The Journal-Inquirer Keith Burris had this to say:
Democratic primary voters in this state hate the war. They want to vote for something else. They want choice and change.
Joe Lieberman and his party are at odds.
So how does Joe deal with that?
Well, his operatives say these Democrats are radical and extreme. And Joe says Democratic primary voters are not the majority of the state. He says, "I'm asking Democrats ... to consider my total record."
In other words: FORGET THE WAR. I NEED TO KEEP THIS JOB.
But we can't forget the war. The war is the issue. (Burris)
Worse for Lieberman, his friend and colleague Sen. Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that she would support the winner of the primary, even if that happened to be Ned Lamont.
"I've known Joe Lieberman for more than thirty years. I have been pleased to support him in his campaign for re-election, and hope that he is our party's nominee," the former first lady said in a statement issued by aides.
"But I want to be clear that I will support the nominee chosen by Connecticut Democrats in their primary," the New York Democrat added. "I believe in the Democratic Party, and I believe we must honor the decisions made by Democratic primary voters." (AP)
This is especially bad for Lieberman, considering how close he and Clinton are on many issues--including the war. Now there are unconfirmed reports that the DSCC is going to support the primary winner, too.
The news for Lieberman hasn't all been bad, of course. He still has some diehard supporters:
State House Speaker James A. Amann, D-Milford, said he is backing Lieberman in the primary and will back him if he runs as an independent. "I'm aggravated that some guy named Ned . . . is trying to buy himself a U.S. Senate seat," said Amann. (Hladky)
But Amann has been mostly alone. All of the sudden, it seems like there's a rush among Democrats to distance themselves from Joe Lieberman. Even if he wins in August or November, his stature will never be the same.
"Sen. Clinton: Lieberman on own if he loses Dem primary." Associated Press 5 July, 2006.
Burris, Keith. "There are times when politics is more than a game." Journal-Inquirer 4 July, 2006.
Hladky, Gregory and Mary O'Leary. "Independent's Day." Middletown Press 4 July, 2006.