The Republican is barely lint on the radar screen. For all the Iraq war stuff in the primaries, it was hardly mentioned in the first debate. Lamont was the moonbat candidate. Connecticut is blue, but not stupid. Lieberman will win handily, and the only way I see it changing anything is if the Dems take control of the Senate only with Lieberman solidly in their caucus -- a chairmanship perhaps?
Fair? Why not??
The upcoming elections have been touted as a possible change in power in Congress, and Lieberman's loss in the primary could be a portend of what's to come. Is it? Was Lieberman defeated due to his support of the Iraq war, and if so does that really transfer onto Republicans running for office or more local to the electorate Lieberman represents? Is it possible Lieberman suffered from "over exposure" and that's the main reason he lost the primary.
After the primary, Lieberman decided to run outside the Democratic party for the position anyway in the general election. Another go at it, as it were. It's legal, but is it fair? I tend to like Lieberman, and I'd certainly rather see him as the Senator than the one who beat him in the primary, but can he be elected outside the Democratic party structure? Well, Mayor Bloomberg seems to think it's possible and I haven't looked at Al Jazeera website to see if they've made any comments on it, but I won't be surprised to see them pushing a Jewish connection between the two with the typical conspiracy theories they feed so abundantly in the Middle East. As the writer notes, it would seem odd to have Lieberman clearly emphasizing his opponent, who beat him once already, as big money, a millionaire, while having his own millionaire Bloomberg running book to help finance Lieberman.
Will Lieberman win? I have no idea. If he does, how will it affect the balance of power in Congress and could he possible become the swing vote and therefore a power broker between the two parties? Things could get exciting this next term.
"Lieberman will receive a re-election boost at a fundraiser in his hometown organized by a group of well-heeled businessmen and community leaders, and starring billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. An invitation to the Oct. 30 $1,000-per-head reception at the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa lists Bloomberg as the special guest....
Bolstered by voter anger over the Iraq war, Lamont, the great-grandson of the former chairman of JP Morgan & Co. and a cable entrepreneur, rose from political obscurity to defeat Lieberman in August's Democratic primary....(more at link)"