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Connecticut Paper Hits Joe Lieberman -- Sorry for Endorsement?

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Connecticut Paper Hits Joe Lieberman -- Sorry for Endorsement?

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When he ran for re-election in 2006, Sen. Joe Lieberman on Connecticut was defeated in the Democratic primary by a little-known antiwar candidate, Ned Lamont. So he ran as an independent, and won in a three-way race.

Since then he has embraced President Bush's stand on Iraq and seems intent on being John McCain's running mate, or at least chief adviser.

This was too much for The Day newspaper, which carried an apologetic editorial today noting that it had backed Lieberman then but thought "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.

"Sen. Lieberman's open-ended commitment to military involvement in Iraq comes as no surprise. The senator made it clear when running for re-election that was his position. Sen. Lieberman wants the United States military to remain in Iraq until the war is won, whatever that means. It conflicts with this newspaper's position that the time has come for a gradual withdrawal of U.S. forces.

"Despite that difference of opinion, The Day editorially backed the senator because of his experience, his willingness to put principle above politics, as demonstrated by his condemnation of former President Clinton following the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and his even-handed political approach.

"But while Sen. Lieberman remains experienced, he is no longer even-handedly principled. …

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