Lieberman Triumphant Means A Break For Hillary
The midterm elections provided radical left bloggers with, among many other results, their worst nightmare on Tuesday. They had succeeded, earlier in the campaign year, in helping defeat Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary in Connecticut after viciously attacking him for months. The senator did not go away quietly. He got back into the race as an independent. The radical blogosphere kept up the attack, trying to promote their candidate, the hapless Ned Lamont, into a U.S. senate seat. It didn’t work, and it wasn’t close. With the help of Connecticut Republicans and independents, as well as many Democrats, Lieberman won a huge victory as the Democrats won back control of the Senate by one vote.
That vote is Lieberman’s. He is now de facto the most powerful member of the Senate. That’s because he will keep his promise to organize with the Democrats. But they will have to be very good to him. Whatever chairmanship he wants. Whatever he wants for Connecticut. If that does not happen, he can easily take a few steps in the Senate chamber and give control to the Republicans. No one will be able to complain. He would have kept his promise to vote for the Democrats, but it was his other promise that the voters of his state care most about, i.e., his promise to deliver for Connecticut. The senate Republicans would be glad to give him a chairmanship and whatever he wants for Connecticut. President Bush would be delighted to cooperate.
That’s good news for Hillary Clinton, says James Taranto:
The biggest beneficiary of Mr. Lieberman’s victory, aside from the senator himself, may be the presumed presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton. Had Mr. Lamont won–as he surely would have if Mr. Lieberman had forgone an independent bid–the pressure on her to move left, diminishing her prospects in November 2008, might have proved irresistible. Had she resisted it anyway, Democrats would have been more likely to reject her in favor of a left-wing candidate like Russ Feingold. Mrs. Clinton endorsed Mr. Lamont, but she has to be happy he didn’t prevail.
Hillary can now resist the siren song of the ‘progressives’, and put their ‘all about the winning’ claims to their ultimate test…