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, August 11, 2006
Friday Morning Round-Up
- In light of this week's Rove-Cheney-Bush-Lieberman orchestrated attack on the Democratic party on national security, Paul Krugman columnizes on Lieberman's long history of being wrong on Iraq, while always accusing those who disagreed with him of giving comfort to terrorists:
The question now is how deep into the gutter Mr. Lieberman’s ego will drag him.
There’s an overwhelming consensus among national security experts that the war in Iraq has undermined, not strengthened, the fight against terrorism. Yet yesterday Mr. Lieberman, sounding just like Dick Cheney — and acting as a propaganda tool for Republicans trying to Swift-boat the party of which he still claims to be a member — suggested that the changes in Iraq policy that Mr. Lamont wants would be “taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England.”
In other words, not only isn’t Mr. Lieberman sensible, he may be beyond redemption.
- The Secretary of State's office is still verifying the Lieberman Party's petitions, which seem to be quite "sloppy":
Shirley Surgeon, Hartford's Democratic registrar of voters, said she is verifying 59 pages of signatures delivered to that city's town clerk last week.
Although each petition contains room for 30 signatures, Surgeon said the majority of those she received contain about half that, and several have been disqualified.
"Out of 15 on this first page, nine were good," Surgeon said.
In Norwalk, Town Clerk Andrew Garfunkel said he received one petition page Wednesday.
Norwalk Democratic Registrar Betty Bondi said if the rest of Lieberman's petitions are as "sloppy" as that one piece of paper, his chances to make it onto the ballot do not look good.
There were reportedly 18,000 of them, but Spazeboy raised some excellent questions about their validity yesterday that have yet to be raised by reporters:
How did 29 people collect over 18,000 signatures?
Were people paid to collect signatures?
How much were they paid per signature?
Is Senator Lieberman trying to buy a line on the ballot?
Is he using money donated by Democrats for his campaign as a Democrat?
Were the signature gatherers residents of the great state of Connecticut?
Is Senator Lieberman still a Democrat?
Is he registered as a voter in the Connecticut for Lieberman party?
What is the platform of the Connecticut for Lieberman party?
Where can CTBob get a Connecticut for Lieberman button?
- Matt Stoller and Markos both ask why the press continues to repreat Lieberman's lies about the phony "website hacking" story. Markos debunked the story entirely yesterday:
See, almost identical levels of traffic. The difference being that the Lamont people had competent people to keep the site up and running despite the easily-predicted traffic rush, while the Lieberman people are still sitting around twirling their thumbs.
I hope the FBI makes the results of its investigation public, because every indication is that the Lieberman campaign overreacted and used their own incompetence to score political points.
As the official blog asks, why does Dan Gerstein still have a job, if he has zero credibility?
- BranfordBoy has the first three-way poll taken since Tuesday, done by Rasmussen, which shows the race at Lieberman (Lieberman) 46% - Lamont (D) 41% - Schlesinger (R) 6%. The trend in this poll from July is Lieberman +6, Lamont +1, Schlesinger -7. The only thing this poll shows is huge GOP movement to the Lieberman Party. It's no wonder Rove, Mehlman, and CT Republicans are building up Joe and now urging the damaged Schlesinger to stay in the race. It seems likely that if the GOP candidate gets over about 12% in a three-way race, Ned Lamont will win, so they have every reason to keep a non-factor like Schlesinger on the GOP line, in the hopes that he gets less than that.
Very interesting about the petitions. I collected petitions for an insurgent candidacy once and there is no way I believe that 29 people collected 18,000 signatures. It takes hours to get 10 signatures! I could see it if all the signatures required were "close personal friends" of Lieberman but 7500 is too high a number. He couldn't have the Democratic party apparatus of committeemen collecting signatures for this, which is the normal way to meet signature requirements. And he kept it secret so it wasn't done by people coming in and responding to an appeal for signatures.
It looks very fishy.
It looks very fishy.
It would be rather poetic if the percentage of valid signatures "Joey Two Times" paid to have collected was only 40%.
Add this to your roundup http://tpmcafe.com/blog/electioncentral/2006/aug/11/ct_sen_is_a_real_gop_candidate_about_to_enter_race
Wouldn't they be better off trying to get Schlesinger to drop and and putting Lieberman on the Republican line?
I tailed one petition collector at the Hootie concert, watched him collect three signatures WITHOUT ID's... which is strictly against election code. You might think that the clerks have to check the records, so it doesn't matter, but anyone could write their friend's name down..!Post a Comment