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Thursday, April 20, 2006

 

Lieberman Airs Defensive TV Ads

Feeling the heat:

The two 60-second spots, running statewide, highlight Lieberman's record on key Democratic issues such as abortion, energy independence, environmental protection and increased education funding.

One also touches on Lieberman's support of the war in Iraq - a position that has angered many activist Democrats and helped fuel a challenge by Democrat and Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont.

"I already know that some of you feel passionately against my position in Iraq. I respect your views, and while we probably won't change each others' minds, I hope we can still have a dialogue and find common ground on all the issues where we do agree," Lieberman says in the TV spot.


It's a little difficult to "have a dialogue" with voters when you barely appear in public in your own state.
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"I already know that some of you feel passionately against my position in Iraq. I respect your views, and while we probably won't change each others' minds, I hope we can still have a dialogue and find common ground on all the issues where we do agree,"

Joe still doesn't get it. While he thinks we can agree to disagree over Iraq, people are DYING there. My cousin is over there right now. I don't want to just disagree about whether he comes home. I WANT HIM HOME NOW!
 
"I already know that some of you feel passionately against my position in Iraq. I respect your views, and while we probably won't change each others' minds"

This whole line of reasoning by Lieberman is totally fallacious.

The fallacy here is that Lieberman's job, as a representative of the CT citizenry, is NOT to "blaze his own trail" or to merely "respect our views", but is rather to faithfully articulate the collective will of the CT citizenry, as their representative.

For Lieberman to disregard what the majority of the CT citizenry wants re Iraq means that Lieberman is not doing his job, ie, not doing what he is paid to do.

I once argued this point to Lieberman's office, and their reply was, "the people of CT elected Joe to speak his own mind."

Uh, I don't think so; last time I checked, we had a representative govt, and not a bunch of folks who just do their own thing!
 
Lieberman's campaign ads are on his site (right column).

Swan says:
Tom Swan, Lamont's campaign manager, said he believes Lieberman is trying to "inoculate himself" on issues where he sided with President Bush, such as the war and opposing a proposal that would have required all hospitals, including Catholic ones, to provide emergency contraception.

"I really thought his choice of issues played to Ned Lamont's strength, not his," Swan said.

 
Swan is right about this I think. Joe was never dynamic but these make him look him too apologetic and lethargic. I wonder what the reasoning behind them was.
 
MikeCT said (over in the "Connecticut Local Politics" blog site), about Lieberman's new TV ads:

"A risky message - highlighting his most vulnerable area, most unpopular stance, and the leading reason to vote against him."

"This is mainly a really expensive way to talk to convention delegates - since it is too dangerous for him to talk to them in person."

Well said; I agree 100% -

this is a totally inappropriate message for Lieberman to be delivering via the mass media; this message should only have been delivered personally by Lieberman to each DTC, individually, face-to-face, behind closed doors.

And as far as Lieberman trying to communicate with the Dem primary voter via these ads, Lieberman here is just pouring salt on the wound by his calling attention to the fact that he is out of sync with the will of the Dem voter base and that he is a failure as their spokesman in Washington, which begs the question in the Dem primary voter's mind, "why is Joe Lieberman out of sync with us?"

I find it incredible that Joe Lieberman thinks that he can "do his own thing" and disregard willy-nilly the will of the CT electorate on things like Iraq, and then turn around and ask for a pass on such via these commercials.

I would like to see a Lamont reply ad spell out that it is job 1 of Joe Lieberman to be our voice in Washington on things like Iraq, and that Joe Lieberman has failed the citizens of CT miserably in that regard.
 
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