Friday, October 20, 2006
How Lieberman Could Keep The GOP In Power
A rather short post today, but an important one.
There is more than one race going on in Connecticut that can have a vital impact upon the balance of power in the Senate.
The first, or course, is the battle between Sen. Joe Lieberman, running as an Independent, against the Democratic pick Ned Lamont. According to a poll released today from Quinnipiac University, the Lieberman lead has increased to 17 points.
Equally meaningful, for reasons which I will explain, is incumbent GOP Governor M. Jodi Rell's 26-point lead over her Democratic challenger, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.
Here's where the potential for trouble exists.
Let's say that the Democrats make huge gains in the Senate. Assuming Lieberman wins, it would not be a stretch to see a breakdown of 50-49 either way, with Lieberman as the Independent (Indy Vermont Senator Jeffords is retiring).
Shortly after the election, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld decides that the time is perfect to finally resign and George W. Bush accepts.
Who does Bush pick as the next Defense Secretary? Why Joe Lieberman, of course.
And who replaces Sen. Lieberman as Connecticut Senator? That person gets selected by GOP Governor Pell.
Suddenly, without benefit of an election, the GOP is back in business.
So, why isn't this scenario even getting a spin?