We should certainly tell Lieberman to quit the race–but not because his
presence on the ticket will deliver the election to the Busheviks. Formerly
his ticket-splitting antics could, of course, have just that mischievous effect.
Today, however, that is not the major danger posed by such independent or
The Busheviks today routinely steal elections when and where they want to
and can pull it off, whether their opponents are, or are not, stuck in three-way
races. A three-way race is better for them, not because that makes it likelier
for them to win the necessary votes: because the Busheviks don’t operate
by winning votes. They’d rather have a three-way race because that sort of
contest makes it easier for them to represent their “victory” as legimitate.
In other words, it gives them excellent cover for their anti-democratic
operations, which the Establishment (the press, the national Democrats)
would rather not perceive, preferring, lazily, to interpret the official
outcome, however dubious, as a simple consequence of what “the spoiler” did.
Take Ralph Nader’s infamous participation in the Florida race six years ago–
an act of interference noted in the following petition. It’s probably the case that
Nader took some votes away from Gore; and it is also true that Nader’s votes,
if all of them had gone to Gore, would have offset Bush/Cheney’s winning
But it is not true that Bush/Cheney surely would have been defeated if the
controversial Nader hadn’t run. If you’ll recall, the Bush machine kept coming
up with ever more Bush/Cheney votes throughout the stand-off in 2000, and
also kept on mounting challenges to ever more pro-Democratic ballots. If
you think that the Bush machine did not intend to “win” in Florida under
any circumstances, you weren’t paying very close attention. And if you
find yourself, in retrospect, detesting Nader more than you distrust the
Bush machine, you should look deep within, and ask yourself if you believe
more fiercely in the Democratic Party than in US democracy itself.
In any case, “Sore Loserman” should quit the race ASAP, so that the
Bush machine will have that much more difficult a time concocting a
“defeat” for Ned Lamont. And if the senator stays in, it will amount to
one more big wet kiss on Bush’s cheek.
On Tuesday, the message sent by Connecticut voters was loud and
clear. They want change, and they want Ned Lamont to represent
them in the U.S. Senate, voting for Ned by a 52%-48% margin over
Senator Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary.
Unfortunately, Joe Lieberman began collecting petition
signatures to run as an Independent several weeks ago while
concurrently running in the Democratic primary. In short, he
wanted to have his cake and eat it too.
In 2000, the presence of a third party candidate, Ralph Nader,
no doubt played a role in the defeat of Vice President Gore and
Joe Lieberman. Now Joe Lieberman is risking our party’s claim on
his Senate seat by running as a third party candidate himself.
Recent news reports detail the GOP’s interest in supporting just
such an effort. It’s time to draw a line.
As Democrats, Wes Clark and I have committed ourselves to
supporting the Democratic nominee for the US Senate in
Connecticut and I ask you to do likewise. Because too much is at
stake with our troubles abroad and at home, we cannot play games
this Election Day.
Please join Wes Clark and me in urging Senator Lieberman to drop
his bid for the Senate as an Independent and endorse the duly
Forward Joe Lieberman an email here: