Report: Lieberman to announce retirement tomorrow

posted at 4:27 pm on January 18, 2011 by Allahpundit

The Joementum’s been steadily slowing since Gore put him on the ticket and now he’s all but unelectable even in a deep blue state. No official word yet on his plans, but this site claims to have heard through the grapevine that he’s bowing out tomorrow and Politico’s now hearing the same.

Look at it this way: When he speaks at the next Republican convention in 2012, he won’t have to hold back.

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman — deeply unpopular with voters in his home state — is unlikely to seek reelection, a knowledgeable source tells POLITICO ahead of the senator’s announcement on Wednesday…

“After many thoughtful conversations with family and friends over the last several months, Sen. Lieberman made a decision about his future over the holidays which he plans to announce on Wednesday,” said Erika Masonhall, a Lieberman spokeswoman who declined to comment further…

Lieberman’s announcement comes on the heels of Tuesday’s declaration by Susan Bysiewicz, the former Connecticut secretary of state, that she plans to enter the 2012 Democratic primary field for Lieberman’s Senate seat. Rep. Chris Murphy also has expressed interest in the Democratic primary…

A Public Policy Polling survey conducted in late October put Lieberman’s approval rating among Connecticut voters at 33 percent.

PPP has a new post out revisiting its October numbers in light of this afternoon’s news. In 2006 he won with a majority of independents and massive support from Republicans. His standing among both groups has collapsed as foreign policy has faded as an issue, and with Linda McMahon possibly ready to jump in again and tea partiers eager to galvanize conservatives behind one of their own, there’s really no way to rebuild it. Essentially, he’d have to win a true three-way race, Murkowski-style, instead of the de facto two-man general election that took place between him and Ned Lamont four years ago. With his approval rating at 33 percent and the Democratic nominee likely to be a mainstream pol who’s acceptable to most of the state’s voters, he’d probably end up squeezed out in the general a la Crist than an upset winner a la Murky. In fact, the only real reason to run would be to siphon off votes from the Democrat and thereby tilt the race to the GOP. Which, given the endless bitterness between Liebs and the left, isn’t quite as far-fetched as it should be.

That makes two Democratic retirements in the span of about six hours. Unlike Conrad’s, this one almost certainly won’t end with a GOP pick-up, but having Lieberman in the Senate for the next two years and more unconcerned than ever with pleasing progressives means he could end up flipping our way on some key votes. Joementum! Meanwhile, with retirement questions are swirling on the Republican side too, Lugar reiterated today that he’s running and Hatch continues to talk tough despite coming in third in a hypothetical three-way race in Utah. (Huntsman leads with 48 percent, with Jason Chaffetz a distant second and then Hatch third.) Remember, per what happened to Bob Bennett last year, that only the top two finishers in Utah’s Republican caucus advance to a primary. If Huntsman and Chaffetz jumped in and these numbers held, Hatch would be gone as quickly as Bennett was.

Exit question: What’s the next Democratic shoe to drop? Smart money’s on Ben Nelson!


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saw the headline and got all happy.

but it’s the wrong Lieberman in the wrong country.

audiculous on January 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I would think any HotAir reader who loves Sarah Palin or Joseph Lieberman would think highly of Avigdor.

Avigdor is hated by leftists for simply trying to deal with the Muslims in a honest way. We need leaders like him in America, not people who cover up for Muslims like George W Bush and Obama.

thuja on January 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

“What do they know that we don’t?”

Skandia Recluse on January 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

That’s what I am wondering…

wi farmgirl on January 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

What’s the next Democratic shoe to drop?

C’mon, Jim Webb kick off your shoes! It’s time you threw your shoe into the ring.

tims472 on January 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I would think any HotAir reader who loves Sarah Palin or Joseph Lieberman would think highly of Avigdor.

Avigdor is hated by leftists for simply trying to deal with the Muslims in a honest way. We need leaders like him in America, not people who cover up for Muslims like George W Bush and Obama.

thuja

we had a guy around here, name of Kahane, who was a lot like the Soviet Union Lieberman.

audiculous on January 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Here is the link to the Senate.gov list of Senators in Class 1, which means they are up for re-election in 2012:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?Class=1

Please find out who is running against these incumbents in your state and keep us informed!

wren on January 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Linda has a very good shot winning if he retires. Remember, she ran against the most popular democrat in the entire state for Senator. Not a single Dem can match Blumenthal’s popularity here.

Johnnyreb on January 18, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Joe Lieberman was the first U.S. Senator that I met who was not from Texas. And, of all things, he was a liberal and a Yankee and from Connecticut, a place so removed from my Southern and Texas roots. I knew immediately I would not like this man.

But, as I soon found out, you could not dislike him. Charming, pleasant, and courteous, in a Southern way, and not arrogant at all as even I found some of my own Texas Senators to be over the years. A liberal, yes, but a thoughtful one who you could actual influence in a good way from time to time.

And, knowing what wild things are out there likely to replace him, indeed he will be sorely missed. ✪

TXUS on January 18, 2011 at 6:55 PM

DLTDHYAOTWO

cableguy615 on January 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

The funniest thing about Joe Lieberman is how he repeatedly kicked the Kos kid’s asses.

They put so much effort into beating Lieberman, and they failed over and over.

Moesart on January 18, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Palin/Lieberman? <:) Ducks! As heads explode!

dhunter on January 18, 2011 at 7:38 PM

The ACU had him to the left of Teddy hic! Kennedy, voting-wise.

Remember during the Sore/Loserman campaign he said that those opposed to Medicare were breaking the commandment to honor their parents?

Good riddance.

Akzed on January 18, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I’m just glad to see some of these guys retiring like normal people – you’ve worked a bunch of years, you’ve reached a certain age, you’ve earned enough pension, time to get out while the gettin’s good. What is it with these pols running into their 70s, 80s, and 90s? Go home and let’s bring in some fresh blood.

PatMac on January 18, 2011 at 8:08 PM

He was a democrat, what democrats should be, liberal in social issues, liberal in some other issues, but a strong supporter of America, business, military.
Yes he was a Democrat, but an honorable one…Greta van Sustern is similar, Tammy Bruce was (and still is really a classic Democrat).
I don’t mind them, the keep you sharp, make sure you have the facts, they honorably challenge you…unlike the creeps who call themselves democrats or progressives.

right2bright on January 18, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Linda has a very good shot winning if he retires. Remember, she ran against the most popular democrat in the entire state for Senator. Not a single Dem can match Blumenthal’s popularity here.

Johnnyreb on January 18, 2011 at 6:48 PM

That is, without a doubt, the saddest commentary I have read regarding the voters of the puny State of Delaware.

BigAlSouth on January 18, 2011 at 8:16 PM

And there goes one of the last Democrats – if not the last one right now – who aren’t flaming moonbats.

He was what a ‘liberal’ used to be: social issues and a few other things, but strongly supporting America. Modern-day liberals aren’t fit to shine his shoes.

Dark-Star on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I don’t blame him, he is a nice man and there is no place in the new progressive left for a fair man. The way he and his wife were blackmailed in the healthcare fight was a disgrace.
I hope he gets his revenge in the next two years and votes with the Republicans.

concernedsenior on January 18, 2011 at 10:44 PM

BigAlSouth on January 18, 2011 at 8:16 PM

?

Gohawgs on January 18, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Huntsman leads with 48 percent…

Huntsman is semi liberal on some issues. Mike Lee is much more conservative than Bennett (who he just replaced) and Hatch so Huntsman might not be an upgrade from Hatch. People might be confusing Huntsman for his amazing father. I prefer the son in China as ambassador, doing an excellent job there I might add.

Chaffetz might be good, but I worry he’s a little eccentric sometimes.

scotash on January 19, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Funniest comment about this I have seen? That Joe will go back to his previous job, as the Dad on “ALF”.

Del Dolemonte on January 19, 2011 at 10:48 AM

It’s a shame to see old Joe go. He was a liberal on most issues, and totally clueless on Global Warming, but his unwavering support for Israel led him to be a foreign-policy hawk, for which he deserves credit.

Susan Bysiewicz would be an absolute disaster as a Senator. Every time she wins a statewide job, she starts looking for a promotion! As Secretary of State, she tried to run for Attorney General (to replace Blumenthal, who won the Senate seat this year), but was barred from running by a court for lack of legal experience. But how many times has she been on the radio telling people to get out and vote (for me! for me!), and she was out there “declaring” Dan Malloy (D) the winner in the (close) Governor’s race before all the votes were counted, when Tom Foley (R) still had more votes ! And with all that confusion about Bridgeport not getting enough ballots and keeping polling places open two hours later than everywhere else in the state, does anyone smell a ‘rat here?

As for Linda McMahon running for the “other” Senate seat, maybe there are better candidates out there! McMahon lost in 2010 by 10%, whereas Foley lost the Governor’s race by only 0.3%. Foley might be a stronger candidate for Senate in 2012, since there will not be a Governor’s race that year, and some of Foley’s voters from 2010 might blame his loss on Bysiewicz, who would be a weaker candidate than Blumenthal.

In addition, CT has had Republican Governors for 16 years, who have been able to contain excessive spending by vetoing bills coming from the Democrat-controlled Legislature. If the new Governor Malloy (D) opens the tax-and-spend floodgates, voters might start missing former Governor Jodi Rell (R), who remains popular in the state and would have a better chance against Bysiewicz than McMahon would.

Steve Z on January 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM

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