I know Chuck Schumer isn't likely to take advice from little old me, but if he decides to support the increasingly-likely independent run from Joe Lieberman he's really going to regret it.
He'll regret it doubly when Joe bolts the party AND loses.
Let's look at the latest Quinnipiac poll, dated June 9:
In possible general election matchups:
...Running as an independent, Lieberman gets 56 percent, to 18 percent for [Ned] Lamont and 8 percent for [Republican challenger Alan] Schlesinger.
And his overall approval-disapproval in Connecticut is 59%-37%. His approval is dropping, but it's still high.
Look, I'm sick of the sanctimonious little twerp, too -- but if he stays in this race, it appears now that he'll win in a landslide.
And, of course, if he does win, it appears he'll still caucus with the Democrats, thus contributing to a possible Senate majority -- which I thought was the point for people like us this year.
Though I guess there's no guarantee he'll stick with the Dems. Schumer, I suppose, is trying to make sure that happens.
I have to tell you I will be furious if this winds up a 50-50 or 51-49 Senate and a newly reelected independent Lieberman decides to tip the balance to the GOP by caucusing with the Republicans. I don't think that will happen, but I'd welcome some assurance that it won't.
In the abstract, of course it would be wonderful to get rid of Lieberman. But it's a safe seat for Democrats when the numbers are what's important, when we're clawing and scratching just to get to 51.
Why did this race become Priority #1 for so many angry progressives?
(Nothing wrong with anger, of course -- but it should be used more effectively than this.)