(Unlike Lieberman spokesguy Dan Gerstein, I will admit my mistakes BEFORE everyone in the entire free world points them out to me!)
Does anybody know the name of the candidate who is running for Senate in the "Connecticut For Lieberman" Party?
Here's a hint: he loves getting lingering hugs and quick, wet kisses from Republicans.
(...and I'd like to apologize for that intense mental image.)
I'm speaking of Joe Lieberman, of course.
What I want to know is...why the HELL are people calling him an Independent?
The Independent Party in Connecticut already HAS a candidate in the Senate race. His name is John Mertens. He's a tenured Associate Professor at Trinity College. He is also, from what I gathered from his website, a nice guy and an earnest candidate.
But what counts is that John Mertens is the endorsed candidate of the Independent Party in CT. That much is clear.
So why does nearly every news source repeat the fiction that Joe Lieberman is an Independent candidate? The fact is, John Mertens is the ONLY Independent candidate in this race!
Why don't they represent Lieberman as the candidate from the "Connecticut For Lieberman" Party?
Take a look at these examples - this first image is the banner of the "Independent Party of Connecticut":
This next image is what Joe Lieberman's "Connecticut For Lieberman Party" banner would look like if their staff had a sense of humor:
Here's a prime example of this misrepresentation. The Zogby International poll has recently been calling Connecticut voters and asking this question among others:
"If the election for Senate were held today and the candidates were Democrat Ned Lamont, Republican Alan Schlesinger, Independent Joe Lieberman, Green Party Ralph Ferrucci, and Independent Party John Mertens, for whom would you vote?"Zogby names every single candidate and their party accurately EXCEPT Lieberman's. Why is that?
This misrepresentation that Zogby and others continue to perpetrate seems to call their motives into question. Is there a reason that certain organizations won't use the proper name "Connecticut For Lieberman" when referring to Joe's desperate campaign to stay in office?