U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, facing a backlash in his own party for supporting the Iraq war, has been overtaken by a political novice in Connecticut's Democratic Senate primary, a poll showed on Thursday.However ....
The three-term senator and vice presidential nominee in 2000 has support of 47 percent of likely Democratic voters against 51 percent for Ned Lamont, a millionaire who gained on Lieberman by portraying him as too supportive of President George W. Bush, the Quinnipiac University poll showed.
But the poll ... shows Lieberman prevailing in November's mid-term election if he runs as an independent.As I've written previously, it should piss off Democrats that Lieberman would publicly express his willingness to run as an independent if he loses the primary.
Facing his first tough re-election race since entering the Senate 18 years ago, Lieberman filed papers last week to create a party called "Connecticut for Lieberman" that would put him on November's ballot even if he loses the August 8 primary.
It's wrong for anyone (incumbent or not) to use the party's primary as merely a "Plan A." Doing so renders the party primary meaningless.