Who saw THAT coming about William F. Buckley’s favorite Democrat?
For the past 15 years, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has never spoken publicly about the secret help that he received from Republicans Karl Rove and Elizabeth Dole to help him defeat Democrat Ned Lamont in the contentious 2006 Senate race.
But in a new book and an interview, Lieberman says that Rove, the chief political strategist for then-President George W. Bush, told him that he would do anything possible to help Lieberman against Lamont, an anti-war Democrat at a time when the Iraq War was highly controversial.
Lieberman, now 79, says Rove’s help was crucial in helping him to defeat Lamont in a three-way race in which the Republican candidate, Alan Schlesinger, received less than 10% of the vote.
The fact that Rove had contacted Lieberman at the time was leaked to the press, but the full details had not come out until now.
That book is definitely the opposite of essential reading, although I’m sure Andrew Yang has already ordered copies in bulk to distribute at his speeches.
The two statewide elections of recent decades in which the Republican was clearly superior are Weld/Silber and Weicker/Lieberman.