Rich Galen

  • The mid-term elections are now just 17 weeks away. Many of the states have already completed their primary elections and the fields are set for the fall.

  • Some states, Connecticut among them, have not yet held their primary elections. In Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is facing a strong challenge in the August 8 primary against wealthy businessman "Ned Lamont, a multimillionaire who owns a cable television company," according to the Associated Press.
    "Lamont is pressing Lieberman on the issue of the Iraq war which Lieberman has generally favored, and it appears to be working."

  • Again, according to the AP,
    "Quinnipiac University polls show Lamont's support among registered Democrats increasing from 19 percent in May to 32 percent in June. Lieberman's support in the same period fell from 65 percent to 57 percent."

  • Lieberman, seeing that the momentum his opponent is generating might actually carry him to a victory, announced the fairly startling step of taking out petitions to run as in independent if Lamont ends up winning on August 8.

  • That's a pretty good story, but not of much interest to anyone outside the Beltway or Connecticut.

  • Here's the interesting part: After Lieberman announced his fall-back position, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked who she would support if Lamont wins the primary.

  • She said:
    "I want to be clear that I will support the nominee chosen by Connecticut Democrats in their primary. I believe in the Democratic Party, and I believe we must honor the decisions made by Democratic primary voters."

  • Say goodnight, Joe.

  • Here's why this was more than a little surprising. Clinton could have said,
    "I've known Joe Lieberman for many years. He is my friend and my colleague. I will support him in his re-election because I know he will continue to vote with Democrats on the great majority of issues."

  • Or, she could have taken a pass:
    "I fully expect Joe Lieberman to be our nominee in Connecticut, so there is no question of my support."

  • But she didn't. She went out of her way to say she would not support him if he loses the primary.

  • Why?

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at