And if that is the case, it would not be hard to write a scenario in which the real loser from a Lieberman defeat to anti-war candidate Ned Lamont might be the Democratic Party itself
That would especially be the case if Lieberman's good friend Sen. John McCain of Arizona becomes the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and picks Joe as his running mate.
Interesting speculation, but it still seems to me unlikely that the Republicans will nominate John McCain. Not as unlikely as I thought a year ago, but still not the most plausible scenario. And if McCain were to win, what would he gain by picking Lieberman as his running mate? McCain has tremendous crossover appeal to moderate Democrats and centrists on his own; what he'd need is somebody to shore up his right flank.
Meanwhile, Democracy For America (and doesn't that name suck eggs?), run by the Vermonster's brother is pushing Lamont in a video today:
Jim Dean rewrites history here a bit:
The story of an insurgent, people-powered candidate moving to the top of the polls against the Democratic establishment is not new. My brother, Howard, was in a similar position three and a half years ago in the 2004 presidential primary. I don't need to remind you about what happened when the Beltway Democrats placed a giant target on his back and took aim. Let's make sure that history doesn't repeat itself with Ned Lamont.
Three and a half years ago, nobody outside of Vermont had heard of Howard Dean. Two and a half years ago, his campaign imploded when his orange hat brigade got too obnoxious for the Iowa farmers.