Lieberman wins by more than 10 points Lieberman barely wins (less than 10 points)
- Lamont ekes out a win (less than 4 points): Xanax and Prosac fly off the shelves of DC pharmacies, as the Democratic Party Establishment goes into a depression because it realizes it no longer gets to give orders from Mt. Olympus. Lieberman, who for weeks has been trying to downplay expectations, cites the closeness of the results as a reason to go ahead with an Independent Lieberman for Lieberman bid, even though the fact that he - an 18-year incumbent with a massive warchest - should have won by a huge margin, and his loss is a clear repudiation of his corruption and his dishonesty. Though Lieberman's move threatens the Democratic Party's hold on the Connecticut Senate seat, and though Democratic voters have made themselves clear, at least some of Lieberman's Senate Democratic buddies decide to continue backing him, as does his wide network of Enron lobbyists, corporate lawyers and other professional business shills in D.C. Roberts, Rothenberg, Beinart, Kagan and the DLC continue filling newspapers and the airwaves with whines about Lieberman being a "nice guy" who is under an anti-semitic, anti-American terrorist-like attack from "elitist insurgent" activists and voters they liken to Karl Marx, Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden and Lucifer himself. Former Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy can be heard applauding the slandering from his grave. These elitists then beg and plead Lieberman to ignore primary voters and keep running like a sore-loser - likely part of an already-prepared collusion with the campaign to create a "Draft Poor Persecuted Joe" feeling. Nonetheless, every Democratic officeholder in America realizes how totally out of touch Washington pundits/operatives really are and how important the progressive movement is. They quickly internalize the truism that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D) had the courage to already admit: "Being a rubber stamp for George Bush is politically dangerous to life threatening." The divide in the Democratic Party has a chance to be bridged, but the insistence by some Democratic incumbents and moneyed interests to keep pushing Lieberman's candidacy unfortunately preserves the fault line.
Lamont wins big (by more than 5 points)
It's official Joe Loserman is now an Independent candidate for the Senate. KOS tells us what must happen now.
- Push Harry Reid to strip Lieberman of all committee assignments.
- Let people know what a sore loser Lieberman is.
- Get all Democrats -- including Bill Clinton -- to publicly back Ned Lamont.
- Get the Democratic interest groups who backed Lieberman to switch allegiances in the general.
I would add a fifth, let the DC Democrats know they will be punished if they support Lieberman and don't support Lamont.