Who will pay for Joe’s independent campaign? Republicans. Marshall Wittmann doesn’t have that much money.
Who will staff Joe’s independent campaign? Republicans. Every Democrat with any experience is already working on some other campaign, and even the imaginary world-class, currently-unemployed Democratic operative wouldn’t commit career suicide by being seen with Joe.
Who will staff Joe’s GOTV operation? Republicans. The union endorsements expired yesterday.
So, will Joe go full-on Pub or will he read the cards and drop out? I suppose that depends on how entrenched is his sense of entitlement. My bet is that he will justify the first GOP hire as an emergency stopgap thing, plus a little Frist PAC money to keep Gerstein busy. The next hire will be a little easier, and by the fourth or the sixteenth GOP operative the pain will be gone. Or else Joe’s conscience will speak up and he’ll simply pull up stakes and go home. One or the other.
Housekeeping note: For now ‘General Stupidity’ will stand in for stupidity involving Joe Lieberman’s personal political party, Connecticut for Lieberman. Depending on how things turn out that category will either fold into ‘Republican Stupidity’ or else become irrelevant.