Questions for Obama, Boxer, Biden, Obama, etc
by Matt Stoller, Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 03:58:22 PM EDT
It's rather interesting that Boxer, Salazar, and Biden are going to campaign for Lieberman's primary election. Not a surprise, really, since incumbents tend to support their own in primaries. Let's not forget that Hillary Clinton, who has acted appropriately by both supporting Lieberman and acceding to the will of the voters, is technically supporting Joementum in the primary. Russ Feingold and Hillary Clinton have both done the right thing.
It's quite shocking of course that Salazar is going to support Lieberman. Oh wait, it's not. Salazar is one of those fake centrists who likes to showcase his maverick status by voting for corporate giveaways while tut-tutting fellow Democrats over socially liberal policies. Which makes him, well, Lieberman's base. Salazar, along with Lieberman, just voted for a corporate 'free' trade pact with Oman, a country with some of the worst labor standards in the world. 10 Senators broke with the bulk of the party to pass the legislation, and I imagine that it's these people who are the most likely indy Lieberman supporters.
Who will stand with Salazar and Lieberman, and against Connecticut voters? That's my question.
I bet that Obama, who went to Connecticut to stump for Lieberman, really wishes he didn't have to choose. I imagine it'll be tough for him to go with Lieberman, since Obama's stump speech has as its central plank the importance of voting. But then again, he voted for the Oman trade deal. He's somewhat of a maverick himself.