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CT-Sen: Liberals attack Lieberman in ads

It's no secret that liberals -- in Connecticut and nationally -- harbor a fervent dislike for Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the man who, after losing a Democratic primary in 2006, formed his own independent party and won re-election.

From his strong support to the war in Iraq to his consideration as a running mate for Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2008 to his recent refusal to consider a public option in the health care bill, Lieberman has antagonized the liberal base of his (former) party and ensured that his 2012 re-election race will be one for the ages.

Seeking to strike a first blow against Lieberman in advance of that race, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is going up with ads in Connecticut and on national cable that call out the incumbent for acting in his own self interest rather than the interests of the state.

Here's the ad:

Yes, that is the real chairman of the "Connecticut for Lieberman" party saying that the Senator "never forgets who he ran to represent -- himself." (Left unsaid in the ad is that liberals -- smartly -- took over control of the "Connecticut for Lieberman" party after the Senator won re-election under its banner.)

The PCCC ad buy is small -- $40,000 on DC cable and Connecticut television combined -- and its impact should not be overstated. But, the signal it sends quite clearly is that liberals from across the country see defeating Lieberman in 2012 as their number one priority and will spend heavily to see that happen.

Lieberman has not yet said whether he will seek a fifth term in 2012 but, if he does, he will face a series of hurdles. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who ascended to his current job when Lieberman vacated the office to run for Senate in 1988, has said he plans to run for the Democratic nomination in 2012. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in February showed Lieberman, running as an independent, trailing Blumenthal by a wide 58 percent to 30 percent margin. (Lieberman would almost certainly have to run as an independent in 2012 as he would be soundly defeated by Blumenthal in a Democratic primary.)

One potential problem for Democrats hoping to rally around Blumenthal in 2012 is that the AG's name is at the top of the list if embattled Sen. Chris Dodd (D) decides against seeking re-election next November. If Dodd bowed out, Blumenthal would come under serious pressure to run and would almost certainly do so as an open seat run in 2010 would be more attractive than a race against Lieberman in 2012.

If that scenario does come to pass, however, Democrats are sure to find another quality candidate. Ned Lamont, the man who beat Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic primary, is running for governor in 2010 and, if he comes up short, would be a likely candidate. The two other Democrats in the governor's race -- Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy -- would also be potential Senate recruits against Lieberman if they come up short next year.

No matter the identity of the Democratic candidate, if Lieberman runs he will have to fight the full force of the party's national liberal base. He has proven himself to be a political survivor but 2012 will be the race of the Connecticut Senator's life.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2009; 10:56 AM ET
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Can anyone tell me why the people using words like "libs", "socialist", and "communism" post comments that are filled with improper grammar, incorrect punctuation, and misspelled words? I find it an interesting coincidence that those same people are making comments on the TARP program and Obama in general when this is a column about the brilliant ad about Lieberman. Perhaps it's because there are no facts on their side.

Thy are only too happy to live in their alternate reality where Lieberman is anything but a tool.

Posted by: laserbeam | December 9, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a putz. I blame Al Gore that Lieberman is still around to be such a pain in the arse.


I blame Harry Reid more than Gore.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 7, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a putz. I blame Al Gore that Lieberman is still around to be such a pain in the arse.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 7, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Of course the looney left is attacking him - he doesnt through money out the window, try to gut the taxpayer at every turn and run like lepers with the socialists Pelosi and Bleid.

Posted by: RobertNYC | December 7, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Gallenod, I generally respect your opinions, but I don't see how Lieberman is any way 'independent' since he seems to be entirely controlled by neocons and industry, primarily insurance. He's their boy.


.. and by AIPAC.

I don't see any of the "independence" others have alluded to. On the contrary, Lieberman seems completely predictable to me, as predictable as the remaining Republicans. Whatever will get him in front of a camera is what he'll do.

After his frog-faced campaigning for his buddy McCain, a grotesquely irresponsible act considering the economic collapse, our enmirement in two wars, and McCain's utterly clueless and irrational positions, it's a shame the "attacks" are merely in advertising. They should be physical.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 7, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Communism failed but the worldwide Socialists are alive and well and doing their best to poison the minds of Americans."

Too late for you, Fox got there first...

Posted by: drindl | December 7, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

He needs to resign his Homeland Security chair and become an open and full fledged member of the Republican Party. The Democratic party needs to cancel his priveleges immediately, He has no more credit on his Democratic Political Credit Card !

Posted by: wave06 | December 7, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman doesn't put his own interests
first ---he puts those of Israel first,
then himself, then the US govt, then
the citizens.

Just let Joe register as an Israeli
agent or lobbyist and it'll all be ok...

Posted by: Major_Variola_ret | December 7, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Good! Lieberman needs to be dumped, ASAP!

And what is it with the 1950s name calling I see in the Post comments? "Socialists"? Huh? Do you know what that means, or did you learn it from some talk radio show? Perhaps we should tell the socialist fire department not to respond to your house.

Posted by: fluxgirl | December 7, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"does anyone what a 'knat' is?"

past tense of knights who say kneet


Posted by: bsimon1 | December 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Another factor in this is what the Republican party will do. The national party leaders abandoned the GOP nominee in favor of Lieberman in that election. If the GOP fields a serious candidate, that will cut into Lieberman's chances as well.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | December 7, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It's Obvious. Lieberman is the little boy who was struck out, so he's not letting anyone else use his bat. It's that simple.

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 7, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It just goes to show how much cash the Socialists from a have from around the globe. I doubt the people of Connecticut are dumb enough to buy into this. They didn;t want Chavez' free gas either. (What did you think Chavez would would be dumb enough to make the commercial in Spanish?)

Communism failed but the worldwide Socialists are alive and well and doing their best to poison the minds of Americans.

Posted by: TBOregon | December 7, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

does anyone what a 'knat' is? some type of alien, perhaps? or perhaps just someone to whom the english language is alien?

"But he's been no worse for substantive health care reform, for example, than Max Baucus or Ben Nelson, who still carry a D after their names, both of whom have clear financial support from various health industry players and both of whom stand in the way of fundamental reform of our health care system."

Thank you gallenod, you are a terrific contributer. I understand what you mean, and I don't like baucus or nelson much either. Like Leiberman, their only real constituency is the insurance industry.

Posted by: drindl | December 7, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

ATTN. SEN. LIEBERMAN (staff, pls. fwd.):

Redeem your reputation. Do something about THIS:



* Thousands of Americans, deemed to be "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush legacy program for debilitating microwave/laser assault, held hostage in their own homes to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units, equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* "Directed energy weapons," portable units and a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites, induce weakness, exhaustion, mood changes, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

* Pleas for justice, to local police and FBI, go unanswered -- as do demands for a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation and congressional hearings.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist,

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 7, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats should realize that if they cannot pass Health Reform with insurance options comparable to what congress has, their support that they received both finacially & politically will be severely diminished. I refuse to vote for the GOP and their obstructionist agenda, however I will not support a spinless Democrat party that places their politcal aspirations above the wishes of the majority of citizens. My checkbook is currently closed to the Democratic Party and will open only for the purpose to unseat the Liebermanns, Conrads in Congress. The Senate should use their Health Care policies as template for writing Health Care reform, then & only then will they pass meaningful reform !

This is really truth in advertising !

Posted by: wave06 | December 7, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is nothing but a big pile of steaming feces

Posted by: capskip | December 7, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, please allow me clarify may comment on Lieberman. He is independent in the sense that he doesn't slavishly conform to a party line. He mostly votes with Democrats but has never attempted to hide his conservative tendencies on military or health issues and the people of Connecticut who re-elected him as an independent knew full well who they were voting for (and against).

He also knows that his independence from both parties gives him outsized leverage on pretty much every closely contested issue in the Senate, leverage he can use to his state's (or his corporate masters, if you prefer) advantage.

In short, he was elected by the people of Connecticut in spite of the Democratic party, so he's under no obligation to toe the party line.

But he's been no worse for substantive health care reform, for example, than Max Baucus or Ben Nelson, who still carry a D after their names, both of whom have clear financial support from various health industry players and both of whom stand in the way of fundamental reform of our health care system.

Also by contrast is Senator Isakson (R) of Georgia, who originally proposed the emminently sensible idea of Medicare funding for voluntary end-of-life counseling and was forced to abandon his proposal when some amazingly creative people in his own party decided to turn that into "death panels are going to kill grandma." Isakson caved to party pressure. If that had been Lieberman, he'd have told them to pound sand.

In short, I can respect someone without agreeing with them on every issue if they are consistent within their framework of principles and can articlate a rational argument to support their position as part of the debate.

(That last bit eliminates people like Inhofe and Coburn, who are consistent but tend to stick their fingers in their ears and make loud ya-ya-ya noises when people try to cloud their issues with inconvenient facts.)

Posted by: Gallenod | December 7, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I know how the process works to get admitted to for an event. I am convinced that the crashers of the recent state dinner are empirical evidence of the incompetence of the Obama Administration.

the door guard was busy partying it up with the rest of the staff. Just another bennie for working on the banana despots inner circle. It is like a little playground for the doners/activists. In fact the entire government is truning this way.

what a drastic error it was electing someone with the experience of a knat.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Liberal judiciary:

Attorney General Holder and other Democrats (such as Senator Jack Reed) assure us that they will be found guilty. Why have the trials if you already know the outcome? What happened to the presumption of innocence? The way these people are talking, friends of the terrorists are going to say the outcome was pre-determined and our justice system is rigged, thereby defeating the Administration’s argument for the trials in the first place.

After all, if the objective is to convince the rest of the world that the American judicial system is sufficiently “fair” that even the most violent, ruthless, unrepentant killer can get off scot-free, all the AG had to do was utter three magic words: O. J. Simpson.

Last, Holder and his buddies say that if the terrorists are not convicted, they aren’t going to be let go anyway. Then why not just lock them up and throw away the key. This decision is the most bizarre in a series of bizarre decisions by this Administration.

Just how confused can an elected set of empty suits be?

Posted by: ZOUK | December 7, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight, Obama is going to take some of the TARP money and use it to reduce debt. Only in Washington would money allocated from funds we do not have, and that increase the national debt, be returned to us (by not spending it in the first place) and have it described as debt reduction. Orwell must be rolling over in his grave.

Liberal accounting must drive actual math guys nuts. then they can be Libs.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 7, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Undeterred by stubbornly high unemployment rates, and a stimulus plan that has fallen flat, talk of a second stimulus package is growing louder. But to shed the unsuccessful “stimulus” moniker, Democrats and government labor unions have adopted a “jobs plan.”

As usual, Libs simply rename their failures and slop on. Is this lipstick on a pig or a rose by any other name?

Always remember:

Warming is cooling
science is religion
surge is retreat
choice is death
thrift is deficit
apology is diplomacy
energy is tax


Posted by: ZOUK | December 7, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This man (Lieberman) is one ungrateful bd who should have been thrown out by Connecticut voters. They will all regret when this bd plays to get more money from insurance companies to nurture his carcass.

Posted by: samelson1 | December 7, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hang in there Joe. Don't be bought off like the weak minded Senator's we have been punished with.

Posted by: farmsnorton | December 7, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Liebermann is from connecticut, known for its insurance industry. It seems the moonbaty drivl has issues with a Senator representing his voters instead of mindlessly toeing the liberal line.

If only everyone could be as hopelessly clueless as the angry far left. the world would become a utopia overnight. Except we tried to elect that guy last year and he messed everything up much worse.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 7, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Funny political shenanigans but this race is almost 3 years away. there must be something more topical.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 7, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. I see Lieberman heading for the exits, willingly or not. Didn't he vote for some of the priority bills for Democrats, though? I'm thinking of the stimulus and the Ledbetter act. I presume he'll be a vote for the two wars, though that won't endear him to liberals.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 7, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

'Lieberman will be out of office in 2013. Which is a shame whether or not you agree with his positions simply because he's one of the few truly independent politicians left.'

Gallenod, I generally respect your opinions, but I don't see how Lieberman is any way 'independent' since he seems to be entirely controlled by neocons and industry, primarily insurance. He's their boy.

Posted by: drindl | December 7, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I think it's an exaggeration to say that Lieberman formed his own independent party. An independent party has a platform, organization, and more than one candidate. Lieberman ran as an independent, which is different. He could have used his 2006 primary loss as an opportunity to start a new moderate party, but obviously he has no interest in anything except himself.

Posted by: Blarg | December 7, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Dodd should step aside, but he probalby won't. His ego is just too large to admit he's a boat anchor.

If he doesn't, someone (Blumenthal would be best) should challenge him in the 2010 Democratic primary, but probably won't. You don't challenge an Old Bull unless you see that he's already mortally wounded, and while Dodd is bleeding poll numbers he's still got a lot of fight left in him.

Lieberman will be out of office in 2013. Which is a shame whether or not you agree with his positions simply because he's one of the few truly independent politicians left.

I'll miss Spector, Snowe and Collins, too, once they retire or are purged from their current parties. To riff on a pithy sound bite from our friend from Alaska: live fish swimming against the current are much more entertaining than the ones simply being carried downstream by the flow.

Posted by: Gallenod | December 7, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman is now nothing but a sock puppet -- a mere marionette-- of the insurance industry. He may run again, but it will have to be as a republican because he is an enemy of the Democratic party, a turncoat and industry tool.

Posted by: drindl | December 7, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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