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Sunday, June 25, 2006


Feingold Hearts Lamont

(Bumped.) CTBlogger posts that Sen. Feingold (D-WI) showed Ned some love on Meet the Press this morning. More soon.

Update 2: Here's the video (hat tip to Scarce):

Update: Here's the transcript (via MyDD):

MR. RUSSERT: Your colleague Joe Lieberman in Connecticut in a tough primary battle. If Senator Lieberman asks you to come to Connecticut to campaign for him, will you?

SEN. FEINGOLD: I have a lot of admiration for Joe. He's a fine guy. He helped me a great deal in campaign finance reform. I think Ned Lamont's positions on the issues are much closer to mine on the critical issues. I think that this is going to be something decided by the people of Connecticut. I'm not going to go up there, but I'll tell you this, Tim. I will support the Democratic nominee, whoever that is.

MR. RUSSERT: So if Lamont beats Lieberman, you're for Lamont.

SEN. FEINGOLD: That's correct.

MR. RUSSERT: And you will not campaign for Lieberman if they ask you?

SEN. FEINGOLD: I'm not getting involved in the primary. If Joe Lieberman wins the primary, I campaign for him. If Ned Lamont wins the primary, I campaign for him. I'll be supporting the Democrat. [emphasis added]

Hopewellian_magi hearts Feingold.

After Lieberman's "Benedict Arnold" act the other day when he opened for the Republicans attacking the 2 Democratic proposals to offer an alternative to the "lie and die" policies of the Republicans, no Democrat should come and help Lieberman this year.
Have you heard about the Akaka primary Hawaii? It's a reverse Lieberman/Lamont situation, where anti-war Akaka is being challenged by Bush sympathizing Case. Akaka is one of 13 Senators to vote for a firm timetable of withdrawl of U.S. troops from Iraq, while Ed Case rubberstamped Bush's war in a house vote the week before. I just wrote a big blog posting about it that I thought you might be interested in. Akaka needs as much support as we can give him.
It seems that General Casey has now given Lamont a tool to beat Lieberman with. Which is it, Joe:
"stay the course" as you say, or phased withdrawal as Casey and your Democratic colleagues advocate? Isn't your position somewhat ridiculous?
Why should Feingold go out of his way to help Joe? Joe didn't support Russ when he (Feingold) proposed censuring Bush for the illegal wiretapping (of course Joe wasn't the only Democrat to wimp out on that one). And now there's talk of Bush supporting a "compromise" which would effectively make the wiretapping legal. And you know Joe will be supporting that one!
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