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Monday, September 25, 2006
Monday Morning Round-Up
- The Courant leads with the bombshell NIE report and its effect on the campaign, including Lieberman's "major" speech today:
Lieberman is expected to call for a change in Iraq policy, though how was unclear Sunday night....
"This report proves that Ned Lamont's comments in his national security speech were right on the mark," said Tom Swan, Lamont's campaign manager. "I don't know how Sen. Lieberman can successfully make the case that he is the right choice to get us out of this mess, when he has gotten everything wrong up to his point."
In a 20-minute speech at Yale Law School on Sept. 13, Lamont asserted that the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq had alienated allies and the Arab world and diverted resources from the war on terror, whether at home or in pursuit of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
"Today, America is weaker, not stronger. We have sacrificed our daughters and sons and our treasure in a war we didn't have to fight," Lamont said. "We have ignored the real threats and security needs in the war we should be fighting, the one against the terrorists."
- The Times prefers to write about the fact that the campaign has recently focused on specific domestic issues:
“I’m in this race because I think it’s time we start investing in the United States of America again,” he told the Hamden crowd, alluding to the war in Iraq as a symbol of “bad choices.”
The friendly audience, filled with graying voters, rewarded the line with loud applause. Then, their questions came quickly and precisely:
Would he oppose privatization of Social Security? Absolutely.
Does he support gun control? Yes.
Should President Bush be impeached? No.
And does he favor term limits?
“Eighteen years seems just about the right amount of time to me,” he said, generating laughter with the obvious reference to his opponent’s three-term tenure in the Senate.
- The Greenwich Time was at the Greenwich DTC Picnic, where Ned joined other major party officials and candidates and more than 200 attendees at what was a very energized gathering:
DTC Chairman Jim Himes said local party members are excited.
"We're feeling great. The wind is at our backs and the Republicans don't know whether they're coming or going," Himes said during an interview as Greenwich Democrats munched hamburgers, hot dogs and salads under tri-color streamers and balloons.
The Lamont campaign has energized the party and is working to help the Democratic congressional candidates. Sen. Lieberman, while says he is merely a "noncombatant," is the de-facto GOP candidate and is working against them.
- Maia Szalavitz at the Huffington Post promises more on Lieberman fundraiser Mel Sembler in the coming days, and links to this post from February on Joe's friend and Hundred-Thousand-Dollar Man:
An ACLU official once called Straight a "brutal" "concentration camp for throwaway kids." Sembler later remarked to a business magazine that the ACLU opposition, "just shows that we have been doing things right."
Is it any wonder that people who support this kind of treatment for our children wouldn't think twice about torture for terrorist suspects?
- A diarist at Kos previews a possible Lieberman retort to Ned's letter:
3. While I of course greatly respect any input from the 16 major intelligence agencies in the U.S. government, I feel that for a true understanding of the subtle complexities of our policies in Iraq and indeed the Middle East in general, you have to consult Glenn Beck.
4. I think all Americans are sick and tired of the nasty, rancorous politics of personal destruction typified by Ned Lamont's disgusting savaging of my reputation through the underhanded, thuggish tactic of recklessly injecting facts into this campaign. Shame on you, Ned. Shame on you.
5. Yes, we screwed up in Iraq. But thanks to my efforts to reach across the aisle to our colleagues in the majority party, we screwed up on a bi-partisan basis. Frankly, I'm proud of that.
6. While it is true I missed half the Senate votes on Iraq, it is typical of Ned Lamont's hypocrisy that he never mentions how during his years as a selectman in Greenwich, he didn't cast ANY votes on Iraq. Not ONE.
7. Actually, when you think about it, the report tying our actions in Iraq to an increase in terrorist activity proves my point -- there IS a link between the war in Iraq and the threat of terrorism. It's just a different link than the one I was talking about, that's all.