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Joe Lieberman

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Joe Lieberman is the junior Senator from Connecticut and was the Democratic Party's losing 2000 nominee for Vice President. Lieberman is remarkable for being a former liberal anti-Vietnam War Democrat who swung to the right in support of the Republican War in Iraq, and for being an incumbent Senator who was defeated in his party's primary. Before he became a strong supporter of the Iraq War many conservative Republicans derided Lieberman as a typical weak liberal Democrat, something made easier by the remarkable similarities between the appearance, voice and mannerisms of Lieberman and MGM's Droopy Dog.

The incumbent Senator was resoundly defeated by challenger Ned Lamont in the August 8, 2006 Democratic Party Primary because a resurgent progressive Connecticut Democratic Party had had enough of his collaboration with the Republican war machine. However, Lieberman ran in the general election as an independent, and won re-election, see Connecticut U.S. Senate election, 2006. Supported by campaign contributions that would have normally gone to the Republican candidate in the race, Lieberman was able to bring together a perverse (or "strange bed fellows") coalition of Lieberman loyalists and Republicans who hate the peace movement so much they were wiling to vote for a former Democrat.

Sen. Joe Lieberman announced on January 19, 2011 that he will retire instead of seeking re-election in 2012. [1]



Lieberman's support for the failed foreign policies of Republican President George W. Bush led to a serious challenge from Ned Lamont for the 2006 Democratic Party Senatorial nomination. Leiberman has not only given the second Bush administration strong support on the War in Iraq but criticized fellow Democrats for daring to oppose the administration's imperial amitions in the region. Lieberman strayed so far from his political origins as a liberal and as a Democrat, that he threatened to run as a third party candidate if he lost the Democratic Party Primary to Ned Lamont which is what he in fact did. This has called into question the characterm who was once termed the "conscience of the Senate." In contrast, Lamont promised to support whoever wins the Democratic party nomination.

Attempting to respond to criticism that Lieberman was an uncritical cheerleader for George W. Bush's Iraq War, Lieberman claimed on August 2, 2006 that he had always been critical of the way that the second Bush administration was executing the war. Article in Daily News

Many Democrats are also unhappy with Lieberman's support for Israel which has been seen as uncritical. Endorsements like those of Mark Vogel further called into question his judgement. According to Vogel, chair of the National Action Commitee, "Joe Lieberman, without exception, no conditions ... is the No. 1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in Congress. There is nobody who does more on behalf of Israel than Joe Lieberman. That is why he is incredibly important to the pro-Israel community." Source: Susan Haigh. "Lieberman Gets Pro-Israel Groups' Support." Associated Press. July 19, 2006.

Lieberman also received support from other figures on the political right, including Tom Delay and Ann Coulter and Bill Kristol: Nation Article: DeLay, Coulter, Kristol Defend Lieberman.

According to veteran Connecticut political reporter Colin McEnroe, Lieberman made a career of dashing the hopes of liberal activists and then soothing their feelings with charm, affability and the appearance that he really is listening and considering what they are saying. However Lieberman's ability to con real liberals appears to have dried up. Source: Colin McEnroe. "How Joe Went Wrong." Salon. July 31, 2006. How Joe Went Wrong


Lamont's Momentum

Poll results from the Quinnipiac University Poll and Rasmussen charted the steady movement among Connecticut Democrats away from Lieberman and toward Lamont from April to August 2006. In early May 2, Lieberman was still well ahead of Lamont. However the same May 2 poll found state Democrats highly critical of Bush and the Iraq War. By July 20 the Quinnipiac University Poll showed Lamont leading Lieberman 51% to 47%. In the August 3 Quinnipiac Poll Lamont had widened his lead to 54% with Lieberman pulling only 41% among likely Democratic primary voters.

In the end it wasn't enough. Lieberman's former Democrats and Republicans voted to foist the diminutive Republican puppet on the people of Connecticut for another term.

Quinnipiac & Rasmussen Polling Data

Source Date Lieberman Lamont
Quinnipiac (likely primary voters) August 3, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 41% Ned Lamont 54%
Rasmussen (likely primary voters) July 20, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 41% Ned Lamont 51%
Quinnipiac (likely primary voters) July 20, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 47% Ned Lamont 51%
Rasmussen (likely primary voters) June 14, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 46% Ned Lamont 40%
Quinnipiac (likely primary voters) June 8, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 55% Ned Lamont 40%
Quinnipiac (all Democrats) June 8, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 57% Ned Lamont 32%
Quinnipiac (all Democrats) May 2, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 65% Ned Lamont 19%
Rasmussen April 27, 2006 Joseph Lieberman 51% Ned Lamont 31%

Lieberman Timeline


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Joe Lieberman is best known as the Democratic candidate for Vice President under Al Gore. The ticket, the first with a Jewish candidate running at the national level, won the popular vote but lost the electoral college vote amidst controversial decisions over voting irregularities in Florida. Joe Lieberman describes himself as an independently-minded Democrat, and has been described as the conscience of the Senate. He received national attention during the Monica Lewinsky scandal when he chastised then-President Bill Clinton for inappropriate behavior with the young intern but voted against the articles of impeachment.

Generally, his domestic voting record is progressive. He has been a staunch supporter of a woman's right to choose, an advocate for campaign finance reform, gay and lesbian rights, balancing the budget and environmental protection, the latter of which has become a signature issue for him. Consequently, he has drawn the ire of major conservative groups. Nevertheless, he has angered more liberal constituents of the party because of his support for the Iraq war, his support for school vouchers and his association with the DLC. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

In addiiton to being a co-sponsor of the Iraq Liberation Act, he has a long history of associating with right-wing neoconservative groups that promote war in the Middle East, including The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, and the Committee on the Present Danger. Other neoconservative and right-wing luminaries in these groups include Jeanne Kirkpatrick, William Kristol, Richard Perle, James Woolsey, Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Gary Bauer, Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, and Jack Kemp. He was also a co-founder (with Lynne Cheney) of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). In December 2001, ACTA issued a report entitled "Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America," which asserted that "when a nation's intellectuals are unwilling to defend its civilization, they give comfort to its adversaries." The report named over 40 professors as unpatriotic. Mr. Lieberman wrote a letter that repudiated that report, which is viewable online at The Nation Magazine's web site.

When Al Gore chose Lieberman to be his running mate, Gore was praised for making a risky choice. Arguably, the selection refueled the campaign and Gore and Lieberman attracted much media attention because of it. After the 2000 election fiasco, Lieberman waited until Gore declined to run for President before Lieberman began his own candidacy. As a presidential candidate, he navigated a difficult course, painting himself as a moderate amongst liberals in the primary. Lieberman compared President George W. Bush and his administration to the former Soviet Union and also called the Bush administration "the most anti-environmental administration in our history." Because of his support for the Iraq War, however, some voices in the Democratic Party did not see him as enough of an opposition to George Bush. Interestingly, Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean early in the primary season without notifying his former running mate in advance. Lieberman saw an increase in campaign donations directly following Gore's endorsement of his rival. It was not enough, however, to improve his chances in the primary.

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