And the DSCC caves. Just this Sunday, Chuck Schumer said that the DSCC wouldn't speculate on what they'd do if Lieberman ran as an independent. Apparently, he came to his good senses, or most likely, heard an earful from donors, and reversed his position.
From what I've seen, the past few days have seen a shift away from Lieberman among 'regulars'. I can see it in the comment threads here, where former supporters are now talking of the 'Lieberman exception'. The MyDD community is composed of numbers geeks who live for Chris's awesome posts, but it also has a fair share of 'regulars', the people who make the party work. That's what I found out at Yearly Kos, when almost everyone raised their hands when asked if the had worked on a campaign. These are the folks who bleed Democratic blue and want no contention around which Democrat has power, so long as the person has a D next to their name. There are also a fair number who are more ideological, and seek to move the party to a more progressive direction.
I tend to see these groups as complementary, since I don't think Democrats can take power without progressives in charge of the party. Oh sure we can back into control of the House and Senate with a conservative Democratic power base, but that won't hold and that won't be able to move real legislation. That's not a stable state. I also don't really see the pragmatic problem with criticizing Bob Casey, since it's not like I'm going to shift a lot of votes either way on that race. I also tend to think that criticism is good for the party, though it always must be done in good faith. At the same time, I largely agree with and otherwise do respect the views of the regulars, who rightly perceive the extremist threat from the right-wing and believe that the only solution is a Democratic majority, any Democratic majority.
At any rate, this offends a fair number of the 'regulars' in the comment threads, and for that I apologize. It's not my intent. We just have different views on how politics operates. I've seen a lot of damage done by silence, and by the idea that winning can be done in the absense of an engaged party base.
What's interesting is that regardless of where you fit on the 'regular'/'movement' spectrum, Lieberman is now fair game. For the movement people, Lieberman's always been an opponent. For the regulars, Lieberman is now the exception, the Democrat you're allowed to openly diss. I'm seeing this on the comment threads, but it's also confirmed by Chuck Schumer's and Hillary Clinton's recent actions. The fight has moved away from a pro-anti Lieberman argument. That argument is done.
Senator Clinton and Senator Schumer are now openly acceding to the wishes of the party. It is nearly uniform, that through his actions, Lieberman has lost support among even those people who would ordinarily see him as an independent Democrat who gave years of service to the party. It's remarkable to see this happen. Regardless of the outcome of the primary, and to me it seems like Lamont will win, the party is a changed beast.