"We Don't Know This Sen. Joe"

A Connecticut newspaper walks back its 2006 endorsement of Sen. Joe Lieberman.

By Salon Staff
Published March 24, 2008 2:56PM (EDT)

There are more than a few people who've been upset by Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman's continued march rightward. Apparently, that number includes at least one newspaper that in November of 2006 endorsed Lieberman over Democratic primary winner Ned Lamont.

In an editorial Sunday, the New London Day walked back its endorsement of Lieberman, who has been very publicly backing Republican John McCain for the presidency. In the editorial, the paper said:

When The Day endorsed Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman for re-election in November 2006 it was supporting a candidate who demonstrated a history of pragmatic leadership and a willingness to seek bipartisan solutions.

We wonder what happened to that senator ...

While Sen. Lieberman remains experienced, he is no longer even-handedly principled ...

Rather than building the bridges The Day expected when it endorsed Sen. Lieberman, he appears busy burning bridges with the party of which he is allegedly still a member. Perhaps the senator is positioning himself for a top cabinet post in a McCain presidency. But if the Democrats prevail, and enlarge their control of the Senate, it is hard to imagine this Connecticut senator being welcomed back with open arms.

Salon Staff

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