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).
Friday, June 09, 2006
Friday Morning Round-Up
- Josh Marshall has a lengthy post up explaining his feelings on the Lamont-Lieberman race in the wake of yesterday's poll numbers. Josh was, of course, the prime mover in solidifying opposition to Bush's 2005 push for Social Security privatization, and did a great job exposing Lieberman's duplicity on the issue:
We went back and forth with him. I'd talk to his staffers and folks around him and work and work and work to get a straight answer, but just had the hardest time. It was always this statement or that that seemed to support Social Security but really left the door open to some compromise on phase out when you looked at it closely. On and on and on....
And what was the point of that?...
I think the most generous read on Lieberman is that he's just out of step with the parliamentary turn of recent American politics which I myself, Mark Schmitt and many others have discussed. But I think that's too generous. The whining in Washington that it's somehow an affront that Lieberman's hold on his senate is being threatened is entirely misplaced, a good example of what's wrong with DC's permanent class.
He claims to be "ambivalent" about the race, but from his last paragraph, it's obvious he's not:
I have to confess that I haven't spent enough time yet finding out Lamont's positions on various issues; and I'll try to rectify that. And just between us, I'm happy every time I see him go higher in the polls.
- Quinnipiac poll director Douglas Schwartz on the Lamont phenomenon, from the Courant:
Douglas Schwartz, the director of the Quinnipiac poll, said the new survey was "remarkable" in that Lamont surged in popularity even as 76 percent of those surveyed still knew too little to say if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion.
"I've never seen anything like that," Schwartz said.
- Lieberman shows up at a diner in Bristol today at 1:15pm. Wonder if he'll get any tough questions.
- Ned will appear at two events in the 5th CD on Saturday: the Litchfield "gallery on the green," and the Danbury Greek festival.