The Note: Faux-mentum?

"Lieberman backers no longer," the Chicago Tribune's Zuckman on some long-time Lieberman supporters looking to the polls and changing their allegiance for the sake of party. LINK

Sen. Lieberman's primary politics: the MoveOn angle:

"MoveOn Hopes to Claim 1st Election Victory," New York Times on the possibility of the netroots' 1st win in its backing of Ned Lamont. LINK

"MoveOn hopes to claim its first victories in 2006 races," the AP. LINK

Sen. Lieberman's primary politics: the ad war:

"Lamont Ads Question Value of Lieberman's Years in Office," Sunday New York Times. LINK

Sen. Lieberman's primary politics: the Eskew-Lamont angle:

"Lieberman Aide and Rival Were Classmates in 1972," Sunday's New York Times with must-see photos of Ned Lamont and Carter Eskew in their 1972 yearbook at Phillips Exeter Academy." LINK

Sen. Lieberman's primary politics: op-eds and editorials:

"Lieberman," Martin Peretz's commentary on the race in today's Wall Street Journal, and the implications of a Lamont win, including a slap at Hillary Clinton:

"The Lamont ascendancy, if that is what it is, means nothing other than that the left is trying, and in places succeeding, to take back the Democratic Party. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters have stumped for Mr. Lamont. As I say, we have been here before. Ned Lamont is Karl Rove's dream come true. If he, and others of his stripe, carry the day, the Democratic party will lose the future, and deservedly." LINK

"The Last Honest Man," Robert Kagan columnized in Sunday's Washington Post that if Lieberman loses it will be because he "refused to choose one of the many dishonorable paths open to him to salvage his political career." LINK

"Democrats' Danse Macabre," The American Spectator on tomorrow's potential "purge" within the Democratic party. LINK

Lieberman's primary politics: Charleston reax:

While attending the NGA annual meeting The Note gathered a sampling of Democratic governors (from Red and Blue states, from the Midwest, Northeast, and the South) responding to Sen. Lieberman's primary battle.

Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) -- who chaired Lieberman's presidential campaign in Virginia and supports him in the primary -- says that he hopes Lieberman won't run as an independent.

"I hope he won't. I hope he won't. It's a team sport," said Gov. Kaine. "And they've supported Joe a long way and he's achieved great things because he's had the backing of the party. At this point to turn and say, 'Well, I don't need you anymore, I'm doing it on my own and I'm going to hurt the party' -- I kind of believe ultimately he won't just because of what I know about him, but we'll see."

Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) didn't go that far on the question of his potential independent bid, but agrees with Gov. Kaine that to say it is just about the war may oversimplify Lieberman's problem.

"I think it is the overall hatred for George Bush that is one piece of it," said Gov. Granholm. "And I do think there is a real depth of animosity toward him and in the apparent closeness that Lieberman represents to that," she added.

On whether or not he should run as an independent, Granholm said, "I think he should do what he thinks is best. I think we need to keep that position as a Democratic position. Whether it is an independent Democrat or a Democrat like Ned Lamont, I think the bottom line is -- I don't want to lose the seat."

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