McCain and LiebermanI hope all the Democrats who supported cheese-eatin’ Joe Lieberman over the Democratic primary winner for Senate in CT, Ned Lamont, are proud of themselves. I really do. And that includes btw — our man Obama who initially supported Lieberman over a great candidate like Lamont. (After the primary, Obama offered tepid support to Lamont online while  avoiding appearances with Lamont in CT during the race.)

It just goes to show that the netroots is sometimes right on target and conventional wisdom — well, sometimes it ain’t. Democrats going to keep losing to the GOP if they aren’t willing to think outside the beltway box and maybe, just maybe pay attention to the electorate. Looking back — what an astonishing miscalculation on the part of Democratic leaders….nice work, jackasses! The desire to play both sides without strongly backing the better and in fact, the Democratic candidate as selected by the people has backfired big time.

Cuz unlike Joe who likes to pose with John McCain signs behind him, Ned supported Barack Obama before it was cool. Here’s a snip from his Daily Kos diary from January 2008:

When I decided to run for Senate, I did so because I deeply believed that the citizens of Connecticut were yearning to see fundamental changes in our politics – changes that would make government work for them again.

Today, with our Presidential primary in Connecticut less than a month away, I am announcing my support of Barack Obama for President because I am convinced that his forward-looking, progressive vision provides the best chance to enact meaningful reforms in the way Washington works.

Sen. Obama has the tone and temperament to bring out the best in our people and our nation, and to bring new coalitions together in support of the progressive policies we all want to see enacted. His campaign has already reflected this, not only by bringing hundreds of thousands of new voters of all ages to the polls, but by inspiring so many who are new to politics to become activists as well.

How awesome would it be right now if Ned were the Senator from CT instead of Benedict Joe?

Because wow — I’m with Markos on this. Lieberman’s Zell Miller act is almost past infuriating since the talk of Joe as John’s running mate and VP candidate makes my mind melt a little and not in a good way. Joe Lieberman is selling his old Democratic friends down the river for his own greed for power & attention. Democrats need him for now. But how long before this Judas has not one but two feet in the Republican camp? Time to nurture new leadership (and stop thwarting it) in CT, seems to me…

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