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Bloomberg Sprays New Party With Joe Lieberman Voter Repellant

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

Mike Bloomberg’s new “grassroots” (cough) “centrist” party, No Labels, is off to a smashing start:

The group has raised more than $1 million to seed its effort against what it calls “hyper-partisanship.” Backers include co-chairman of Loews Corp. Andrew Tisch, Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich and ex-Facebook executive Dave Morin. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as U.S. senators Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, will attend the New York launch.

From PPP’s November 8 polling, Joe Lieberman is far and away the most unpopular member of the Senate up for reelection in 2012:

Senator Approval Spread
Olympia Snowe 56/34 +22
Amy Klobuchar 53/32 +21
Jeff Bingaman 50/34 +16
Daniel Akaka 49/35 +14
Dianne Feinstein 50/37 +13
Kay Bailey Hutchison 45/33 +12
Tom Carper 45/36 +9
Jon Kyl 47/39 +8
Kirsten Gillibrand 42/37 +5
Maria Cantwell 44/41 +3
Bill Nelson 37/35 +2
Herb Kohl 41/40 +1
Bob Casey 36/40 -4
John Ensign 41/48 -7
Sherrod Brown 31/40 -9
Debbie Stabenow 38/50 -12
Claire McCaskill 40/53 -13
Joe Lieberman 33/54 -21

I’m always careful to make the distinction between “transpartisan” and “bipartisan”: “transpartisan” is what happens when people reach across party lines to battle entrenched insiders who are ripping them off. Joe Lieberman’s “bipartisanship,” on the other hand, happens when insiders of both parties get together to screw the public.

Bloomberg’s new “grassroots” (chortle) party definitely has all the trappings of the latter, and now they’re dragging a -21 point albatross.

Genius.

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Bloomberg Sprays New Party With Joe Lieberman Voter Repellant

Mike Bloomberg’s new “grassroots” (cough) “centrist” party, No Labels, is off to a smashing start:

The group has raised more than $1 million to seed its effort against what it calls “hyper-partisanship.” Backers include co-chairman of Loews Corp. Andrew Tisch, Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich and ex-Facebook executive Dave Morin. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as U.S. senators Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, will attend the New York launch.

From PPP’s November 8 polling, Joe Lieberman is far and away the most unpopular member of the Senate up for reelection in 2012:

Senator Approval Spread
Olympia Snowe 56/34 +22
Amy Klobuchar 53/32 +21
Jeff Bingaman 50/34 +16
Daniel Akaka 49/35 +14
Dianne Feinstein 50/37 +13
Kay Bailey Hutchison 45/33 +12
Tom Carper 45/36 +9
Jon Kyl 47/39 +8
Kirsten Gillibrand 42/37 +5
Maria Cantwell 44/41 +3
Bill Nelson 37/35 +2
Herb Kohl 41/40 +1
Bob Casey 36/40 -4
John Ensign 41/48 -7
Sherrod Brown 31/40 -9
Debbie Stabenow 38/50 -12
Claire McCaskill 40/53 -13
Joe Lieberman 33/54 -21

I’m always careful to make the distinction between “transpartisan” and “bipartisan”: “transpartisan” is what happens when people reach across party lines to battle entrenched insiders who are ripping them off. Joe Lieberman’s “bipartisanship,” on the other hand, happens when insiders of both parties get together to screw the public.

Bloomberg’s new “grassroots” (chortle) party definitely has all the trappings of the latter, and now they’re dragging a -21 point albatross.

Genius.

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