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Sunday, July 09, 2006


Oh my, can Joe's campaign ever tell the truth.

LiberalOasis breaks it all down so I don't have to.

A TV ad, with a message approved by Sen. Joe Lieberman, uses a phony Ned Lamont bumper sticker to falsely claim that all Lamont has to say is "No More Joe."

The ad ran today on Hartford's Fox affiliate WTIC-61, during "Fox News Sunday." (It was also shown during C-Span's airing of the Lieberman-Lamont debate.)

The narrator begins the ad with: "In the battle of the bumper stickers, this one has a simple message: 'No More Joe.' But what else does Lamont really have to say?"

A graphic of a "NO MORE JOE" sticker is shown. The second line of the sticker reads: "Ned Lamont * Democrat for U.S. Senate". In the bottom right corner of the sticker is a URL, www.nomorejoe.com.

Problem is: there is no www.nomorejoe.com.

Go to the URL now, all you find is a placehoder page from the domain name registration company Go Daddy.

A search of the WHOIS database finds that the domain name was purchased not around the time Ned Lamont was considering a campaign, but in August 2004, by Paul Bentz of Highground, Inc. Highground is a Republican political consulting firm in Arizona.

Based on this Arizona Sports Fans Network bulletin board thread, it appears that nomorejoe.com was once a website attacking Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was in a GOP primary against Dan Saban that summer.

Highground still owns the domain, though the registration expires next month.

This means two things are possible.

The Lamont campaign is the dumbest campaign in history, making bumper stickers sending people to dead website that they don't own.

Or the Lieberman campaign, desperate to find an attack line against a strong challenger, has to lie and pretend Lamont has nothing positive to say about his own platform.

Team Joementum: running away from the issues that placed Lieberman in this primary mess in the first place.

Watch the video for yourself.