March 31, 2006

Obama Endorses Lieberman

Democrat Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois stopped by Hartford last night to endorse Sen. Joe Lieberman for his reelection bid this year. Giving the keynote speech at the party's Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner, Obama publicly threw his support behind the Connecticut Senator who is facing a challenge from the moonbat Left.

"The fact of the matter is, I know some in the party have differences with Joe. I'm going to go ahead and say it," Obama told the 1,700-plus party members who gathered in a ballroom at the Connecticut Convention Center for the $175-per-head fundraiser.

"I am absolutely certain Connecticut is going to have the good sense to send Joe Lieberman back to the U.S. Senate so he can continue to serve on our behalf," he said.

Obama received widespread attention for his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, delivered while he was still a state senator.

Lieberman became Obama's mentor when Obama was sworn into the Senate in 2005. They stayed close at Thursday night's event, too, entering the room together and working the crowd in tandem.

Despite the camaraderie between the two, the crowd was clearly more receptive to Obama's remarks than Lieberman's speech about party unity and the potential for Democratic victories at the ballot box this fall.

In fact, scattered boos greeted Lieberman when he took the podium, and he had to stop three times during his remarks to shush the crowd so he could deliver key points.

Many CT Democrats are teaming up with organizations like MoveOn.org to defeat Lieberman in this year's Democrat primary which is scheduled for August 8. The last Quinnipiac poll, however, indicates that this will be a difficult task. The poll, released February 16th, shows that CT voters give Lieberman a 63% approval rating, up from 62% in January. But, of course, the only poll that matters at this point is the one among Democrat voters. Go figure. In a match-up against challenger Ned Lamont, Lieberman cleans his clock 68%-13%. And 61% of Democrats polled say Lieberman deserves reelection. Ouch. That's worse than even I expected.

Granted, Lamont has zero name recognition right now. It's a long way to August. And then there's the potential financial support of Left-wing 527's. But overcoming a 55 point deficit? Sometime over the next four months the CT Democrats in Hartford are going to have to officially endorse Lieberman. How long will they wait in order to try and appease the moonbats?

Now the big question is: How long will it take the Kos Kids to rip Obama a new one and start calling him a "traitor" and a "Bush butt-boy"? One website is already calling Obama "a serious disappointment to progressives" and that he "just thew away a lot of good will, if you ask me". Pretty darn polite, if you ask me. But as Lamont's quixotic quest becomes more and more unlikely, I wouldn't be surprised to hear the Left taking their vitriolic anger out on Obama.

UPDATE: 11:30am
Nope, didn't take long at all as Mark at Decision '08 notes.

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