I mentioned yesterday that I was hearing from people I trust that Lieberman is planning to leave the party. Now over at Political Wire, Taegan Goddard points us to a new article in the Hartford Courant. Holy Joe is being "urged" to run as an independent by the former head of the Connecticut Democratic party, who thinks oppositing incumbents in the primary process is an act of terrorism (obviously he and Lieberman must be close):
Political Wire has learned that key allies of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are making contingency plans for the three-term senator to run as an independent in this fall’s U.S. Senate race in Connecticut. Lieberman faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from businessman Ned Lamont.
In fact, an important Lieberman backer, former Connecticut Democratic chairman John F. Droney Jr., is quoted by the Hartford Courant as a supporter of the plan: "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."
Though the Lieberman camp is trying to discourage such speculation, the senator’s campaign manager was quoted on the radio today saying they would not back Lamont (D) if he won the Democratic primary. (my emphasis)
And Kos points to a diary by Elwood Dowd, who speculates that all this Unity 2008 bullshit (you know, the "we fucked the party up so let’s abandon it" crowd) may be an attempt to lay a foundation for a "draft Joe" independent run. Basically Holy Joe steps up to be a leader for all the WATBs who see any threat to their control launched by peons as tantamount to "terrorism."
It is just so pathetic. But Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid better be thinking about what they plan to do if in fact this isn’t a feint and it happens, because they know WE’LL be banging the war drums over it.
I love Ned, I back Ned because it’s the right thing to do, win or lose. But Lieberman’s actions are those of a desperate man. His internal polling must just SUCK. Things look better and better for Lamont every day, and I hope every Senator who ignored our faxes and voted for cloture on Alito gets a little shiver when they watch what is happening to Joe. This is not "all about the war" as Joe’s cheerleaders would position it. It’s much bigger than that, and they should know it by now.