Congratulations to Joe Lieberman, for showing us all what a schmuck he is.
I am now open for taking symbolic wagers betting that Joe bows out of his Senate run within the week. No money, please; as I already have far more than I can ever possibly spend. But if anyone wants to put their reputation on the line, I’ll take that bet. I’m not suggesting this is a sure-thing, but odds certainly do favor him dropping out. And if he’s going to do it, it’ll be soon.
The only thing against is that, if Joe wasn’t such a schmuck that he’d know not to do this, he wouldn’t be in this position to begin with. Not only would he never have started this independent run, but it’s likely that he wouldn’t have lost. But I think that Joe’s going to be pressured to stop this and that he’ll wake-up and realize that this wasn’t all a dream and that he’s going down in flames. Tough guy talk is all fine and dandy, but as we’ve seen in Iraq, it really can’t compete with reality.
It is entirely unlikely that Joe can win an independent run, and the worst thing that can happen for him is that he helps hand the seat to the Republicans. Conventional Wisdom wanted to blame Lamont for that possibility before the primary, but now, everyone will see that as entirely Joe’s fault. And a second loss to Lamont would also serve to grant him pariah status. So in either case, anything short of a win in November will effectively end his political career. And even a win in November won’t return him to his prior position as head GOP-appeaser.
No matter what happens, Joe is damaged goods and his best option is to allow the Democratic Party to bribe him to drop out (I don’t mean with cash, btw). That is his only good option, and I’m willing to put my reputation on the line saying that he’ll take it. Sure, Joe’s acted like a schmuck. But the implications of yesterday’s defeat are likely to be too great for even Joe to ignore. He’s not a dumb man. He just fell victim to Presidential Fever and acted under the delusions that we somehow wanted him for the top job.