Senator Joe Lieberman called Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday to tell him he is not running for re-election in 2012. That’s actually good news for Democrats. Although the Independent Lieberman is a member of the Democratic caucus, his decision to retire makes it easier for Democrats to hang on to his Connecticut Senate seat.
If Lieberman had run, he would have almost certainly run as an independent. That would have meant a three-way race, giving Republicans their best – and perhaps only – shot at winning the seat in a state President Obama won in an 22-point landslide in 2008. Now Connecticut Democrats will have a chance to unite behind a single candidate.