Joe Lieberman is lining up institutional support in Connecticut in order to head off the surging candidacy of Ned Lamont. This was to be expected. Lamont is an outsider and Lieberman has a lot of friends within the party. I don't object to this.
What I do object to, however, is the early pigeonholing of Lamont as "the anti-war" candidate. In the linked story, Sen. Christopher Dodd, the other Connecticut Senator, adds weight to this:
"You need to have more of a case to make than a disagreement on one issue to justify the kind of effort, expense and cost to divide a candidacy and party," Dodd said. "I don't think that makes a lot off sense."
The purpose here is clear: paint Lamont as a one-issue candidate who is just another anti-war crank. It's possible that this is just conventional wisdom rearing its ugly head again. But I doubt it.
In either case, Lamont needs to make a concerted effort to show that Iraq is just one line item in the argument against Lieberman. If he doesn't address this soon then his campaign will be doomed to failure.