Lieberman gets something right
He's only half a donkey (tell us something we didn't know).
Hat tip to GC
What was on President Bush's mind today?
Oh man, team Joementum blows it again. This is getting comical.
Heres a message for John Olsen,The AFL-CIO and every union member in CT:
Joe Lieberman, his staff and his campaign just gave you the Biggest F*#K you anyone who runs as a Democrat can. They think so little of you and the entire Labor Movement that having a union shop make their "Hug Buttons" wasn't important enough to even think about. Your endorsement was the only thing that mattered, not your workers, not your families and not the quality of work union workers guarentee.
PS-Every Dump Joe Bumper sticker and "Kiss Button" has a union Bug. WHY? Because it was that important to us that we made sure of it.
With Iraq and the Middle East going to hell, do you want these guys running the show for another two years (with the assistance of Joe Lieberman)? Let's do what we can and make sure Hannity's best friend gets his pink slip.Quote Of The Day"We're for staying the course in Iraq and the war on terror."-- Senate Maj. Leader Bill Frist on the GOP's '06 nat'l security message, "Hannity and Colmes," FNC, 7/27
In honor of Michael Schiavo's visit to Connecticut, here's Joe Lieberman's view on the Terri Schiavo case (hint: he agreed with the Republicans and the Religious Right).
Is the media finally getting the message and pointing out the obvious...Joe Lieberman's distancing himself from the issues that he had no problem discussing prior to the primary. Maybe the press has finally had enough of Lieberman's refusal to answer questions he doesn't like while happily misleading reporters over Ned Lamont's record.
When Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was speaking to a joint session of Congress this week, was Joe Lieberman trying to change the subject?Is this the same senator who had no problem writing an op-ed criticizing Democrats who opposed the President over the management of the war? Why hasn't the senator jump in front of a camera and praise the President's forgein policy now?
As al-Maliki was about halfway through his speech, Lieberman's staff sent out a press release trumpeting how the Connecticut Democrat had vigorously opposed legislation - in a debate that ended 16 hours earlier - making it harder for pregnant girls to cross state lines to obtain an abortion without parental consent.
Back in the House chamber, Lieberman applauded much of the prime minister's address. But when al-Maliki was finished, and dozens of lawmakers spilled into the halls to talk to the media, Lieberman was nowhere to be seen.
Since January, when it became apparent that Lieberman was likely to face a primary challenge over his support for the war in Iraq, the senator has mentioned Iraq in 11 press releases, op-ed articles or other public statements archived by his office. About half of them expressed support for or confidence in the war effort or the troops.Facing a primary challenge, Lieberman sheepishly runs away from the issues that he had no problem commenting on (to the anger of his fellow Democrats) last year. What's more obvious is Lieberman's desperation as he begs for support from the same Democrats he disagreed with in the previous years.
In the same period of 2005, his office put out 26 statements mentioning Iraq; again, about half supported the war or the troops.
When he has spoken about Iraq this year, his statements have tended to be more measured and reserved than they were last year.
After President Bush's 2006 State of the Union address, for instance, Lieberman spent most of his time criticizing Bush's tax and energy policies.
Though Bush discussed Iraq, Lieberman would not join the chorus of Republican praise for the administration strategy. "We remain a nation at war - at war in Iraq and also at war with Islamist terrorism around the world, and it was important for the president to discuss it with the nation tonight," the senator said.
That was an emphasis quite different from the one Lieberman used in 2005. After that year's address, the senator got quickly to his point: "The president spoke about the importance of completing our mission in Iraq, and I couldn't agree more."
And, Lieberman said, "We're on the road to peace and democracy in Iraq, and we'll reach our goal if we stick to it."
He was similarly enthusiastic last year when he called the Iraqi elections "a new dawn for democracy in Iraq."
"We have reached an important milestone and achieved a new momentum in reaching a goal all Americans should embrace - building a secure, peaceful, democratic Iraq that is no longer a threat to the United States or the international community," he said.
By contrast, the statement his office put out after al-Maliki spoke Wednesday seemed almost downbeat.
"I hope that the Prime Minister takes away from his visit here that the U.S. will continue to back him in his fight to build a stable, secure, democratic and independent Iraq," he said, "but that success in that quest will not depend on us, but on the Iraqis themselves, and he must match his words today with decisive actions when he returns to Iraq."
Gonzales was being subjected to blistering criticism from Democrats for saying in 2002 that some rights of prisoners of war spelled out in the Geneva Conventions were "quaint."And who can forget the ultimate slap in the face to the Democratic Party as a whole...
Lieberman noted how Gonzales' opinion "has been quoted with great derision, laughter, as if it was over the edge." Lieberman was on Gonzales' side. "I think Judge Gonzales was being restrained and diplomatic in using the word `quaint' [for a captor] to offer these benefits," the senator said, referring to things such as the ability of a prisoner to receive musical instruments and access to a canteen to buy soap, tobacco and food.
The senator also angered many in his party by appearing too cozy with the administration over its plans to reform Social Security. Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada was eager to have all 44 Senate Democrats united against privatization.
Lieberman met with Treasury Secretary John Snow for 45 minutes and hosted administration officials at meetings of the bipartisan Senate Centrist Coalition. Leadership staff quietly made calls to Lieberman's staff urging him to stick with the party, and Lieberman soon signed a letter with other Democrats opposing privatization.
In December, Reid and Lieberman were at odds again. Lieberman had angered many Democrats with a Nov. 29 Wall Street Journal article.Lieberman has been able to avoid talking about the issues that got him into this primary challenge choosing instead to change the subject and misleading the press. Hopefully this article is a sign that the press is catching on to Lieberman's tricks and has had enough of his games. One thing is for sure, as long as Americans are dying and the middle east going down the tube, the voters of Connecticut aren't going to be fooled by the senator who last year was the biggest cheerleader for the Bush administration (thus the term, George Bush's favorite Democrat).
"I am disappointed by Democrats who are more focused on how President Bush took America into the war in Iraq almost three years ago," Lieberman wrote, "and Republicans who are more worried about whether the war will bring them down in November's elections, than they are concerned about how we continue the progress in Iraq in the months and years ahead."
"This isn't unique to Joe Lieberman," said Amy Isaacs, national director of Americans for Democratic Action, a liberal advocacy group. "But voters are smart, and usually what ends up happening when you play this game is you energize your enemies and alienate your friends."If you see Lieberman during his tour of the state, make sure to hold him accountable for the statements that he currently refuses to comment on.
Wow, after ignoring the public, desperate Joe Lieberman is pulling out his "bus tour" trick.
Team Joementum's schedule for FridayWe'll let you know if Lieberman's camp makes any sudden changes in their schedule. Since Joe won't release his schedule to the public in advance, we'll do it for him.
10:00AM Pre-tour Press Conference
Lieberman Campaign Headquarters
1800 Silas Dean Highway
Rocky Hill, CT
11:00AM Stop at Lieberman Headquarters
3 Colony Street
Followed by walk down Main Street to the YMCA
12:15 PM Nardelli's Grinder Shop
87 Maple Street
1:15 PM Sweets and Eats
60 North Main Street
2:00 PM Massimino's Pizza
70 Main Street
4:00 PM Stop and Shop
259 Bull Hill Lane
5:00 PM "Bar"
254 Crown Street
in plain sight.
In keeping with her mood and to reflect the world crises she tackles daily, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to play a somber piece of music to her Asian colleagues in Malaysia this week.If she was serious, she would stop worrying about her silly recital and her fashion attire and get some serious work done and help end the violence in the middle east.
"It is not a time that is frivolous. It is a serious time. I will play something that is in accordance with my serious mood," said Rice, who had just attended a conference in Rome aimed at helping resolve the Lebanon crisis.
Just heard that the Stamford Advocate's deadline for submitting letters regarding the primary races is TOMORROW!
Oh man, I almost forgot about this gem of a video.
Probably the proudest Democrat in Connecticut answers the simple question!
I write to request that you please add my name to your list of elected officials who will support the winners of the August Democratic primaries.The citizens of West Hartford should be proud to have a State Rep. like Fleischmann representing them. I've always admired his leadership abilities and his stance on issues such as the Iraq War and women's rights. Hell, there were delegates at the Democratic State Convention who wanted to nominate Rep. Fleischmann for governor before he declined the offer.
As a registered Dem, I have always supported the person who prevails in the primary. And I will certainly be glad to do so again this year. (I am deeply disappointed that U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman is not taking the same approach; his failure to do so undermines our party's democratic process.)
Thank you very much for setting up this list - it's a real public service that you're performing, and I appreciate it.
State Representative, 18th District, West Hartford
In case Lieberman supporters try to misinform the local press again.
The anti-Iraq War challenger in Connecticut's upcoming Democratic primary has issued strong statements backing Israel's military operations in Lebanon, but his campaign boosters are being painted as anti-Israel by supporters of Senator Joseph Lieberman.
Greenwich, Conn., businessman Ned Lamont, who holds a slight lead in the polls over Lieberman, told the Forward that he supports Israel's current operations in Gaza and Lebanon, and that he disagreed with the European Union's declaration that criticized Israel's actions as a "disproportionate" response.
"When we're dealing with Hezbollah and Hamas, who are both dedicated to the elimination of Israel, it's a little presumptuous of us to say what's proportionate and what's not from over here on this side of the Atlantic," Lamont said. "I don't think it's for the United States to dictate how Israel tactically defends itself."
In his interview with the Forward, Lamont said that he did not agree with calls for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah.
"I think first and foremost, return the kidnapped soldiers, Hamas and Hezbollah," Lamont said. "And I think that would be sort of a prerequisite for everything that goes on beyond."
In addition to blasting Israel's enemies, the challenger blamed the current escalation on the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq and on the failure to be more engaged in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "We took our eye off the ball," Lamont said. "The invasion of Iraq... we got bogged down. We didn't deal with the peace process in a serious way over the last five years — that's part of the reason that Israel is under attack today."
Lamont said that he supported burgeoning plans to put an international force on the border between Israel and Lebanon.
I'm still waiting for someone to tell me why I'm paying over 3.00 per gallon for gas.
Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday it earned $10.36 billion in the April-June period, the second largest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company.
Oh, I love it when politicians answer the call.
I am a Democratic State Representative, and I support Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate. I will be voting for him on August 8th. I am also committed to supporting the nominees of my party (unlike Joe Lieberman) after the primary.Unlike some pro-Lieberman Democrats who do everything in their power to either avoid answering the simple question or smear bloggers by accusing them as using "sandbagging" techniques, at least there are some people in public office who truly believe in the principles of the Democratic Party.
Sad. Real sad.
Instead of Joe Lieberman defending his record, he hoping President Clinton can win the election for him. Look for Bubba to hit the airwaves for Liebrman also from now till primary day.
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, gives Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki a message.
Family, friends, and neighbors. Sign up and help spread the word!
Oh good grief, if this is true, then Lieberman is in full paranoid mode.
Today in Pomfret, several candidates met with local Democrats. I came at the invitation of Swordsmith, another local Democrat, to this meet and greet in a part of the state I don't usually visit. The reason I went was to see how Joe Lieberman reacted to voters in a non-diner setting and how he might have changed from the JJB dinner several years ago where I first met the Senator.Good grief. Joe Lieberman is now afraid of BLOGGERS who ask questions? How pathetic but I'll bet my soul this will be the new line of attack from the Lieberman campaign and if yesterday was any indication, the mainstream media will jump on the bandwagon soon enough.
Back then he was cheerful and easy going, laughing off his second defeat in national politics like it had happened to someone else. In 2000, Joe Lieberman could have traveled the country to most anywhere in the United States and have been cheered; but tonight he was too afraid to travel to a small town in his own state to make his case for renomination to a group of Democratic voters all because word leaked to the "wrong people" (us) that he would be visiting Pomfret.
That's right, Lieberman canceled at the last moment because he thought BLOGGERS might have showed up and started asking QUESTIONS. While I make it a policy never to harrass candidates no matter how obnoxious they might be, I saw too many Lamont buttons and stickers at the event to guess that Lieberman would have been received cooly at best if he had had the guts to show up.
LIEBERMAN: From the limited disclosure he had under the 'Senate ethics' that he has stock in 'Halliburton,' and he has stock in, more stock in some of the big oil companies. That's something for everybody to judge.
MARK DAVIS: That would be a crime?
LIEBERMAN: Oh no, this is just public right to know. None of this is about illegality. I think when you get into public office you've got an obligation to disclose all your financial holdings.
More phone calls?
A Branford man picked up his telephone Monday night to find a political pollster on the other end.Whoops, someone called the wrong guy.
The conversation started innocently as the caller asked whether the state was going in the right direction and how he felt about the races for governor and the U.S. Senate. But as soon as the Branford man said he was voting for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano instead of Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, the conversation abruptly turned to a series of anti-DeStefano questions.
What the pollster did not know was that the Branford man was Sam Gejdenson, the former U.S. House member who has publicly endorsed DeStefano.
"There was a lot of noise in the background, so it was a big phone-bank operation," said Gejdenson, a Democrat who served in Congress for 20 years before losing to Republican Rob Simmons in 2000. "It was definitely just a push poll to beat up the other guy. They said New Haven was dangerous. I've never felt endangered in New Haven."
"If Sam Gejdenson thinks he got a push poll, it certainly wasn't from the Malloy campaign or anyone we consider supporters," responded Chris Cooney, campaign manager for Malloy.Who's lying and who's telling the truth?
Cooney said Malloy supporters have received anti-Malloy telephone calls recently, but he said he was not making the assumption that the calls were generated by the DeStefano campaign. DeStefano's spokesman, Derek Slap, denied that the campaign had made any anti-Malloy calls.
Remember back when WTNH's Mark Davis gave Joe Lieberman a softball question regarding Ned Lamont and his personal finances (sorry for posting the raw footage from Lieberman's press conference but I don't have the original file to edit. Anyway, don't bitch and just watch the clip)...
LIEBERMAN: From the limited disclosure he had under the 'Senate ethics' that he has stock in 'Halliburton,' and he has stock in, more stock in some of the big oil companies. That's something for everybody to judge.Look what happens when a reporter asked about Lieberman finances.
MARK DAVIS: That would be a crime?
LIEBERMAN: Oh no, this is just public right to know. None of this is about illegality. I think when you get into public office you've got an obligation to disclose all your financial holdings.
U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont released a document Tuesday showing he does not control investments in a stock fund that once included shares of Halliburton Co.So much for a public's right to know.
The letter, signed by a Goldman, Sachs & Co. vice president, says the managed account is run by Goldman Sachs' Quantitative Equity Group, which makes all investment decisions.
Halliburton stock is no longer part of that fund, Lamont Campaign Manager Tom Swan said last week when Lamont released his 2005 tax returns.
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has repeatedly accused Lamont of having direct shares of Halliburton. The Connecticut Post reported last week that there is Halliburton stock in two mutual funds that Lieberman owns.
Lieberman spokeswoman Marion Steinfels would not comment on Lieberman's mutual funds.
Oh Marion, why do you say such silly things.
We've now spoken with Marion Steinfels, Lieberman's campaign spokeswoman. She tells us that although Spazeboy had a ticket (which was apparently given to him by someone else), his name wasn't on the list, and no one whose name wasn't on the list was admitted -- ticket or no ticket. "You had to have your name on the list, for security reasons," she told us. "Every ticket had a number and the name corresponded." It appears that the person at the door recognized Spazeboy and knew his name wasn't on the list, and thus barred him.Well, not so fast. What Marion didn't tell you is that the Lieberman staffer ripped the ticket right out of Spazeboy's hand while another staffer accused him of being a "known protestor."
As for the subsequent scuffle, Steinfels cannot say for sure exactly what happened between the Lieberman staffer and Spazeboy. "I wasn't there," she admits. “But my understanding is that they are non-transferable tickets, and that's why he was turned away." Hmmm. Now we're gonna see what Spazeboy has to say about this.
I really have no respect for the Lieberman campaign and the way they treat people who disagree with their man. You see, since the beginning of his campaign, Joe Lieberman has gone out of his way from having public events (unless they're stages dinner stops in which the press is the only people notified), running away from anyone who wants to ask him a critical question, and calling bloggers "protestors" and threatening them with the police.
Lets just say that Matthews didn't make Lieberman supporter Don Imus very happy with his accurate analysis on the senate race.
People came out to Waterbury to see Bill Clinton, not to see Joe Lieberman.
An awestruck crowd of about 2,000 Democrats swooned over the former president as he campaigned for Lieberman's re-election at Waterbury's Palace Theater, several of them shouting "four more years" as Clinton reminisced about his two terms in office.Will Clinton's visit have any impact on Lieberman? With two weeks until primary day, I don't think so. Simply put, Lieberman's tactics are too little, too late. To back up this statement, lets take a look at the important part of the latest poll.
With Clinton's appearance and both primary candidates in the city, Waterbury was the political center of the state yesterday.
"I think he's awesome," Gus Vassiliou, manager of Louie's Pizza, said of Clinton. The pizzeria is next door to the theater. "I wish he was still the president."
Some antiwar demonstrators and supporters of Lamont tried to seize on the joint appearance of Lieberman and Clinton.
Edward Anderson, a New Haven Democrat who is part of a group of Lieberman critics who started the Web site DumpJoe.com, created a special sign to hold outside the theater.
"Bill's indiscretions or Bush's idiotic war?" the sign said.
Mary Ellen Shea, a South Windsor Democrat and a Lamont supporter, speculated that Lieberman was not the main attraction.
"If I had to make an educated guess, the majority are here to see Clinton," said Shea, who went to the rally with friends who are Lieberman supporters.
Watertown Democrat Jerry Langlais said Clinton's popularity within the party is unrivaled.
"There's nobody I'd rather listen to speak than Clinton," Langlais said.
As for whether undecided voters will listen to the former president, Langlais said the former president could only do so much.
19. (If candidate choice given q18) Is your mind made up, or do you think you might change your mind before the primary?
Made up 79%
Might change 19
I liked him better when he was the whipping boy on the McLaughlin Group. Now, he's just an dumbass talking head who co-hosts a crappy show on Fox News.
From the July 22 edition of Fox News' The Beltway Boys, featuring Kondracke and co-host Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard:KONDRACKE: Here's "The Buzz," Fred.
You know, Bill Clinton is going to campaign for -- for Joe Lieberman up -- up in Connecticut. And an interesting fact about this relationship -- I mean, Lieberman gets criticized by the left for making that famous speech in which he criticized Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. But what's not remembered is that in the same speech, Lieberman was against impeaching Clinton on that -- on that account. And that actually helped undercut an effort on the part of some Democrats to -- to go to the White House and ask Clinton to resign. Clinton credits Lieberman with saving -- saving his presidency at that -- at that crucial moment, which is part of why he's going to campaign for him.
Now, Hillary Clinton went out of her way to -- to say that, well, if Lamont wins the primary, she'll be for him. Bill Clinton has not done that. He may have to support Lamont if -- if Lamont wins. But he has not said it in advance.
Clinton is coming to the rescue although Lieberman slammed him over the Monica Lewinsky affair, calling the President's conduct "immoral" and "disgraceful" in a 1998 speech.Morton exposed for a fool yet again. I'm sure John McLaughlin is somewhere goofing on Kondracke over this whopper of a lie. Oh, I can hear John now..."MOOORTON!"
"Bill Clinton holds no grudges," said veteran political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. "He's out helping someone he believes ought to be reelected."
Still, Clinton's support could be a one-shot deal: If Lieberman loses the primary, Clinton will go with Lamont.
The former President thinks Lieberman, whom he has known for 30 years, "has been a good senator," said Clinton spokesman Jay Carson.
"However, he respects the primary process and will support the candidate that wins the Democratic primary," Carson said.
Immediately after Barbara Boxer's seemingly unenthusiastic endorsement of Joe Lieberman, I ask Joe some tough questions. Concerned Irish-Democrat Maura joins in with a question of her own. (...and Maura completely ROCKS!)
I'm just received a report from a fellow blogger that Barbara Boxer was rather rude and impolite to one person who asked her a question regarding Joe Lieberman's statement about the Plan B pill and catholic hospitals.
Blogger is acting weird again so I'm having trouble posting. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal soon.
With August 8th fast approaching, I thought it would be nice to do something I haven't done in quite some time...pack up all my video and digital camera equipment and follow the Ned Lamont campaign around the state.
You see, I first met Ned Lamont at his second public appearance (I think it was in New Haven back in January) and I was so impressed with him that I took it upon myself to follow him around for a while just to see where his campaign would lead. I knew he had the right message and positive vision to beat Senator Lieberman and was just the type of Democrat we need now in Washington but he had a HUGE name recognition problem. In fact, back in those days, I could show a picture of Lamont to someone and they would have no idea who he was or what he was all about.
I could remember arriving before Ned to a number of his early events when he traveled from small town to small town in Connectucut and when I asked people how they felt about Lamont possibly challenging Lieberman, they would always say, "who is Ned Lamont" or "I never heard of this Lamont guy but I don't like Joe and wanted to learn more about him."
Just when things couldn't get any weirder, something strange happened and it happened repeatedly right in front of my eyes.
Every single time Ned finished his stump speech and finished answering every question in the room (I was always pleased with Ned's ability to talk to everyone who had a question no matter the topic), people were immediately impressed by him and ran to the sign up sheet.
It was the weirdest goddamn thing I've ever seen. People who had no idea who Ned was (or didn't even know he was showing up in the first place), were cheering him on by the end of the night. It was like something incredible was happening as people started to believe in Lamont and what he had to say. The crowds became bigger and the buzz about his campaign became louder. I know this might sound wired but trust me, I have all the video to back up my claim.
Just as Ned went through his learning stage of campaigning, I went through a learning stage of incorporating multimedia into my blog. You see, back then (like it's so long ago), there were very few blogs that used video and there were no blogs in Connecticut that used this tool (hell, back then, there were only two or three blogs covering Connecticut politics).
As my video capabilities improved, so did Lamont's delivery and his the size of his audience. I appreciated that fact that there was finally I politician that I believed in so much that I spent countless hours following him around the state and doing what I can to get his message heard.
That was then, and this is now. I haven't had the time to shadow the Lamont campaign like I use to in some time and with the primary day around the corner, I thought it would be nice to tag along and see Ned in action. Let's just say that the days of Ned speaking to small crowds in places like at Dos Amigos in Torrington are long in the past (trust me, you had to be there to understand and I'll write a post about that night someday).
Enough of me babbling about Ned, there will be time to look back on what Lamont has done for the Democratic Party and for the people in Connecticut later. Here's my video report on the Lamont campaign from this weekend as he traveled across the state with U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, and State Rep. Peter Tercyak (what a funny guy. Listen to his quotes, as they're priceless).
You know times are tough for Joe when Joe Klien can't find a positive thing to say about Lieberman's campaign.
On a brain-foggingly hot Sunday afternoon in July, a wistful Senator Joseph Lieberman tried to summon his inner Samuel Gompers as he accepted the Connecticut AFL-CIO's endorsement in his dead-heat primary campaign against the aristocratic antiwar upstart Ned Lamont. "Sometimes you work hard, and people forget," he said, thanking a straggly crowd of union leaders for remembering the picket lines he'd walked over the years. "My folks were working people. I grew up thinking that people who work deserve a fair deal. It takes government to ensure ..." and so on.
He was, of course, avoiding the subject. A giant papier-mache statue of George W. Bush kissing Lieberman on the cheek—the Senator's famed Britney-Madonna moment, which transpired after Bush finished his 2005 State of the Union address-sat on the back of a nearby pickup truck, thoughtfully provided by a group called Connecticut Bloggers. There was no mention from Lieberman of the elephant in the truck, no explanation of his alliance with the President over the war in Iraq. Just an oblique plea that this should not be a one-issue campaign.
Joe Lieberman is, without question, one of the finest men I've known in public life. I could never imagine myself voting against him. But he was profoundly wrong about the most important issue of the past five years-and now, at the very least, he has to acknowledge that there's an elephant sitting in the pickup truck.
Andy Thibault is the lasest in a long line of columnists who comes out swinging against Lieberman. Man, can Joe find one columnist to say something good about him?
Who woulda thunk it? As the citizens of Connecticut get to know Ned Lamont, they like him.
Lamont is now considered an acceptable alternative to that other guy - what's his name, The Bush Lip-Locker - for the U.S. Senate.
And why not?
Our modern-day version of Mr. Smith goes to Washington is a capable and genial fellow who holds his ground without stooping to the base level of the other guy. When the other guy tried to denigrate Lamont for being a rich white boy, Lamont responded with a self-deprecating ad in which his family made fun of him. Toward the conclusion of the ad, Lamont steered the discussion back to a real issue, saying: Let's both support the winner of the Aug. 8 Democratic primary.
Lamont's capable performance in the debate with the other guy has resonated with voters. The Quinnipiac poll announced July 20 showed Lamont up 11 points and the other guy down 8 points from just about a month ago. Lamont is now the favorite to win the Democratic primary, 51-47 percent among likely voters. By any standard, he is a winner.
There are many ironies at work in this race. Lamont's hometown of Greenwich takes a bad rap, often justified, as a place of power and privilege gone amok. They don't want regular peons on their beaches, for example. Still, after working in Greenwich for several years, I'm happy to report I encountered a lot of nice, semi-normal people as well. Ned Lamont was one of them. I didn't even know he was a rich guy.
It's funny and pathetic to hear the other guy try to distort the character and qualifications of Lamont. For example, the other guy is an ultimate tool of the rich and powerful when it comes to energy policy, the war and health care. Lamont, in contrast, is a strong advocate for universal health care and unafraid to stand up to the closest thing the United States has ever had to a facist regime.
The other guy would censure one president for getting a blow job and be a good stooge for another president who orders massive illegal spying on citizens, institutionalizes torture and weakens the country by lying about the reason for going to war -- and condemning our young to die or be maimed without justification or purpose.
Expect more intensity and more big lies from the other guy. Desperate career politicians get that way, especially when they are losing.