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).
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Saturday Morning Round Up
- Harry Reid finally hits back against Lieberman (Lieberman-CT):
"Connecticut voters certainly aren't supporting terrorists," Reid said. "Joe has to play on the field of Connecticut; this is Connecticut politics. The people of this country and the people of Connecticut want a change in direction."
- Mark Schmitt says Lieberman is "deranged" about the war on terror:
I’m sorry, but this is just a deranged, or at best deeply confused and manic, thing to say. It shows a lack of perspective and reality and responsibility, even in its lack of clarity about what exactly the threat is and how to defeat it. Why does anyone accept that this kind of blather can be considered taking the threat more "seriously"? It’s not. It’s hugely unserious in its trivialization of the great moral challenges of the Twentieth Century and it’s bald politicization of the current challenge.
- CNN's Chuck Roberts agrees with Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney and Karl Rove: Ned Lamont (D-CT) is the "Al Qaeda candidate," and Democrats are the Al Qaeda party. How long will senior Democrats put up with this? How long before they go after Joe Lieberman (Lieberman-CT) for participating in this smear against their party?
- Chris Murphy (D-CT) quoted in the Washington Post:
Chris Murphy, who is running against Republican Rep. Nancy L. Johnson in the Hartford area, said that while he once feared that Lamont's candidacy would distract from his own race, he now views it as an ideal complement. "I've come 180 degrees," Murphy said.
If the Lieberman Party wasn't a factor, and the Democratic Party stood united, the infrastructure and energy that helped Lamont both online and offline would be fully available for the gubernatorial and congressional races. But as it stands, that's not the case, all thanks to Joe.
- Lieberman has a new ad up and running already. Sounds pedantic and boring... just what he needed to convince people he isn't a loser. More interestingly, as the official blog notes, all that talk from Joe about being "focused only on the primary" in the days before August 8th turns out to be yet another lie:
Turns out, that “single minded focus” thing might not have been so true after all. Imagine that.
Looks like they were cutting post-primary campaign ads and creating the theme/talking points for the go-it-alone general election challenge. “A politics of unity.” He even used the phrase 15 seconds after his concession speech when cornered by Mark Davis.
- Mayor Bloomberg (R-NYC) is the just latest Republican politician - from Minnesota to Connecticut to D.C. - to try to use the Lieberman Party run to his own political advantage and to attack the Democratic party:
"All of a sudden the same elected officials say, 'Oh, he's no longer the best guy. He shouldn't be elected. You can't vote for him. You should vote for the guy that a week ago I was saying was not the best guy,'" Bloomberg said.
Democrats, wake up: it's time to realize that the Lieberman Party serves solely to damage Democratic candidates both in Connecticut and around the country.