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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Former Democratic State Chair Advises Lieberman to Run as an Independent

John Droney, a former Democratic state chair, is encouraging Joe Lieberman to run as an independent in August. Surprise.
"I think to be terrorized through the summer by an extremely small group of the Democratic Party, much less the voting population, is total insanity for a person who is a three-term senator," Droney said.
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"Every single weirdo in the left wing will be there," Droney said. "That's what the Lamont strategy is all about."
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Droney's suggestion was not welcomed by the Lieberman campaign. The senator's staff has been trying to discourage speculation that Lieberman, who is more popular with Republicans and unaffiliated voters than Democrats, might run as an independent. (Pazniokas)

There's a lot that's interesting in the article, such as the attack ads on Lamont's record that just serve to make the Lieberman campaign look small, and the fact that Nancy DiNardo is a little less than neutral on the subject of the primary.

But maybe the most telling bit comes at the end.
Ken Dautrich, a public policy professor at the University of Connecticut, said the ad [in which Lamont calls on Lieberman to support the Democratic nominee] reinforced Lamont's claim that Lieberman's relationship with the Democratic Party has grown tenuous.

"It's brilliant, because people who vote in the Democratic primary are people who like being Democrats," Dautrich said. "True believers in the party are the ones who actually turn out to vote in the primary."(Pazniokas)

Given that we don't know what turnout is going to be like (probably low), those true believers may swing things Lamont's way. They also won't be thrilled by Lieberman's refusal to answer whether or not he'll run as an independent.

Lieberman could have done this better. He could have run high-minded ads defending his position on various issues, like Iraq, without referring to his challenger at all. He could have stayed away from negative ads altogether. He could have redoubled his efforts to reach out to the left and to activist Democrats, and he could have very easily promised Democrats that he wouldn't desert them if he felt too threatened.

But he didn't. So now he may be sailing right into the perfect storm.

Source

Pazniokas, Mark. "Lieberman Ally Advises: Run As An Independent." Hartford Courant 13 June, 2006.

7 Comments:

Blogger Patricia Rice said...

"Every single weirdo in the left wing will be there," Droney said. "That's what the Lamont strategy is all about."

Give credit to the Chairman. He has said what I have been saying all along in this forum!!!! Our party should be focused on beating Jodi "I didn't know" Rell and instead the Kooks have taken us hostage. We should be beating up on Lisa Moody but instead we are beating up on our Senator in favor of some spoiled brat rich kid.

The Republican's must be laughing at us as they get ready to win big with snow white and take away some of our state House and Senate seats.

The left wing kooks should join the green party and not be a part of the Democratic Party. Why is the minority controlling the majority?

6/13/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger blueper said...

P.Rice, Nice talk. Does your mother kiss you with that mouth?

Listen, there is a lot of anger against Joe, and some of it gets personal. But by and large the critique of his actions as Senator are substantive and thoughtful. You and has-been corporate hack John Droney (ok, that was a little mean, but come on, DRONEY?!)just want to throw rhetorical bombs and petty insults because you don't want to have an honest debate.

As for the "kooks" charge, please. Yes there are "kooks" who support Lamont. But who you and Droney are talking about were one third of the convention. We who were there are Democratic hacks. (hack being a compliment in this context). I did not speak to a single Lieberman delegate who who angry at the Lamont supporters. Instead, they were generally supportive, and simply disagreed on the larger tactical questions of what would be better for the party.

So can we lighten up on the "leave the party" crap. I am a Democrat and will vote for the Democratic candidate for Senate who appears on Line B in November. Will you do the same?

6/13/2006 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger ctblogger said...

Why is the minority controlling the majority?

That's laughable.

Joe Lieberman (unlike other Democrats) is the only senator who has consistantly undermine the Democratic party and that's why facing a primary challenge.

Whether it's Social Security (he was the VERY last senator to jump on board in opposition to Bush's proposal), voting in favor of the Energy bill (the ONLY Democrat is New England to vote in favor), or consistantly criticizing fellow Democrats and leaders of the party (never heard a Republican criticize the head of the RNC), it's apparent that Joe Lieberman cares more about Joe Lieberman than the Democratic party.

Notice how I didn't say a thing about the war...

How dare you call any Democrat a "kook." Comments like that are exactly why we're the minority and the Republicans win election after election. I never hear a moderate Republican criticize a radical right wing neo-con (How many Republicans who don't live in New York have criticize Ann Coulter's latest statements...none. But somehow since there are voters who are unhappy with the performance of Lieberman and want a primary (which is our right), we're somehow "kooks"

My question to you Patricia is this, if Joe Lieberman jumps ship, are you going to jump ship with him or support the Democratic candidate?

I think I know the answer.

6/13/2006 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger CTOctaneBlue said...

GC- you are right on the money- "Lieberman could have done this better". He is beating himself with the way he has gone about this campaign so far. Joe is three-term senator, with vastly more political experience than Lamont. Still, with the negative ads and the failure to squash those pesky rumors about running as an independent, Joe is turning from a champ into a chump! Endorssements from former state chairs to run as an independent do nothing except hurt Lieberman with primary-voting Dems. Lieberman needs to really ramp up the advertising to promote himself as a good Democrat (as we all know, in reality this isn't entirely true, but I digress...) to slow down the relentless assault of the Lamont campaign.

6/13/2006 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

PaT Rice and Blueper...

1. John Droney..isn't a corporate hack..he is an extrememly intelligent( i think he graduated 3rd in his law school class) experienced ( albiet conservative) Dem..who I am friends with but often disagree with ( he put me on the Finance Committe of the State Party in 1988, which eventually i ran for years) John had alot to do with the 1988 Senate race and was State Party Chair at the time. With the title and force of his personality, he certainly was one of the top 3 operatives for Joe, and thru the years remained truely one of Joe's insider's. It would be logical that John talks to Joe directly without a go-between, so I believe that Joe knew the article was coming and sought to " lay the groundwork" if and when he goes independant..( a decision to be made just after the AFl convention) where Lieberman will gage his and Lamont's support.

I am sure that the internal polls of both candidates show a " vote delivery" much much closer then 55-40...remember that anyone undecided tend to vote for the challenger if they vote.

6/13/2006 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

PaT Rice and Blueper...

1. John Droney..isn't a corporate hack..he is an extrememly intelligent( i think he graduated 3rd in his law school class) experienced ( albiet conservative) Dem..who I am friends with but often disagree with ( he put me on the Finance Committe of the State Party in 1988, which eventually i ran for years) John had alot to do with the 1988 Senate race and was State Party Chair at the time. With the title and force of his personality, he certainly was one of the top 3 operatives for Joe, and thru the years remained truely one of Joe's insider's. It would be logical that John talks to Joe directly without a go-between, so I believe that Joe knew the article was coming and sought to " lay the groundwork" if and when he goes independant..( a decision to be made just after the AFl convention) where Lieberman will gage his and Lamont's support.

I am sure that the internal polls of both candidates show a " vote delivery" much much closer then 55-40...remember that anyone undecided tend to vote for the challenger if they vote.

6/13/2006 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Queer_As_A_2_dollarbill said...

Ms. Rice, if you're sick of the "minority controlling the majority" and can't understand why Joe will lose a primary then let me introduce you to a little thing I like to call "Democracy." Democracy is a theory-in-practice that says if you don't like the way things are then throw the bum(s) out. If you like the way things are, then pull the lever for the incumbent. It's that simple.

Instead of bemoaning the "kooks" in the Democractic Party, why not spend your time and hot-air on getting your more mainstream, truly Democratic, "majority" colleagues to the polls in August? (or, at the very least, get them to tell a phone poller that they actually support him)

6/13/2006 11:29:00 AM  

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