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).
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Thursday News Round-Up
- Issues, you say? While the Lieberman campaign rides kicking and screaming into the sunset, Ned was in Hartford talking with seniors about the upcoming disaster with Medicare Part D. Christine Stuart was there for the New Haven Independent:
As of Sept. 22, Medicare Part D will not cover out-of-pocket prescription expenses between the annual amounts of $2,251 and $5,100, which means seniors could be paying upwards of $3,000 a year for their medications.
Lamont said he would fight for a universal health care plan that allows the federal government to negotiate and obtain the best drug prices for Medicare Part D and all Americans, just as the Veterans’ Administration now is permitted to do. The U.S. could save billions of dollars in drug costs by helping to close the Medicare Part D donut hole, he said.
- It's all well and good that Dan Gerstein has now admitted that the sun sets in the west. But what of his - and Sean Smith's and Marion Steinfels' - repeated charges on primary day accusing Ned Lamont supporters of "crashing" Joe2006.com (a website that almost a month later is still not back up)? I'm thinking specifically of this one:
"If Ned Lamont has a backbone in his body, he will call on these people to cease and desist," Lieberman Barking Head Sean Smith said. "Voters cannot go to our Web site. They cannot access information. It is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise voters."
Marion Steinfels, a Lieberman campaign spokeswoman said that the attack was a denial of service attack designed by the Lamont team to bring down joe2006.com.
That was a flat out lie. And one for which Sen. Lieberman and his campaign has yet to apologize. When will Gerstein - and his boss - finally admit that they were dead wrong about that, too? "Disenfranchisement" is a very serious charge. While Sean Smith may no longer be in the employ of Sen. Lieberman, his campaign really needs to answer for this.
- Lieberman may not attend Democratic caucus events in D.C. next week, according to an internal campaign memo obtained by the AP:
"We should discuss his schedule when he's in DC and whether it makes sense to go to Caucus events, etc. or not," wrote a senior Lieberman aide to several other top staffers.
- Wonder how Diane Farrell (D) feels about this. The Stamford Advocate reports that Joe is asking Westport Republicans for money (he already has Shays' endorsement):
Some Republicans in Westport reported receiving phone calls to attend a fundraiser in town for Lieberman later this month.
Speaking of Farrell, Ned and Jim Dean will be joining her in Greenwich tonight for a rally. Democrats united. What a concept.
- Great news: David Sirota will be joining the Lamont campaign as a strategist. I particularly agree with his take on the nexus between politics, activism, punditry, and writing:
And on a personal note, I believe that we have too many writers/pundits who have not engaged directly in politics and who instead just sit back and simply comment on politics from the armchair. They seem to see the actual work of politics as some sort of disgusting behavior that they are too good to get their hands dirty engaging in. I think that is one of the reasons some of these pundits seem so disconnected from reality when they comment on politics - it’s because they actually ARE disconnected from being a part of what winning politics is all about. It’s easy to get things wrong if you’ve never actually worked in the trenches. That’s why, as a writer, I make no apologies for putting my work into actual action.