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Dear Sen. Lieberman, Buh bye! And Let the door hit you on the way out! Sincerely, Kos

by: Larkspur

Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:59:12 AM EST

Something we CT Dems can give thanks to this Thanksgiving...

Buh bye, Joe. Let the door hit you on the way out!

Perhaps no one could claim credit for Senator Joseph I. Lieberman's decision not to seek a fifth term more than Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the liberal blog Daily Kos.

The article was wrong because it was Ned Lamont who ran against Lieberman and booted him from the Democratic Party. He deserves the bulk of the credit. It takes a lot to put yourself out there as a candidate and take the lumps of a harsh campaign. Not to mention he spent a fair amount of his own cash doing so.

Furthermore, local Connecticut activists worked tirelessly on the ground. Anyone doing organizing and GOTV is doing far more work than I ever will behind a keyboard. I mean, remember ctkeith's "The Kiss" float?

Finally, Chris Murphy's early Senate announcement told Lieberman the gig was up. We had a hard time finding a primary challenger in 2006. This time around, Lieberman knew he would face top-tier competition powered by a fierce and unified grassroots-netroots campaign.

That said, getting rid of Joe Lieberman was my pet project, the one thing I wanted to accomplish before I died. I was conflicted when he decided to retire early last year-on the one hand, I wanted the voters of Connecticut to forcefully retire him at the ballot box. I wanted him out as a loser. On the other hand, it was gratifying to see him give a concession speech two years before his term had expired. And with his retirement announcement delivered, all his relevance was gone. We heard very little about Lieberman for the last two years. And that was delicious.

Not only did we Progressives get rid of Lieberman, we helped elect more progressive Senate Democrats and hopefully they'll use the momentum from the election to make the Tea Baggers pay for any obstructionism they may try.
Larkspur :: Dear Sen. Lieberman, Buh bye! And Let the door hit you on the way out! Sincerely, Kos
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