What would Lieberman loss mean to Democratic Party?

It’s looking as if Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., will lose his re-election bid Tuesday. Lieberman has been beaten up for being too chummy with President Bush and for supporting the war in Iraq. But Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote in The Washington Post that the real issue is that Lieberman is too honest.
Unlike the other 28 Democratic senators who voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq, "Lieberman stands condemned because he didn’t recant," Kagan wrote. "He didn’t say he was wrong. He didn’t turn on his former allies and condemn them. He didn’t claim to be the victim of a hoax. He didn’t try to pretend that he never supported the war in the first place."
Meanwhile, there is a lot of speculation about what a Lieberman loss might mean for the Democratic Party and for the next presidential campaign. Here are two possible ramifications, per a Washington Post article: "One may be to signal immediate problems for Bush and the Republicans in November, but another could be to push Democrats into a more partisan, antiwar posture, a prospect that is already adding powerful new fuel to a four-year-long intraparty debate over Iraq."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee