"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.
"Every single weirdo in the left wing will be there," Droney said. "That's what the Lamont strategy is all about."
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.
Pazniokas, Mark. "Lieberman Ally Advises: Run As An Independent." Hartford Courant 13 June, 2006.