MORNING READ

Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) latest efforts to help John McCain are antagonizing bloggers on the left again, to the delight of the conservative blogosphere. Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are ready to unify on one blog, but those on another are still debating Clinton's exit from the race. And with Congress in full swing, conservatives rejoice at the fall of the climate change bill while liberals see hope for yet another congressional race long dominated by Republicans.

Lieberman is leading an effort to stir up grassroots support and possibly take Democratic voters who backed Hillary Clinton away from Barack Obama, notes RedState's Moe Lane, who wonders why Senate Democrats don't strip him of his committee chairmanship. If Lieberman goes for re-election in 2012, he'll get knocked off, writes kos, who is looking forward to the pleasure. Lieberman may be earning points in the GOP veepstakes, but he'll find much resistance from the conservative base for opposing an abortion ban, writes the pro-life Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner.

Though Clinton supporters may be disappointed that their candidate didn't win, it's time for them to coalesce around Obama, who also supports ending the war, finding a new energy policy and increasing healthcare coverage, writes MyDD's pollbuster, a Clinton supporter. There's no need for Obama supporters to get to riled up about Clinton's decision to wait a few days after the last primaries to drop out, as other failed Democratic candidates had waited longer, notes David Greenberg at The Plank. But his colleague, Isaac Chotiner, writes that it was Clinton's combative speech on Tuesday, the night Obama had clinched the nomination, that has irked Obama supporters.

Conservative activists have reason to be happy now that the $6.7 trillion "green boondoggle" is about to die, but they still need to press senators on the fence like John Sununu (R-N.H.) not to support it if it comes to a vote, writes Michelle Malkin. Democrats find more electoral good news in Kansas, where former Rep. Jim Slattery (D) trails Sen. Pat Roberts (R) by just 12 percentage points, a margin that should close once Obama, a son of a Kansan, and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) start campaigning for him, MyDD's Jonathan Singer writes.

And in a bit of lighthearted ridicule about a serious topic, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) hears it from TalkingPointsMemo's Kate Klonick for being fixated on the phrase "panties in a bunch" during a hearing about torture instead of decrying the Geneva Convention violations.

FROM THE BLOGS:
Lieberman: Veep Pack Leader? - Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner
Lieberman: 'Democrat Party' - kos, Daily Kos
The Lamont Thing Keeps Paying Dividends - Moe Lane, RedState
View From A Hillary Supporter - pollbuster, MyDD
Clinton Speech, Continued - Isaac Chotiner, The Plank
Historical Perspective On Clinton's Exit - D. Greenberg, The Plank
Obama Rises In Missouri - kos, Daily Kos
America's 40 Years War At End - Robert McElvaine, Huffington Post
How Obama Presidency Will Devolve - Sean Oxendine, The Next Right
McCain: Surprised I'm Not Being Blown Out - Allahpundit, Hot Air
Obama Caves Under Palestinian Pressure - Soren Dayton, RedState
McCain Campaign's Awkward Speaking Style - Josh Marshall, TPM
How The Right Can Renew Itself Online - Publius, The Next Right
Green Boondoggle Set To Go Down In Flames - Michelle Malkin
Slattery Competitive In Kan. Senate Race - J. Singer, MyDD
Rep. Rohrabacher: 'Panties In A Bunch' - Kate Klonick, TPM

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Obama Moves To Next Phase As Clinton Douses VP Talk - NYT
In D.C., Obama Meets With Clinton - Washington Post
Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps - New York Times
Lieberman under Reid's Protection - The Hill

More in Blog Briefing Room

Voters want change from Obama successor

Read more »