Would Lieberman Endorse Romney?

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THE PLANK APRIL 18, 2008

Would Lieberman Endorse Romney?

In Round III of his dispute with Jon Chait, Jamie writes:

Lieberman won re-election in 2006 with a 10%
margin. The Daily Kos-commissioned poll cuts that margin in half. So
while the difference between Lieberman's 50%-40% share of the
electorate and the poll's 48%-43% sample may fall within
the statistical margin of error, the poll is nonetheless weighted in
favor of Lamont. 

Not
quite. To add to what Jon said earlier, you would expect Connecticut
voters disappointed with Lieberman to say that they voted for Lamont.
This always happens with unpopular incumbents. In no way is the
poll weighted in favor of Lamont--or, rather, we have no evidence that
it is. 

Jamie also adds:

If Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee were the
nominee, Joe Lieberman would not be on the ramparts. He is supporting
McCain because he is his friend--and because he believes him to be the
best candidate.

I'm
confused. Mitt Romney also supports "victory" in Iraq, which according
to Joe Lieberman is the issue that matters above all else. Why wouldn't
Lieberman support Romney if he were the nominee? Surely Jamie is not
arguing that Lieberman is placing friendship ahead of defeat for
America (i.e. only supporting the strong terror warrior who Lieberman
is friend's with).

Finally, Jamie notes:

Obama talks about bipartisanship. And so
I find it ironic that his supporters -- who tout this talk and his
ability to "transcend" this, that, and the other -- would denigrate the
one guy who's actually endorsed someone from the other party.

Where
is the irony? According to this line of argument, Zell Miller is the
ideal of bipartisanship because he's a Democrat who smears other
Democrats and lauds Republicans. Obviously Obama, and his supporters,
are not using this definition of bipartisanship. Perhaps if Obama
called McCain a Marxist that would be the true expression of reaching
across the aisle.

--Isaac Chotiner

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