Rove and Lieberman


Joe Gandelman cites this Washington Times item about funding for Joe Lieberman's primary campaign:

The White House funneled millions of dollars through major Republican Party contributors to Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s primary campaign in a failed effort to ensure the support of the former Democrat for the Bush administration.

A senior GOP source said the money was part of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove's strategy to maintain a Republican majority in the Senate in November. The source said Mr. Rove, together with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, directed leading pro-Bush contributors to donate millions of dollars to Mr. Lieberman's campaign for re-election in Connecticut in an attempt that he would be a "Republican-leaning" senator.

"Joe [Lieberman] took the money but said he would not play ball," the source said. "That doesn't mean that this was a wasted investment."

It's not very Machiavellian in any case. Wouldn't Rove want Lieberman to lose the Democratic primary? Doesn't that help in the general fall campaign attempt to describe the Democrats as pro-terrorist?

(Photo: Bob Falcetti/Getty.)