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Yesterday, the NY Times editorially endorsed the opponent of Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont, in the Democratic primary to be held in Connecticut on August 8.
The Times makes it abundantly clear they are not angry with Lieberman for his support of the Iraq war. They are angry with Lieberman for his not being angry enough with President Bush.
In the editorial, the Times goes to great lengths to point out the occasions when Lieberman could have broken with the President but chose not to:
"Mr. Bush continually tries to undermine restraints on the executive branch: the system of checks and balances, international accords on the treatment of prisoners, the nation's longtime principles of justice …"
The Times' also takes a gratuitous slap at his "pomposity" writing:
"Mr. Lieberman has fallen in love with his image as the national's moral compass."
On the Pomposity Front MULLINGS believes the New York Times knows what it is talking about. No newspaper is more guilty of being consistently, unabashedly pompous than the Times. "Think Like Us or You Aren't Thinking at All" should replace that "All the News…" business on in the box on the front page.
I hope the good Democrats in Connecticut take the New York Times' advice and vote for Lamont. And I hope that Lieberman makes good his promise to run as an independent if he loses the primary (as my Connecticut political buddies say is likely).
There are two reasons for my glee.
First: On the tactical level, about half the voters in Connecticut do not register as a member of any party. And, Connecticut as a history of supporting independent candidates. Former Republican Senator Lowell Weicker won election as Governor in 1990 as an independent in Connecticut.
The Greenwich Time newspaper wrote over the weekend "Lowell Weicker Jr. will return to Greenwich, the town where the political maverick began his life in public service, next Friday for a campaign rally supporting Senate hopeful Ned Lamont."