Wednesday, August 09, 2006

You can't have it both ways, Joe.

But Lieberman, undaunted, vowed to run as an independent against fellow Democrat Ned Lamont. "For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand," he said of Tuesday's Democratic primary results.

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"I'll always take the calls of friends, but my mind is made up," he said. "I'm going forward. I'm going forward because I'm fed up with all the partisanship in Washington that stops us from getting anything done."

I said this last night - this race was never about maintaining the integrity of the Democratic Party or "fighting partisanship in D.C."; if it were, Lieberman would've have conceded to Lamont last night. No, this is about Lieberman's ego, his unwillingness to let go of all the lovely perks of his office, not the least of which, apparently, is the right to ignore the wants and needs of his constituents who pay his salary and who held him accountable for his decisions last night, and the extent to which 18 years inside the Beltway have clouded his "judgment" and made him fat, rich, and lazy.

Talk about tortured logic: running as an Independent for the sake of the Democratic party? Whose Democratic party, Joe? Certainly not the majority of Democrats who voted for Lamont. What you're doing is directly feeding into the partisanship that you so smoothly deride. If you really want to help the Democratic party, you should concede and refrain from filing those papers, because let's face it, Joe: Ned Lamont is the new face of the freshly revived Democratic Party. You're a DINO, whining that nothing gets done in D.C. because other Democrats aren't as comfortable being Republicans as you are.

Last night, Lieberman accused Lamont of running a partisan, polarizing campaign, that this campaign was the same old, same old. Joe, you're a three-term incumbent who was beaten by a "millionaire cable television executive" with little to no political experience. If you're so sensitive about being labelled a Republican enabler, then maybe you should give some thought as to why you lost. And don't blame the bloggers, or the Kiss Float, or the fact that somewhere, a butterfly fluttered its wings, causing you to lose the primary. Look at your record, Joe. That's why you lost. Because you haven't gotten anything done for the people of Connecticut, the people you were elected to represent. They don't want you to vote your self-lauded "conscience;" they want you to vote for their betterment.

To me, the acceptance/refusing to concede defeat speeches said it all: Joe's was defensive, petty and self-absorbed, while Ned's was refreshingly unaffected and positive. This is what the voters want. Shame on you, Joe, for refusing to see that.