I just wrote about Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) throwing in the towel for 2012. Here’s a third, and certain not to be the last.
NYT City Room – Senator Joseph I. Lieberman will announce on Wednesday that he will not seek a fifth term, according to a person he told of his decision. Mr. Lieberman, whose term is up in 2012, chose to retire rather than risk being defeated, said the person, who spoke to the senator on Tuesday. … A longtime Democrat who lost a bitter primary battle to Ned Lamont in 2006, Mr. Lieberman won re-election as an independent that year, largely benefiting from a weak showing by the Republican candidate, who received less than 10 percent of the vote. But Linda McMahon, the wealthy pro-wrestling tycoon who spent $50 million on an unsuccessful Senate race last year, has already signaled she may run again in 2012. … On Tuesday, the state’s former Democratic secretary of state, Susan Bysiewicz, announced on her Facebook page that she intended to run for Senate next year. A person close to Representative Christopher Murphy, a three-term Democrat from Connecticut, said he was considering a run for Mr. Lieberman’s Senate seat and would announce his intentions in the coming weeks.
Joe wasn’t a bad guy, for a Democrat; in fact, he had the balls to fight and assert his independence when the Democrat Party lurched another light year to the left. The supposed “blue dog” and/or “pro-choice” Democrats who were all too happy to fall in line behind Pelosi and Reid and back Obama’s attempt to make us over into the fifty-seven Soviet Socialist States of America, but Joe (who’d previously been his party’s Vice Presidential candidate) was the subject of unprecedented hate levels (for a Democrat; it’s business as usual for Republican targets) from the moonbat nutroots establishment. He was quite lucky to win reelection in 2006 anyway (and we all enjoyed thumbing our noses at KOS and the like over that defeat), the odds are strongly against a repeat performance in 2012. Still, it’s too bad he didn’t at least try…
…Which would, of course, have nicely helped to split the Democrat vote if the GOP did run a decent candidate/campaign. In any event, I have nothing too harsh to say against a man who let himself be kicked out of the Democrat Party rather than back down on his principled stands in support of Israel and the War on Terror, even if I disagree with him on almost everything else.