Turn­coat?

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

We’d writ­ten about Pres­i­dent Bush be­ing per­son­ally dis­ap­pointed by Sen. Joe Lieber­man’s loss on Aug. 8 in the Con­necti­cut Demo­cratic pri­mary.

The ques­tion now is whether Mr. Bush will go so far as to throw his sup­port be­hind Mr. Lieber­man — who has sub­se­quently filed to seek re-elec­tion as an in­de­pen­dent — and shun the al­ready strug­gling Repub­li­can can­di­date, Alan Schlesinger?

“The pres­i­dent sup­ports the demo­cratic process in the state of Con­necti­cut, and wishes them a suc­cess­ful elec­tion in Novem­ber,” White House spokesman Tony Snow replied when pressed on that ques­tion on Aug. 14.

“Wait a minute,” a re­porter protested. “I re­al­ize he sup­ports democ­racy, but I’m won­der­ing, does he ac­tu­ally sup­port his own party’s can­di­date?”

“I don’t know,” Mr. Snow hon­estly an­swered, re­fer­ring fol­lowup ques­tions to the White House po­lit­i­cal of­fice.

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