Is the Joe Lieberman—Ned Lamont primary really going to end at 8 pm today? Or, if Lamont wins, is Lieberman going to stick to his pledge to run as an independent and keep his Senate seat? It's hard to see either side (especially Lieberman's) in the conflict surviving with brain cells and dignity left intact. From just the last 24 hours:
– Lieberman's camp accuses Lamont's of "hacking" the Joe 2006 website, even though a screenshot of the troubled page shows it suffered a fairly normal traffic overload error.
– Lamont-backing blogs scan Lieberman's schedule and see he has no public events on Monday afternoon, so they do recon in Stamford and try to analyze the contents of a black car flanked by Secret Service agents. Has Hillary Clinton come to stump for Joe? Has Russ Feingold? Actually, it was John Boehner stumping for Rep. Chris Shays. But there were Lieberman signs in the area!
– Bill Kristol, one among many pundits who wonder why Democrats would want to turn out a diehard backer of the super-popular-successful Iraq invasion, lets out this howler: "What drives so many Democrats crazy about Lieberman is not simply his support for the Iraq war. It's that he's unashamedly pro-American."
It's going to stay like this until the polls close, and possibly after. Jeff A. Taylor has the analysis to read as you go about your day and ignore the Connecticut hysteria.