Some Of The More Interesting Quotes From The Left Side Of The Blogosphere About Lieberman’s Defeat
“Joe Lieberman has become the Zell Miller of the Democratic party. A spiteful, hateful man who lost his way and became a Republican, yet never had the courage to just admit it.” — AMERICAblog
Joe Lieberman lost the Democratic primary. And if he has so little respect for the voters in that primary that he will not abide by the results, then the party leadership must show him the door. To do otherwise would be to sanction cheating Democratic voters of their rightful say in the party process — and would render the party leadership moot. That is true whether Ned Lamont won by one vote — or by several thousand.” — Christy Hardin Smith at Firedoglake
“Joe Lieberman has every right to run as independent. Those are the rules. And we as donors and grassroots leaders and patriots have every right to say to any and all Democrats, “you will support the nominee. If you do not, do not ever again ask for a dime for the DSCC or the DCCC or the DNC or for yourself. We cannot give money to institutions that carry the name Democrat but act as oligarchs.” — Rick Jacobs at The Huffington Post
“But now that so many from the caucus have bowed to base pressure and endorsed Ned Lamont — I’m thinking here of Dodd, Clinton, Feingold, Kerry, Bayh, Kennedy, Schumer, Emmanuel, Reid, and Obama, all of whom have stuck the shiv into Joe — Lieberman is apt to feel as betrayed by his colleagues as he does by his voters. That radically increases the chance he’ll switch parties or leverage his independence against his side which, in turn, radically increases the importance that the party kill off his candidacy and ensure Lamont’s election.” — Ezra Klein
“Nearly every Democrat set to run for president in 2008 is responsible for this war. They voted for it or they supported it. That single, stupid decision has cost us 2,592 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. Lieberman and Company made a colossal mistake — and we are going to make sure they pay for that mistake. Payback time started last night.
I realize that there are those like Kerry and Edwards who have now changed their position and are strongly anti-war. Perhaps that switch will be enough for some to support them. For others, like me — while I’m glad they’ve seen the light — their massive error in judgment is, sadly, proof that they are not fit for the job. They sided with Bush, and for that, they may never enter the promised land.
…To every Democratic Senator and Congressman who continues to back Bush’s War, allow me to inform you that your days in elective office are now numbered. Myself and tens of millions of citizens are going to work hard to actively remove you from any position of power.” — Michael Moore
“So Ned Lamont did defeat Joe Lieberman. But Lamont won by just under four percentage points, a far cry from the huge margins he’d captured in the polls just a week ago. Lieberman’s concession speech was also a declaration of intent to run as an independent where there are more potential independents than Democrats and Republicans . But, if Lamont is trying to put himself forward as a new face in the Democratic Party, the two men who planted themselves right in back of him on the stage at the victory party gave it all away. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are hustlers, and racist hustlers at that. They have accomplished nothing for African-Americans, nothing.” — Martin Peretz at The Plank
“If Lamont had won by ten points or more, as polls suggested and as most people expected*, it would have been overwhelming. But the fact is that Lieberman is one of the most, perhaps the most, pro-Bush Democrats in Washington, in one of the most liberal states, and he only lost by a whisker. I don’t think other Democrats are going to look at Lieberman and say “there but for the grace of God go I.” — Johnathan Chait at The Plank
“Democratic politicians in Washington are tripping over themselves to issue statements officially endorsing Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Ned Lamont. That’s a very good thing. But what isn’t so good is that most of these Democrats are blathering on about what a great guy Joe Lieberman is – even as Lieberman is leaving the Democratic Party, running as an candidate of one, going on network television to attack Democrats, and ultimately threatening not only Democrats hold on the Connecticut Senate seat but Democrats national efforts to retake Congress.
…The reaction to Joe Lieberman from Democrats should not be “wow, what a great guy he is” – it should be “we must crush this craven, selfish anti-democratic opportunist because he is trying to destroy the Democratic Party and ignore the will of voters.”
Clearly, in some quarters, there is hesitation to embrace this simple statement of the truth. And that begs questions to all Democratic Party officeholders: Will you unequivocally endorse Democratic nominee Ned Lamont and not package that endorsement with salivating praise for Joe Lieberman – a man who is aggressively moving to undermine the Democratic Party? Will you sign General Clark’s letter demanding Lieberman back down? Contact your Democratic Senator today and ask them this very simple question.” — David Sirota
“Joe to Connecticut Democrats: “F*ck You”
I do not accept the decision of the voters
Classless till the end, Joe Lieberman concedes, announces that he will run as part of the First Second-Place Party, and then trashes Ned Lamont.
What. A. D*ck.
Of course this will result in cash and resources that should be going to the real Democrats down ticket being spent fighting off a Vichy Democrat.
But it’s all about Joe.” — Tbogg