Politicians are usually known for their arrogance. But Joe Lieberman takes the cake. He's the first politician who after losing an election delivers a victory speech. "As I see it, in this campaign, we’ve just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead--but in the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward to victory in November."
In his "concession" speech to challenger Ned Lamont Tuesday night, Lieberman attributed his loss not to his own failed policies, support for the war, and perennial ass-kissing of President Bush, but to "partisan polarizing" by the Lamont campaign and voters. And it is these poor, naive, misguided voters--whom Lieberman believes really do want him as their Senator despite their 52%-48% rejection of him--for whom he's vowed to stay in the race.
"For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot, I will not let this result stand," said Mr. Sore Loserman. That's right Joe, stand up for America! We cannot let voters choose their candidates. We cannot let America's fragile Democracy be threatened by fair elections. We cannot let the Democratic Party choose its nominee and then unify around him. It is our duty, your duty, sir, as An American citizen, a Democrat, a patriot, to give voters what they so obviously begged for Tuesday: for you to run as an Independent, split the Democratic ticket, and allow, in true Ralph Nader fashion, an inept Republican to walk away with your seat in November.
Now the odds are, Lieberman's little delusion will end very soon. The man who last night, in one last pathetic homage to his mentor and hero George Bush, actually claimed to be a uniter not a divider, is hell-bent on dividing his party. But thankfully, there will not be one major Democratic leader who'll endorse him. What we're going to see in the next several days is one Lamont endorsement after another by Clinton, Emanuel, Dodd, Schumer, et.al. No leading Dem is going to commit political blasphemy by refusing to endorse his party's primary winner. And then the intense pressure will be cast upon Old Joe by the voices of reason within his former party:
"C'mon Joe, you've had a great run. Eighteen years, three terms. It's time to quit and let the Party and Lamont continue towards victory in November. Don't fight reality. Don't go out this way. Don't throw away 18 years of reputation. Remember 'Sore Loserman' Joe? That's what you'll be remembered by if you don't drop out of the race with dignity.
Let's hope Old Joe will listen.