LIEBERMAN: Will I always be a member of the Democratic party? I hope there's not a primary. I'm confident if there is one, I'll win it, but I'm not gonna rule out any other option for now because I feel so strongly that I can do better for the State of Connecticut for the next six years in the United States Senate that I want to give all the voters a chance to make that decision on Election day in November. I want to do it as a Democrat. If I didn't want to do it as a Democrat, I would choose to run in some other party, trust me. But I want to do it as a Democrat because I believe in the Democratic party, so really the choice is up to my fellow Democrats...Really, despite the glee this causes in the Lamont camp, this is nothing new. Lieberman has declared before that he intends to be on the ballot regardless, party be damned.
So which is more important? The party, or the man? Joe Lieberman has an answer, which may not be the one he had thirty years ago. Ned Lamont and his supporters have another answer.
George Washington had an answer, too.
The reality is that Lieberman is already an independent, a member of a political party that doesn't exist. He isn't a Republican, but he's not quite a Democrat either. There are many others like him. John McCain. Joe Biden. Jodi Rell. Rob Simmons. Olympia Snowe. Lincoln Chaffee. Bob Casey. Chris Shays. Do I need to go on? Moderates have always existed, but they've never had their own party in modern American politics. Sometimes, they've dominated their respective parties, but this has not been the case since Bill Clinton left office.
If both parties' leaders continue to move away from the center, there exists the possibility that someday they will. An American Kadima could be born. It isn't likely, we like our two-party system... but it's a bracing and radical thought. American politics would be remade. The world would shift.
That, however, is the future, and an unlikely future at that.
In the here and now, however, Joe Lieberman seems to be finding it harder and harder to stay a Democrat in a party whose faithful don't seem to want him. Where will the breaking point be?