This isn’t a question of who’s going to win or lose. This is a question of making a statement about the war. I’m the underdog. I know that. I’d probably have my head handed to me on a chopping block. The idea is to go out and say what you believe, which nobody has done, except the pro-war people.
Would you run if an anti-war Democrat emerges?
No! I said yesterday if you get someone in the Democrat to stand up against Lieberman, that’s great! If we get a Republican who’s opposed to the war -- which I think is unlikely -- I’d back him.
I have received telephone calls from at least two Democrats who are contemplating running, both of whom I know. To both of them I said, “God bless you.” I’d back them. Both of them have a name recognition problem.
Are you up to the rigors of campaigning?
Listen my friend. I have a new titanium knee. I’m 74 years old. The dentist just yanked one of my front teeth two days ago, so I don’t smile very photogenically. Hey, I am what I am. The answer is yes, I think I understand what it takes to campaign. (Bass)
I do wonder who those Democrats are. Are there any Democrats who could realistically challenge Lieberman? Richard Blumenthal is busy waiting for Lieberman or Dodd to die so he can have one of their seats, he'd never run against them to get it. Larson and DeLauro aren't known outside their districts, and Larson was a miserable failure the last time he ran in a statewide primary (1994 gubernatorial race-lost to Bill Curry).
As for Weicker himself, even he admits he'd probably lose. Still, he has the anti-war crowd very excited.
Meanwhile, Lieberman is busy angering his own party again:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, increasingly isolated in his own Democratic party because of his strong support for the Iraq war, today called on the White House and congressional leaders to form a special "war cabinet" to provide advice and direction for the war effort.
Lieberman, whom the Bush administration has praised repeatedly for his war stance, defended the president. "It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge he'll be commander-in-chief for three more years," the senator said. "We undermine the president's credibility at our nation's peril." (Lightman)
That sound you just heard was every Democrat's hand smacking his/her own forehead in disbelief.
Bass, Paul. "Weicker: I Can Win." New Haven Independent 6 December, 2005.
Lightman, David. "Lieberman Calls For Formation Of 'War Cabinet'." Hartford Courant 6 December, 2005.