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But one problem is that there is no single name in Connecticut now prominent enough to challenge Lieberman. (Toby Moffet reminded us in a bitter letter to the Times that he lost to Lieberman.) The only widely known name at this time is Weicker--and (a) it's unlikely that he would run as a Democrat and (b) he's not widely popular in the redder hamlets of Cosnnecticut, since as governor he managed to impose an income tax on the state. And as an independent, he would strengthen the Republican candidate, who would otherwise not be a great threat. WSho else is there? Rosa DeLauro? I don't think she could make it--I don't think she'd even want to try. Nancy Johnson? Ditto, and she's determined to bea rah-rah Republican these days. The only other name I can even think of are men who have gone down in flames in the past. And surely the RNC would find money to support BOTH the Rep candidate AND Lieberman (hedging their bets)? Do you have a candidate in mind?

Nicholas Beaudrot

It's strange ... I seem to be the only person who thinks Lieberman wasn't totally out of line. The whole comment was basically "Democrats should realize the President is the President. Also, the President should realize the war effort might go better if he listened to Democrats. It's a bad idea to undermine Presidential credibility." the subtext to the last line is that some day Democrats will control the Presidency, and they'll want the president to be credible.

The whole comment basically endorses a view that "giving up" on Iraq is a bad idea, and Democrats ought to figure out how to salvage the best out of the situation, and the President ought to stop with the "clap louder" talk. Of course, the latter won't happen, but it's something of a reasonable positon. He could of done a better job of saying that Democrats should be cautious about criticism.

Eric Jaffa

Nicholas Beaudrot -

This is a democracy, not a monarchy. If someone doesn't think Bush is credible, he or she should say so.

Aldon Hynes

I must admit that being on the ground in Connecticut. I have a very different view of what is going on. Ezra's right to point out the USA Today poll. There was also a Rasmussen poll which reports that 37% of Democrats would vote for Weicker if Weicker ran as an independent. I suspect that translates to enough support to force a primary.

The Draft Lowell Weicker movement is picking up a lot of steam ( see http://www.draftlowellweicker.com ). They are seeking to get Weicker to run as a Democrat. Also there are at least three other credible candidates who are considering a run against Lieberman, and there is growing talk of town committees turning against Lieberman.

It is also worth nothing that since the 2002 ruling there was a primary in the 2nd CD and there are currently two Democrats looking to run in the 5th CD this year, as well as two strong Democrats vying for the Gubernatorial nomination.

While I am not a big fan of the party machinery 'enforcing rigid party discipline on all issues', I am a big fan of primaries. I believe that we need to encourage participation in all aspects of the democratic process, including getting people excited about attending conventions, participating in primaries and becoming engaged in a dialog about the issues that we face.


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