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Friday, March 24, 2006


Courant: Blogs Fuel Lamont's Campaign

The Courant reports on the McEnroe-Lieberman dust-up in the blogosphere, the blogs' financial impact on the Lamont campaign, and other online events of the past few days:

Online buzz about Lamont, who has been an official candidate for less than two weeks, already has helped generate $132,255 in credit-card donations to Lamont through a Democratic fundraising site, ActBlue.Com. About $10,000 came in Thursday.

"From time to time, there are events and we'll see little blips," said Tom Swan, manager of the Lamont campaign. "Sometimes it's from a series of postings on the Web, like this."

Interestingly, it seems like campaign manager Sean Smith (he of "[Joe] hasn't really had a dialogue with Connecticut voters about Connecticut issues in a while" and "the Connecticut Republican party is cheering on Ned Lamont" fame) is no longer providing the lame retorts for Lieberman. But his pinch-hitting replacement isn't much better:

Roy Occhiogrosso, a consultant advising the Lieberman campaign, said the blogs mischaracterized Lieberman's performance, saying the senator never once raised his voice.

"I think he was clear and concise and passionate," Occhiogrosso said. "And I think that's all good."

I think I get it: Lieberman flying off the handle at the minor criticism of a radio host is "concise and passionate." But Lamont voicing a positive, inspiring vision in front of a teeming crowd of supporters is "negative and angry."

I'm no doctor, but I think there's a diagnosis for this consistently irrational behavior.
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