Joe Lieberman was elected Vice-President of the United States in November of 2000, but was prevented by the Supreme Court from serving. And considering the fact that he received more votes than Dick Cheney in 2000, you might think that he trusts the voters in this country.
But sadly, Lieberman proved today that he doesn't trust the voters in Connecticut.
Lieberman is up for re-election this fall, and has a challenger in the primaries, in the form of Ned Lamont. And he announced today that should he fail to pull off a win against Lamont in the primaries, he intends to petition for a spot on the November general election ballot as an "independent Democrat."
In other words, despite polls that show him with a nice lead over Lamont, Lieberman believes there's a chance he just might lose (maybe his hawkish support of an unpopular, and many believe illegal war, has something to do with that).
And so Lieberman is trying a little CYA.
He doesn't trust the voters to send him on to the general election, and he's determined to put himself on the ballot in November by petitioning as an "independend Democrat."
In other words, Joe Lieberman is no better than the 5 members of the Supreme Court who prevented him from taking office in 2001. He wants to potentially subvert the will of the voters.