"I am supporting Joe Lieberman," Blumenthal began and then stopped in embarrassment. "I am supporting Ned Lamont as ardently as I supported Joe Lieberman," he added. (Hladky)
Look for more of these sorts of uncomfortable moments in the future. Like this:
[CHRIS DODD is eating in the Senate cafeteria. JOE LIEBERMAN comes up with his tray]
LIEBERMAN: Hi, Chris! Uh. Mind if I sit down?
[A pause. Dodd looks around. No one is nearby]
DODD: [mumbles, doesn't look at Lieberman] Sure, I guess. Have a seat.
LIEBERMAN: [sits, waits expectantly] So how's things?
DODD: Okay. You?
LIEBERMAN: Oh, fine. Never better. [they both look down at their trays]
DODD: ...Yeah. Er... Good.
DODD: ...So. [the pause lengthens]
LIEBERMAN: Um. Nice work on the floor, today.
DODD: Oh, thanks. Thanks. Uh. You, too.
LIEBERMAN: Thanks! I thought Trent Lott looked drunk again, didn't you?
DODD: [pause] Mm.
LIEBERMAN: Boy, I can't wait till we retake the Senate. Can you? It's going to be great. Right?
DODD: [hastily takes a bite of sandwich, indicates that his mouth is full]
LIEBERMAN: [picks at his lunch] These freedom fries are always soggy. Don't you think they're soggy, Chris?
DODD: [forces a laugh] Soggy. Yeah.
LIEBERMAN: Been back home?
DODD: Oh, yeah, I was there last Wednesday, for-- for an event.
DODD: [quickly] Yeah. You know. How it is.
LIEBERMAN: [looks away] Yeah. I know. Look, I better go.
DODD: You don't have to.
LIEBERMAN: No. I should. I, uh, have some paperwork. You know this place. Paperwork. [gets up and hurriedly walks away]
DODD: Geez. [sighs, goes back to eating his lunch]