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Monday, October 16, 2006

Debate roundup: Alan Schlesinger wins big

Earth to Joe Lieberman: I think you have a problem and his name is Alan Schlesinger.

All I can say is WOW!

It think Joe Lieberman just lost a big piece of his Republican support base as the true Republican Alan Schlesinger ripped the de facto Republican to shreds at today's debate. Knowing that he didn't have anything to lose, the Republican nominate candidate came out of the gate swinging and really whacked Lieberman upside the head on a variety of issues ranging from North Korea to Social Security. Lieberman looked like a target bear with a bullseye on his ass bouncing back and forth and Lamont and Schlesinger took turns taking shots at him and keeping the junior senator on the defensive for most of the debate.

Sticking to his theme of "change," Lamont portrayed Lieberman as part of the problem in Washington and offered himself as a voice of a new direction in Washington. Although Lamont didn't hit a homerun against Lieberman, he won't need to worry about losing any supporters after his performance. On the other hand, Lieberman's presentation was rather uninspiring as he used the term "bi-partisan politics" in every answer he gave.

Lieberman didn't outline any proposals or give any real indication in terms of what he would do if re-elected senator opting instead to use a majority of his time going after Lamont. In the end, this proved not to be a wise move as it gave Schlesinger the opportunity he needed to attack Lieberman and really catch him off-guard. On topic after topic, Schlesinger hit Lieberman upside the head and captured the audience attention...and he had a good time doing it.

At one point while Schlesinger was tearing Lieberman to pieces, I turned around  to get a feel of the crowd and a majority of the people were very impressed with Schlesinger while Lieberman's camp (including mouthpiece Dan Gerstein) gave a look of utter disbelief. I couldn't resist taking a snapshot of DANGERstein and the female Lieberman supporter...it just another priceless moment that I had to share with everyone.

Now, I'm going to keep this report short since I'm still processing the video from today's debate. I was able to get a one on one interview with Schlesinger and I asked him about the de facto Republican running in the race and lets just say, he had a few words to say about that.

Here are some highlights of Schlesinger in action from today's debate. I'll post more clips as well as the entire debate later tonight.

Schlesinger attacks Lieberman over North Korea.

Schlesinger attacks Lieberman over Social Security.