Is Joe Lieberman a Retired Man Walking?


Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is up for reelection in two years but doesn’t seem to have any paths to victory. If he ran as a Democrat, he would almost certainly lose in the primary, since most Democratic voters hate him. There’s little chance he could win again as an Independent, as he did in 2006, when the GOP helpfully nominated Alan Schlesinger, a very weak candidate who pulled in only 10 percent of the vote. And it’s unlikely he’d make it through a GOP primary either, as his voting record would easily make him the most liberal Republican in the Senate, something Republican-primary voters typically frown on these days. He may just have to settle for a well-paying gig at a lobbying firm or a corporate board, the poor bastard.

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