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You’ve Got To Be Kidding

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Second big bit of pre-Tuesday spin setting up expectations for Joe’s Cut-and-Run 2006 tour appeared today in USA Today:

Lieberman has said that if he loses in the primary (and he’s behind in the polls), he’ll run as an independent.

But this morning a close colleague and supporter of Lieberman’s, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., told USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page that if Lieberman loses by more than 10 percentage points, he thinks it’s unlikely the senator will mount an independent effort to keep his seat. Lautenberg said Lieberman hasn’t specifically told him that, but that it’s his (Lautenberg’s) impression of what would happen. Page was guest-hosting on National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show, and Lautenberg’s comments were aired live.

Lautenberg told Page that in the event of a big primary loss, Lieberman would have to "take a look at what reality is."

Kill this now.  It’s an attempt to set the limits of Joe’s indy run.  Most polls show the race much tighter than ten points, and it’s a way to inject the notion that if Lieberman loses by less than that he’s entitled to cut and run.

No.  If Lieberman loses he should bow out gracefully and back the winner of the race, Ned Lamont.  Anything less is nothing but a commitment to his own self-aggrandizement at the expense of the party.  Staying in the race threatens three Connecticut House seats.  His kiss-my-ring vanity party is an exercise in narcissism and self-indulgence that cannot and should not be tolerated, no matter how his new wingnut cheering section of Michelle Malkin, Anne Coulter and Tom DeLay want to see him proceed.  If the beasts of the right wing are making alliances with Lieberman and attempting to influence the future of the Democratic party no good can come from it.  

He loses, he’s out.  The end. 

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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