Disclosure: I worked for the Lamont campaign doing web design and production and some writing for the official blog (from 9/5/06 to 11/07/06).

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Lamont Springs Forward

In an article about the race in tomorrow's Times, "Joenertia" is the lede:

The inattentiveness - as well as the scattered boos amid the supportive calls of "Joe" that welcomed Mr. Lieberman to the podium - convinced some that the three-term senator, criticized for months because of his continued support for the war in Iraq, may be vulnerable in the primary challenge he faces.

"What I was struck by was that not many people were paying attention to him," said Leo Canty, chairman of the Democratic town committee in Windsor, which passed a resolution in February opposing Senator Lieberman's support for the war. "It used to be that he would be more of a presence when he came in."

While Lamont's support bubbles an inch below the surface:

...on Thursday night, while Mr. Lieberman said he was pleased with how he was received, Mr. Lamont and his aides said they were pleased, too. Mr. Lamont described people discreetly flashing Lamont buttons from their pockets and whispering to him, "I'm with you quietly."

This is Hysterical!

I hoped for something else.
by Ken Dixon
Connecticut Post

"It was still cocktail hour, so there were 15, count 'em, 15, bars set up, taking cash and quenching thirsts accumulated during the long march since the last time state Democrats won a governor's race, back in 1986.
One guy tried to cut into a line, shouldering through, saying he had to get a libation for U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman.

"He needs my vote more than he needs a drink," someone snarled back, setting the tone for a sometimes-embarrassing affair that raised a self-loathing quarter million bucks. When the three-term incumbent was introduced, the moderate clapping was punctuated by more than a few boos.

When Lieberman promised to "lead the party to victory in November" with his right hand punching half-heartedly into the air, the applause was so non-existent — maybe 30 people lightly patting their hands — that I could hear dessert spoons excavating chocolate goo.

At that point I realized that Lieberman's problems with state Democrats may go well beyond his hawk's perch on the Iraqi War. His tightness with President Bush — who can forget the State of the Union smooch? — may be finally coming back to haunt him.

If these were the Democratic believers, I thought over the convention center's lousy sound system, what's going to make them come out on Aug. 8 for a primary, let alone support Lieberman on convention day May 20?

As these things usually go, I never got close enough to ask the appropriately sarcastic question: "Senator, do you have any delegates committed?"

But this was later, after I was introduced to Ned Lamont, the Greenwich communications millionaire who's a one-note song in the chorus of the party's discontent against Lieberman.

That's when I pressed the LaRouche literature on Lamont and his campaign manager. "Hey, look, LaRouche, Lamont," I said, smiling, pointing at the propaganda and the coincidental prefixes. "A little compromise and you guys could create some momentum."
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