If, in 2000, Joe Lieberman had loved his party more than he loved himself and the trappings of power, he would not have insisted on running for the Senate as well as the Vice-Presidency. This self-serving behavior risked the appointment of a Republican to replace him.
If Joe Lieberman loved his party more than he loves himself and the trappings of power, he would not insist as running as an independent in the November general election.
This selfish behavior has surely relieved any of his Democratic friends in the Senate or the House from the obligation of providing him with support in November.
His actions contribute to the disaffection we feel for politicians of all stripes. It is a pity when he could have demonstrated his commitment to the party by acquiescing in its decision and fighting hard for Lamont's victory. That is what Democrats expect.