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).
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Wednesday News Round-Up
- It's "blogosphere day" today. On July 19, 2004, the blogosphere rallied to raise tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of hours for Ginny Schrader in PA, when her incumbent opponent suddenly dropped out. On July 19, 2005, Paul Hackett was able to raise $140,000 over 4 days, jump-starting his campaign that gained so much national attention. On July 19, 2006, Blogosphere Day is all about Ned Lamont. What can you do? If you live in CT, the most important thing to do is take advantage of the very cool Family, Friends, and Neighbors tool. Also, you can volunteer to phone bank for a few hours. And Ned will personally match all online contributions dollar-for-dollar starting today, amplifying the voice of the grassroots.
- The Stamford Advocate reports that the Norwalk DTC unanimously passed a resolution denouncing Lieberman's plans to create his own vanity "Lieberman Party":
The resolution urges each Democrat in Norwalk to contact Lieberman and demand that he either withdraw from the primary contest "or accept in advance and without qualification the democratically expressed wishes of the Democratic Party."...
"A lot of people feel the Democratic Party has backed him for his long and successful career," [Norwalk DTC Chair Galen] Wells said. "It is really offensive to think if another person beats him in the Democratic primary . . . he will defy that and run as an independent."
Incidentally, Wells supported Lieberman at the convention.
And he may very well run as an independent, but Lieberman still hasn't clearly stated whether he will rule out a run on the Republican line.
- Michael Winship has some words of warning for Joe, based on his memory of the Javits-D'Amato 1980 Republican senate race in New York:
Say it ain't so, Joe. If Lamont wins the Democratic nod, accept defeat with grace. Don't make the same mistake liberal New Yorkers and their candidates made in 1970 and repeated in 1980. As Troy Schneider of the nonpartisan New America Foundation wrote in Sunday's New York Times, "If Mr. Lieberman, with all the benefits of major-party incumbency, can't persuade Democratic primary voters to nominate him over Mr. Lamont, he should have the decency to accept that verdict. Any other response reveals a sense of entitlement and arrogance that's disdainful of both his party and the public."
In other words, Senator Lieberman, be a mensch.
- David Sirota writes about some huge new problems emerging with the Oman Free Trade Agreement, which Sen. Lieberman voted for a few weeks ago:
In an explosive report tonight, top House Democrats discovered provisions in the controversial Oman Free Trade Agreement that would permit foreign ownership of U.S. ports and other key national security assets. Three Democrats and one Republican held an emergency press conference today to expose the provisions just before the House is scheduled to vote on the Oman pact on Thursday. As Reuters reports, "Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who serves on the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said the pact would allow companies such as Dubai Ports World to acquire U.S. port operations by establishing a shell company in Oman."
- Ari Melber writes about the huge right-wing rush to support Sen. Lieberman (Lieberman-CT), including Sean Hannity, who continues to strongly support his "pal" while trying to tar the progressive blogosphere.