The AP reports today that Joe Lieberman has announced his intention to run as an independent if he loses the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont. Given Lieberman’s good standing with both unaffiliated and Republican voters, his chances in a general election are good, assuming he could collect the needed signatures in time to get on the ballot.
This is, of course, Lieberman’s right. He can run on any ticket he wishes, be it Democratic, Republican, Independent, Green, or whatever. I personally hope that he’ll dub an independent run the “Joementum” ticket.
But it also says something about his loyalty to the Democratic Party, and while state parties are different, a comparison with the Bonifaz-Galvin race is instructive. John Bonifaz has been attacked by both his opponent and the state party chair for possible past registration with the Green-Rainbow party. How can anyone vote for someone so disloyal to the party, they ask? But now that Lieberman has publicly declared that he will work to sabotage the Democratic nominee if it’s not him, the denunciations from CT party leaders are strangely absent.
The apparent lesson? Might makes right. If you hold power in the party, you can feel free to cross it. But if you’re an outsider, you’d better keep your disloyal mouth shut.