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).
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Tuesday Morning Round-Up
Three weeks to go until the primary.
- MikeCT rounds up three new examples of Republicans defending or outright endorsing Joe Lieberman: Rush Limbaugh, Chris Shays, and potential Schlesinger replacement Jack Orchulli, who thinks running a GOP candidate at all may be a "quixotic adventure":
[Limbaugh:] "You know, what's happening with Lieberman is that the Democratic base is trying to run him out of the United States Senate, and they've got this media tycoon who has literally no political experience whatsoever..."
[Shays spokesman:] "Chris is going to vote for Sen. Lieberman. That’s all it is."
[Orchulli:] "And there is sentiment among Republicans that Lieberman's not a bad guy.... Put that together and one's hard-pressed to spend another million on a quixotic adventure."
- Atrios columnizes on the race at the LA Times:
Some time after having lunch in Iraq with the junior senator from Connecticut, Time magazine Baghdad bureau chief Michael Ware told an interviewer, "Either Sen. Lieberman is so divorced from reality that he's completely lost the plot, or he knows he's spinning a line."
Although Ware was referring specifically to Joe Lieberman's observations about Iraq, his characterization perfectly summarizes the former vice presidential candidate's whole political approach, and it explains why so many Democrats are eager to see him lose in a primary election next month.
- Speaking of "losing the plot," this is indicative of the grasp on reality that Lieberman and his supporters have regarding Iraq:
Lieberman's campaign captain in Torrington, Bill Battle, set up Monday's visit and feels Lieberman is more in line with the Democratic party than those promoting Lamont....
"There is no statistical data implying that all Democrats are against the war," Battle said.
It's true, I haven't seen a poll where 100% of Democrats say they are against the war. It's more like 85%.
- Ned will be in West Hartford today, Bridgeport tomorrow, and Willimantic on Thursday. There are a bunch of other events scheduled this week, too.
- The Stamford Advocate goes through the 2Q numbers and finds that 70% of Ned Lamont's contributions come from out of state. According to Opensecrets.com, Joe's got him beat: 74% of his contributions came from out of state as of April. The difference is, Ned's are mainly small donations from tens of thousands of concerned individual citizens. Joe's are mainly big bundled contributions from CEOs and corporate interests.