But today Mr. Lieberman appears to be in the race to stay, running as a retooled independent candidate who is taking on both political parties, and Connecticut is already seeing a full-throated re-enactment of the menÂs blistering primary battle.
Far from sulking in defeat, Senator Lieberman has fired most of his senior aides, energized his broad base of donors from his campaigns for president and vice president, produced a new television advertisement explaining his political intentions, and attacked Mr. Lamont over the London terror plot.
In a state where Republican and independent voters make up a majority of the electorate, Mr. Lieberman is still developing a message about bipartisanship, but his aides say it will involve adopting positions from both parties and being willing to criticize Democrats as well as Republicans.
Lamont has plans too, and the Democratic Party has plans for him.
As the newly proclaimed Democratic nominee, Mr. Lamont is moving to adopt a general election strategy that attracts more moderate voters, who are crucial to victory in Connecticut elections. He is also seeking at least two experienced fund-raising aides to tap more donors in Connecticut and nationwide, particularly those who are excited by the antiwar message.
Some Lamont allies have privately expressed disdain for the idea of bringing on any outside consultants, noting that most big-name Democratic consultants had shown little willingness to help Mr. Lamont when he was an obscure businessman running a long-shot campaign.
I don't want to hire any of those big-fee consultant types from Washington who just want to come in and make money off of Ned, Mr. Swan said. We won the primary on NedÂs message; we can win the general in a similar way.
The sudden role reversal is interesting. I have to wonder how well both candidates will deal with being in the opposite situation as they were in the primary.
Healy, Patrick & Confessore Nicholas. "New Lieberman Retooling Race as Independent". New York Times. 8/16/06