Lieberman Goes on the Attack

Mon Jul. 10, 2006 2:58 PM EDT

Ned Lamont has attracted a lot of attention for scaring incumbent Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary in Connecticut. (Last week, the man who came a Supreme Court decision away from the vice-presidency announced that he will collect enough signatures to appear on the ballot in November even if he loses the primary.) But Slate's John Dickerson was less than impressed with Lamont's performance in the candidates' debate last week: he says the debate revealed Lamont to be more "conduit" than "candidate."

That may be, but Lieberman's response to the Lamont campaign is telling. Accused of being more Republican than Democrat, Lieberman responded this weekend with an accusation of his own: "I am not a Republican! You are a Republican!" (Note: not his exact words.) Lamont may be a political novice—he may not even have any policy ideas beyond withdrawing US troops from Iraq—but a closet Republican? With nonsense like this flying around, and the Democratic primary still a month away, it's going to be an ugly few weeks in Connecticut.

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