Dem angst escalates
A group of Senate Democrats is growing increasingly angry about Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (D-Conn.) campaign tactics since he lost the Democratic primary last week.OK, I'm irate that they are just angry and not irate - purple with rage. It shouldn't be "could be stripped of his seniority within the Democratic caucus", it should be WILL be. Lieberman is attacking and undermining the Democratic party at a critical time. Like all neocons Lieberman is a neocon first, a "D" or an "R" second. The Democrats in the Senate should not just be supporting Lamont they should be enthusiastically supporting him.
If he continues to alienate his colleagues, Lieberman could be stripped of his seniority within the Democratic caucus should he defeat Democrat Ned Lamont in the general election this November, according to some senior Democratic aides.
In recent days, Lieberman has rankled Democrats in the upper chamber by suggesting that those who support bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq by a certain date would bolster terrorists’ planning attacks against the U.S. and its allies. He also sparked resentment by saying last week on NBC’s Today show that the Democratic Party was out of the political mainstream.
Democrats are worried that Lieberman may be giving Republicans a golden opportunity to undermine their message.
Michael Lewan, Lieberman’s former chief of staff, has worked to quell Democratic discontent with Lieberman and to steer them away from campaigning against his former boss, said Democratic aides familiar with Lewan’s activities.Let the DSCC know that anything short of enthusiastic support of Lamont is not acceptable and that we expect to see all the big guns in Connecticut campaigning for Ned Lamont. As I said before, a Democratic majority that requires Joe Lieberman is no Democratic majority. Does anyone think that Joe Lieberman can be trusted to investigate the war in Iraq or the Bush administration. Lieberman should be stripped of his committee positions now.
Lewan, a lobbyist with Brown Rudnick, said that he has had conversations with Democrats from between eight and 12 Senate offices. He said he understands that many Democrats have endorsed Lamont because he is the Democratic primary winner.
He added, “It would be terrific from my point of view that during the time in September, October, and early November, if they campaign, they spend their time in places other than Connecticut.”