Weve been beaten up

We’ve been beaten up pretty good around here at TPM for what some perceive as our insufficient levels of enthusiasm for Ned Lamont and of loathing for Joe Lieberman.

I won’t speak for Josh, but my second biggest dread about the November election (the biggest being the GOP retaining both chambers) is that control of the Senate comes down to Lieberman–and he defects to the GOP.

Now you may think that’s because legions of Lamontites–and several personal friends–will have my neck if that happens. And it’s true that I don’t relish the I told you so’s. But the prospect of Joe Lieberman continuing to play a central role in our national politics after what he has said and done in this campaign fills me with a worse dread than simply having been wrong about Joe staying with the Dems.

Here’s Joe’s latest weasel:

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a lifelong Democrat and student of politics, blanked when asked if America would be better off with his party regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

A Democratic victory would immeasurably boost the influence of two Connecticut friends, U.S. Reps. Rosa L. DeLauro and John B. Larson, and provide a counterbalance to the Republican Senate and White House.

“Uh, I haven’t thought about that enough to give an answer,” Lieberman said, as though Democrats’ strong prospects for recapturing the House hadn’t been the fall’s top political story.

He was similarly elusive about the race for governor. Is he voting for John DeStefano Jr., a Democrat and mayor of the city where Lieberman has lived since the 1960s?

“I’m, uh, I’m having,” he stammered, then laughed and said his decision would remain private.

Joe, Joe, Joe . . . more here.

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