But this alliance has been met not with chagrin, but with something approximating glee, by liberal activists who have vilified Lieberman for his pro-war stance — and whose support boosted upstart challenger Ned Lamont, whose victory in the 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate primary forced the incumbent to achieve re-election as a third-party candidate.
Anti-war groups contend that Lieberman’s close identification with President George W. Bush’s Iraq policies is not an asset in Maine, a Democratic-leaning state where both Bush and the war are mostly unpopular. And they contend that his endorsement could be more a burden than a boon for Collins, who has been portrayed by these groups as inconsistent about the war.
While Collins has publicly stated she opposes Bush’s decision to increase U.S. troop levels in Iraq this year, she has stuck with the administration so far on the most pivotal Senate votes, including her opposition to Democratic-crafted measures that would create a timeline for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
MoveOn.org, a major liberal group, has responded to Lieberman’s intervention in Maine by aligning closely with Allen.
In retrospect, this was a no-brainer. If the Left couldn't claim Lieberman's scalp, they'll probably try to kill anyone close to him -- metaphorically speaking, of course. Kinda reminds me of...
Nah, that's over the top. Great scene though.