Lieberman Campaign: In Need of Thorazine
How come we don't hear anything coming out of the LieberLiar campaign any more about what a good Democrat Joe is, how he voted with his party 90% of the time, all his "liberal" (*choke*) interest group endorsements, and the fact that Ned Lamont is practically the Strom Thurmond of Greenwich? Without question, this has been the most schizophrenic campaign in recent history. And the people most likely to be persuaded by either side of the conflicting rhetoric are not necessarily the sharpest tools in the shed.
With each passing day Lieberman depends more and more on the least motivated voters. Least motivated to turn out, I mean. A Republican or conservative-unaffiliated who doesn't like the war, who doesn't like Bush and who is now appalled by the Foley scandal, has less incentive to go to the polls. That voter thinks: Jodi Rell doesn't need me, and I don't like anybody else.Add to that Lieberman's position on the ballot which is basically a crossword puzzle coordinate. Five down, three across. He is the Waldo of the Connecticut voting booth.I think the Foley scandal will keep evangelicals home on Election Day, but they're not such a big factor in this state. Voters who are motivated to save any of the three incumbent Republican congresspersons may or may not hunt around for Joe while they're in the booth.If Lamont can make it a little closer by November than it is right now, he will have a better chance than most people give him in the long, strange trip of this campaign.
The Republicans had also, at that moment, spoken forcefully about their own vision of Joe Lieberman. On Aug. 9, they held in their hands the unique formula that allows Connecticut to elect a Republican U.S. senator, once ever 36 years or so. It is a near-impossibility, unless the Democrats spilt themselves, as they did in 1970 and again this year. A strong Republican candidate would have had a plausible chance at the brass ring, and the fact that the state and national Republican leadership decided to leave Schlesinger in place tells you what they think of all that messaging by Lieberman about what a good Democrat he is and how he votes 133 percent of the time with his party. The Republicans, anyway, dismiss all that as hogwash. From Karl Rove on down, they decided they already had a pretty good Republican senator in Joe Lieberman.