This primary is turning into a political drama.
The twists, the turns...
It's been the subject of whispered conversations among top Republican officials for the past month. Now, U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-4th District, has let slip the secret: GOP officials have discussed cross-endorsing Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman this fall.
In an interview today with the editorial board of The Advocate of Stamford, Shays said he intends to vote for Lieberman and is encouraging a Republican endorsement of the three-term senator.
The remark was not immediately reported by The Advocate, but it set off a flurry of calls among Republicans who have been gauging support for the idea among GOP candidates, including Gov. M. Jodi Rell and U.S. Reps. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, and Nancy L. Johnson, R-5th District.
One GOP operative who was aware of the discussions said premature public disclosure of the possible cross-endorsement probably would kill the idea. That seems to be case.
Republicans (including the most popular governor) are joining forces with a Democrat who is very popular among moderates (which makes up a good portion of the State).
Hmmm...it doesn't looks like Lieberman isn't waiting for Lamont to announce his intentions, skipping the small chess moves, and is trying to win this primary before it starts.
With welcoming Lieberman with open arms, could this be the Republicans best card to defeating the Democrats in the 2nd 4th and 5th district. Lets say Lieberman loses the primary, wouldn't you think the Republicans would latch onto him if he runs as an independent (and I don't care what anyone says, if Lieberman loses the primary, you can bet that he'll find a way to be on the ticket).
Did you catch the front page photo-op and article that ran in the Danbury News Times. You know, the fifth largest city in the state that has a re-elected mayor who is trying to crack down on illegal immigration (a topic that’s important to conservatives who would vote for Lieberman).
Oh, I could see myself taking the picture with Johnson, Shays, Simmons, Rell, and Lieberman holding hands. Hell, maybe Simmons and Lieberman will embrace each other. I’ll make sure I’ll bring my camera for that moment (maybe I'll get 20,000 hit from kos linking to my site again.
What does this mean to voters seeing that it's only the end of Feburary and the general elecion is not until November...possibly nothing. But hey, it makes for great news and it gives everyone something to talk about (check here, here, here and here).