Political Wire has learned that key allies of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are making contingency plans for the three-term senator to run as an independent in this fall's U.S. Senate race in Connecticut. Lieberman faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from businessman Ned Lamont.
In fact, an important Lieberman backer, former Connecticut Democratic chairman John F. Droney Jr., is quoted by the Hartford Courant as a supporter of the plan: "I think to be terrorized through the summer by an extremely small group of the Democratic Party, much less the voting population, is total insanity for a person who is a three-term senator."
Wrong, Mr. Droney, Jr. For Lieberman to have a primary challenge is evidence that democracy is working. Lieberman no longer represents a good 30% of his constituents, at least (judging from the votes he got at the convention), which is not an extremely small group. And that 30% is going to grow as Lieberman's arrogance, his overwhelming sense that he is entitled to his job as Senator, comes out.