TAKE ACTION: Tell the DSCC to Respect CT Voters and Uphold Its Mission

Do this. Tell Democrats to support the primary system and respect party democracy as our means for settling internal disputes. And remember--WE WON. We have changed the party by playing by the rules of the party. Now, let's make sure that the party plays by its own rules--Chris

Desperate people do desperate things, and desperate career politicians do downright disgusting things, especially when they are trying to cling to power. Sen. Joe Lieberman's move to leave the Democratic Party today is the act of a defeated man so focused on holding onto Connecticut's Senate seat that he is trying to thwart the will of voters. According to the Boston Globe, Lieberman says that if he loses the Democratic Party primary at the polls, he will try to run as an independent - a move that officially means he is leaving the party and trying to invalidate the party's democratic primary election. The question now is what will the Democratic Party in Washington do?

As I wrote in the Hartford Courant yesterday, Lieberman is a man who has totally lost touch with ordinary citizens. He is a man focused on making Washington operatives, lobbyists and pundits happy by using Connecitcut's Senate seat to advocate for policies that his constituents do not support. He is a man more interested in clinging to his own power than in helping the party that nominated him Vice President, working for his constituents, or respecting the will of voters.

So again, what will the Democratic Party in Washington do? Will the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee back Lieberman if Lieberman loses the Democratic Party primary? After all, the DSCC itself claims that its "mission is to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate." So, will the DSCC uphold its mission, respect the will of Democratic Party voters in Connecticut and back the Democratic nominee, even if it is Ned Lamont? Or, will the DSCC succumb to Washington insiderism and back Lieberman, even if he loses the Democratic Party primary and leaves the party?

It's time to take action. Call the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at 202-224-2447 or email them here. Tell the party's insiders in Washington that they should issue an official statement immediately promising to uphold their own mission statement, back Connecticut's Democratic Senate nominee and not back someone who, after losing a Democratic Party primary, would leave the Democratic Party in order to cling to power.

Tags: DSCC, Lamont, Lieberman (all tags)

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Respect CT Voters and Uphold Its Mission

I'm guessing that the DSSC will wait until it sees the result of the priimary before making a decision on who to support.  If Lamont clobbers Holy Joe, the DSSC will probably back Lamont, however reluctantly.

by global yokel 2006-07-03 10:11AM | 0 recs
Re: TAKE ACTION: Tell the DSCC to Respect CT Voter

i dont think the dscc will come in and spend money for lieberman.  schumer will probably just say that both guys said  theyll caucus with us, so im letting them duke it out, and not interfering on either side.

by yomoma2424 2006-07-03 10:18AM | 0 recs
Voters and Uphold Its Mission

Lieberman only had a 5 point lead in the last poll of likely voters. Wouldn't you think this lastest stunt will erase that? These party activists who supported Lieberman have got to look down on this. It goes against every they have worked for in building the State party.

by padcrasher 2006-07-03 10:36AM | 0 recs
Re: TAKE ACTION: Tell the DSCC to Respect CT Voter

I sent an email off to the DSCC telling them to respect the will of the voters in August and support the winner, whether its Lamont or Lieberman.

by Max Friedman 2006-07-03 10:54AM | 0 recs
Hold on one cotton-picking minute...

I've stayed out the CT Senate race, for lack of particular knowledge and particular interest.

But, working from I've gathered today and before, I think that lefty sphere champagne had better be kept on ice a tad longer.

And - as for Chris saying

And remember--WE WON.

- that's surely hubris on the grand scale.

We get these choices:

  1. Joe wins the primary;

  2. Ned wins the primary, and Joe throws in the towel;

  3. Ned wins the primary, Joe runs as an independent and Ned wins;

  4. Ned wins the primary, Joe runs as an independent, Joe wins, and caucuses with the Dems;

  5. Ned wins the primary, Joe runs as an independent, Joe wins, and caucuses with the GOP.

Cases 1, 4 and 5 are clearly lefty sphere losses. Cases 2 and 3 look like lefty sphere wins - but what shape will they leave the CT Dem party in? What about House races (several pickups possible in CT, I seem to remember)?

What about the 50 State Strategy? When does crashing the gate only succeed in junking the house?

I've no answers to any of these questions.

But I'd certainly work on the assumption that those in the Dem party hostile to lefty bloggers (the insiders and fatcats) will be preparing to unleash an artillery barrage of some ferocity should Lamont falter. Questions about lefty sphere judgement, maturity, all that jazz.

The fact that lefty bloggers have sunk so much capital in the guy - well, let's say, it's a highly leveraged investment!

For Chris to shout, as if this were the Kitten Board or something, WE WON at this early stage in the game seems to me to be, putting it mildly, unwise.

by skeptic06 2006-07-03 11:02AM | 0 recs
GOP could even win!

A comment on another thread by jiacinto rightly identifies a GOP win in a three-way as a possibility to consider (not on my list!), with the Dem vote split between Joe and Ned.

Way too early for celebrations...

by skeptic06 2006-07-03 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: GOP could even win!

I am no Lieberman fan and am disgusted by this move but my biggest fear all along has been handing this seat to the GOP.  3 way races were how NY ended up with Jim Buckley as Senator in 1970 and Al D'Amato as Senator in 1980.  

CT is not the deep blue seat it is made out to be here.  3 of its 5 House members are Repubs, the Repubs have held the Gov for 12 years and will win again this year in a landslide and the Repubs hold a majority of the municipal offices.  A GOP victory is a real possibility.

by John Mills 2006-07-03 11:47AM | 0 recs
Re: GOP could even win!

BTW - The DSCC should not support anyone who is not the Dem nominee and that includes Bernie Sanders, as much as I like him.  If you are not going to run under the party banner, you shouldn't be eligible its financial support.  Period.

by John Mills 2006-07-03 11:49AM | 0 recs
Re: GOP could even win!

"The DSCC should not support anyone who is not the Dem nominee and that includes Bernie Sanders, as much as I like him."

Dude - the Vermont Democratic party endorsed Sanders. Notice that this is linked to from the DSCC page.

by jkdism 2006-07-03 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: GOP could even win!

Then I am okay with the DSCC supporting him but if they hadn't I would be opposed.

by John Mills 2006-07-04 03:19PM | 0 recs
Re: GOP could even win!

I warned in January that the CT Dem Senate primary candidates had better be prepared to fight a republican candidate who comes out of the left on the War.

The people of CT can seem conservative, however, conservativism in CT is not Fox News GOP'ers.   Rather, New England conservatives like responsible fiscal and international policies.  

Joe made a huge error here.  He should have left the party, and made a bold decision to run as independent.  Weicker did it, and was elected governor.  Why didnt he?  Maybe because as prev vp candidate, he has received huge contributions provided that he would stay in the party.  This move allows Joe to apease these patrons.  

Whatever the machinations were, one thing is clear.. WE WON BIG.

We did win big, and we should crack the champange.  Possibilities:  
1.  Leiberman wins the primary, and receives Lamonts endoresment.  
   1  Means:  Netroots have been able to exert major political pressure on the system, and has defined the debate.  And, in loss, we stay true to the party, unlike Lieberman, and should be given credit for this.

2.Lieberman loses the primary, and runs and wins as an independent.  Maybe more important lession for the DLC crowd.
   2.means: Netroots are strong enough to knock-out a senator who felt he was entitiled to re-election, when he undermined our core values.  Then he leaves the party, despite all the support he received from the party over decades.  Conventional pols should be working with us, not plotting in their smoke filled rooms.  

3.Lamont wins both.  Nuff said.

Either way, the influence of the netroots is not just an annoyance, but rather a major political force.

As promised in January, I am mobilizing family and friends in connecticut to vote in the primary.  I used to do this alot, so they are used to this from me.  These are people who are registered Dem, but are not politically active, and do not generally vote in primaries.  I am up to 10 new votes for Lamont, and I expect to bring a total of 20 anti-lieberman voters to the polls by august.  

by Winston Smith 2006-07-04 01:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Hold on one cotton-picking minute...

Hi Skeptic:

Here's a big problem with The DSCC failing to support the Democratic winner. When Nader cost us the White House in 2000, most sensible leftists I knew told the Naderites to work within the Party instead of engaging in self-indulgent 3rd party fantasies. If the offical Democratic Party doesn't allow possible naderites to work within the two party system, what can we tell them the next time? 3rd partyism is to blame for the last 6 years of national disaster, but if it isn't possible for progressives to work within the two parties then progressives have no choice but 3rd partyism. Ironically, such a strategy would be a form of "lesser evilism", the lesser evil being short term disaster, the greater evil being allowing the 2 party system to squelch any progressive influence at all.

your friend
Keith

by keith johnson 2006-07-03 11:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Hold on one cotton-picking minute...

Amen.

In this case, if Lieberman runs as an independent after not getting the nomination - well, he'd be Nader now wouldn't he?

by jkdism 2006-07-03 12:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Hold on one cotton-picking minute...

Yep. And it is kind of funny when you think about it. We all bashed Nader voters for "splitting the vote", and attacked them for it. Then, when a lot of the more liberal hooked into the Dean camapign., there were tons of attacks about "splitting the party". In both cases the insults were followed by "stay in the party and fight for what you think is right".

Now, of course that following all the rules liberals are actually fighting...and winning, the same tired old elites are declaring that even that is "splitting the party".

At this point, can they even say anything in their own defense other than "STFU, vote for us, and donate us some money"?

by ElitistJohn 2006-07-03 12:34PM | 0 recs
i went over to their blog

and left a comment suggesting that they may want to make a statement, and pronto. there's real anger out here, and this post is actually one of the milder ones i've read today, and the day isn't close to being over yet. one thing is clear: a large number of hard core political junkies will walk away in disgust of lieberman the independent gets democratic monies.

by chicago dyke 2006-07-03 11:04AM | 0 recs
Re: TAKE ACTION: Tell the DSCC to Respect CT Voter

I don't know for sure the answer to this.  But, I believe that the DSCC can't support Lieberman without engaging in False Advertising.  For all its fundraising advertisements the DSCC states that its mission is to elect Democrats.  If they oppose Lamont and support Lieberman as an Independent they are acting in direct conflict with what they state they raise money for.  Can I start raising money stating I will give the Money to Lieberman and then give it to Lamont?  Can I raise money stating I will give it to the DSCC and give it the RSCC?  Apparently Schumer thinks so...

by e 2006-07-03 11:06AM | 0 recs
I gave them my two cents...

but that's the last the DSCC will get from me unless I get a response.  Here's my e-mail to them:

I'm stunned to hear that the DSCC might ignore the will of its own voters and support Lieberman's independent bid if Ned Lamont wins the Democratic primary.  As an Illinoisan, I could understand it if Lamont were some LaRouchie who won the nomination on a fluke, but Lamont's views seem more in tune with Connecticut and Democrats, than Lieberman's.
So I want to know on what basis the DSCC would support a Lieberman independent bid.  Is it because he's an incumbent or is it that you find Lamont's positions reprehensible?
In order to continue to support the DSCC, I'd like to know why you might choose to ignore Connecticut's Democratic voters.

by ChgoSteve 2006-07-03 12:37PM | 0 recs
Turning it around

Someone asked in another thread if Lieberman can get away with calling himself a "petitioning Democrat".  If Lamont wins the primary and the DSCC continues to support Lieberman, I think Dean needs to pull the rug out from under Schumer's organization and decertify the DEMOCRATIC Senate Campaign Committee as an organization which is allowed to use the word "Democratic".

It's that simple; the Democratic Party is a party governed by the will of its party members; there should be no doubt that the August 8 primary will be the deciding factor in who the DSCC and party leadership will support in November.

by Phoenix Rising 2006-07-03 12:38PM | 0 recs
Worst case scenario

We are all forgetting one more dire possibility.  Should Lieberman win as an independent should he keep his seniority on the committees? I would say no.  If we don't take back the Senate, we really won't need him (he votes with the GOP around 60% of the time). If we retake the senate out right we still don't need him.  By going independent, he becomes irrelevant.  The only way we need him is as I said is in a worst case scenario.  I'd bet Lieberman is hoping if he wins as an independent he get to keep his scenario or threatens to caucus with the GOP.  Well, that only works if we end up with an even 50 seats and the GOP has 49. Gee, look who is the driver's seat. Now Lieberman is the most important Senator in the country and will get what ever he wants because we need him more than he need us.  In this crazy world of polarized politics, this is a very real possibility.

by likesun 2006-07-03 04:17PM | 0 recs

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