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WWL: The Decade of Lieberman?
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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12/28/2009
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Is this the "Decade of Joe Lieberman"?

 

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When this decade began, Joe Lieberman was riding high –as one of the most popular politicians in Connecticut history.

Remember 2000? State Democrats swooned as one of their own was tapped to be the Vice Presidential nominee. Lieberman enjoyed a better than 70 percent approval rating and was equally popular among Democrats, independents and Republicans.

He was a national figure - “the conscience of the Senate” – after calling out President Bill Clinton for his transgressions.

But since that high point, it’s been a turbulent ride down the popularity mountain for Lieberman. That same Quinnipiac poll that had nearly 80 percent of Democrats approving of his work back in 2000?

That’s now down to 31 percent – but Republicans still like him every bit as much. Not surprising, after his speech at last year’s GOP convention and his stance against the public health care option.

These actions have prompted grass roots campaigns to punish him, to take away his committee chairmanship, and even to recall him…if that sorta thing was legal in Connecticut.

Today, Where We Live – a look back at the strange decade of Joe Lieberman.

Join the conversation – do you support the Senator? Do you think he’s lost his way.


 
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First, it's all about the lies. Mr. Lieberman promised that he would be a life-long Democrat; then just days after re-election in 2006 he openly suggested that he might switch parties. He told us that he wanted to help elect a Democratic president; then he campaigned harder than anyone to get Republican John McCain elected. He also stated in 2006 that he wanted Democrats to retake Congress; but last year he implicitly endorsed Republican Chris Shays.

One more point about "popularity": Research 2000 has conducted a series of polls in Connecticut asking voters for whom they would vote in a rematch of the three candidates from 2006. In each one Ned Lamont wins, and in the latest conducted last year, he wins by 17 percentage points. It is no surprise, therefore, that Mr. Lamont, just days after declaring his candidacy for governor, was polled within three percentage points of the front-runner Susan Bysiewicz.