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Justin Rood debriefs the LieberWebHeads on just what their story is about what happened to the site. And well ...

So Karl Rove puts in a courtesy call to Joe Lieberman. And tonight RNC Chair Ken Mehlman is refusing to endorse the GOP nominee in the race, politician-cum-casino denizen, Alan Schlesinger. Does this mean Joe is now the de facto Republican in the race?

I found this clip on Atrios's site from this morning's Today Show ...

LAUER: Senator, is there any phone call you could receive? Is there anyone in the Democratic Party who could call you today and ask you to drop out that you would listen to?

LIEBERMAN: Respectfully, no. I am committed to this campaign, to a different kind of politics, to bringing the Democratic Party back from Ned Lamont, Maxine Waters to the mainstream, and for doing something for the people of Connecticut. That's what this is all about: which one of us, Lamont or me, can do more for the future of our people here in Connecticut. And on that basis, I'm going forward with confidence, purpose and some real optimism.

Maxine Waters isn't really my kind of Democrat. But then, if I understand what's happened in the last 36 hours, Joe Lieberman isn't a Democrat at all anymore.

But more to the point. This isn't just inaccurate, it's pathetic. I'ts a like a mini-version of the Iraq War or the War on Terror. You're either with Joe or you're with the extremists. Apparently half of Connecticut Democrats are outside the mainstream.

This is really the attitude that got poor Joe into this bind.

The mainstream is Joe Lieberman, along with possibly Sean Hannity and Bill Kristol. If you disagree with Joe Lieberman, a disagreement about policy is the least of it. It's a major existential crisis for the Democratic party which risks conquest by unreconstructed leftists, extremists and miscellaneous other freaks.

The idea that Ned Lamont is 'outside the mainstream' on any issue I'm aware of is laughable.

As a matter of civics, if Joe Lieberman wants to run as an independent, good for him. If 51% of Connecticut voters want to vote for him, that's democracy. As a Democrat, he should get out of the race now. And every Democrat should tell him to.

If he wants to run as an independent he should and could go to Connecticut voters and say, "A lot of people in my own party disagree with me on this or that issue. But I've served all of Connecticut's citizens for 18 years. And I still think I can be the best senator. So vote for me."

I wouldn't agree with that. But I could respect it.

But he's not. It's all about him and stabbing his own party in the back while he disingenuously pleads that he's trying to save it. He can't admit or realize or get his head around the idea that his denial about Iraq and his obliviousness to his own constituents got him into this mess.

In the end, he just won't come clean. Forget about being a Democrat. Just be a man. It's time.

So Lamont won. But it was pretty close. The final spread was 52% to 48%. Actually a hair's breadth less than 52%.

And that makes me think back to Joe Lieberman's disastrous and highly revealing decision to hedge his bets by running in the Democratic primary and opting to run as an independent if he didn't win the primary.

Given the narrow margin, what do you think would have happened yesterday if Lieberman would have made a bold and clear decision to fight for the support of and abide by the decision of Connecticut Democrats?

Weinmann Case Update: A Navy official has now told the Navy Times that the country in question is "definitely not Israel."

See this earlier post for the details of the case I'm referencing.

Late Update: Late reports are pointing to Russia as the country in question.

Pollard redux?

A Navy Petty Officer, Ariel J. Weinmann, is being held in the brig at Norfolk Navy base and will likely be charged with stealing a laptop with classified info on it and giving that info to a foreign government. That much is reported today in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. The Pilot earlier reported that Weinman was arrested March 26th.

The Jerusalem Post reports today that the Saudi paper Al-Watan is claiming that the foreign country is Israel. As near as I can tell, this is the first and so far only report making this connection.

Certainly not great timing, if the Watan story is accurate. And if it's true and the charges are proven, by all means, lock the traitor up and throw the book at him.

Reid and Schumer on Lamont ...

“The Democratic voters of Connecticut have spoken and chosen Ned Lamont as their nominee. Both we and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fully support Mr. Lamont’s candidacy. Congratulations to Ned on his victory and on a race well run.

“Joe Lieberman has been an effective Democratic Senator for Connecticut and for America. But the perception was that he was too close to George Bush and this election was, in many respects, a referendum on the President more than anything else. The results bode well for Democratic victories in November and our efforts to take the country in a new direction.”