The former Senator and Vice-Presidential nominee says the content of the DNC e-mails is not scandalous, but that’s not the point.
“I think they do confirm the suspicion and allegation that Bernie Sanders and his supporters had all along that the Democratic National Committee was not neutral in the race between him and Hillary, but really was for Hillary and that agitates the Sanders people as they come into the convention which is exactly what the Clinton people don’t want to happen,” said Lieberman in an interview from New York Monday.
That agitation was quite evident when Sanders was booed by his supporters when he said that Hillary Clinton must be elected President. Lieberman notes that some polling of Sanders delegates and supporters doesn’t look good for Clinton.
“As many as 40 percent of them right now say they won’t vote for Hillary. Very few of them, five to nine percent say their thinking about voting for Donald Trump. The rest are going to go with third and fourth party candidates. That’s a number that could really affect the outcome of the election. I think Sanders himself tonight is going to try real hard to unify the party and I’m sure there are appeals from the Clinton campaign after the DNC e-mail kerfuffle,” he said.
Lieberman says Clinton’s choice of Senator Tim Kaine as running mate over the weekend indicated she didn’t feel the need to reach out to the Sanders wing of the party. “He’s a good choice on the most important standard you could apply which is that Tim Kaine is capable to be president.”
On the other side, Lieberman says Donald Trump is reaching out with his vice presidential pick, “In that case, Donald Trump did what he felt he needed to do which was to assure the base of the Republican party by choosing one of their own, Governor Pence, that he was sincerely a conservative.”
Lieberman also says there is some suspicion that WikiLeaks is planning to release DNC e-mails this week and that could be a dark cloud over the convention.