, that means you too, Reverend!" (The person who does that is called "the body guy," and it's a special skill.)
JOBS FOR JOE.Mark Schmitt�s right-on observation that the Democrats need to find some graceful way to ease Joe Lieberman out of the race should get us all thinking about some suitable, dignified alternative careers for Connecticut�s junior senator. Herewith, some modest proposals:
A Lieberman-McKinney Vaudeville Act. Yesterday�s losers make omelets of their broken careers by devising a sketch that can be performed in almost any venue with a minimum of costly scenery. It would go something as follows: Lieberman starts, lecturing the audience with a moral homily. Then McKinney pops him one. Curtain.
TO RHODE ISLAND! Well, there's no question where the leg-eating blogociraptors should go next. To the Kosmobile, folks, and move yourselves just a few degrees east into Rhode Island. Time to go to work for Steve Laffey, the Club For Growth candidate currently making Lincoln Chaffee's life even more miserable than it must be for a man who's a dead ringer for one of the crazy aunts in Arsenic And Old Lace.
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.