Joe Lieberman (R-CT) had this to say today:
“If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England,” Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event in Waterbury, Conn. “It will strengthen them, and they will strike again.” (Story.)
Because Iraq = al Qaeda. I have to tell you, the deftness of the cynical rhetorical misdirection here is remarkable. I’m not sure Karl Rove could have framed it any better.
Proving that he’s no slouch as an ad homineer, Lamont replied:
“Wow,” Mr. Lamont said, after twice asking a reporter to read Mr. Lieberman’s remark about him. “That comment sounds an awful lot like Vice President Cheney’s comment on Wednesday. Both of them believe our invasion of Iraq has a lot to do with 9/11. That’s a false premise.”
He’s right as rain, of course.
I’m not sure how the general election will shape up for Lamont, but the good news is that his campaign should be primed, having already weathered the challenge from one powerful GOP opponent…