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, September 06, 2006
Wednesday Morning Round-Up
- Sen. Lieberman admits he has no plan for Iraq, tells Connecticut voters they will have to wait a few weeks until he comes up with one:
Mr. Lieberman also promised a speech later this month detailing his stance on the war in Iraq. In recent weeks, Mr. Lieberman has said that he believes that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld should resign, but he has also reiterated his support for the war, saying that leaving early would create a more dangerous world.
Asked by reporters to give details of his stance on how to withdraw troops from Iraq, Mr. Lieberman said that he would have to delay their gratification a while longer.
There's no mention of Iraq policy anywhere on Sen. Lieberman's new website.Update: A section on Iraq seems to have now been added. Same old rhetoric.
- Ned Lamont (D) returns to Harding High in Bridgeport, where he was a volunteer teacher, to introduce his education plan and take questions from students:
One of the students asked what his goals are if he becomes a U.S. senator. Lamont mentioned Iraq, saying it's "time to start bringing the troops home." He also pledged to "invest in great schools like Harding High."
During the earlier Hartford press conference, Lamont, who made his fortune selling television and Internet access to colleges, distributed an eight-page education plan.
"We must rethink the entire educational pipeline from birth through college," the booklet announces in an opening section.
"Washington has dithered long enough. It is in our nation's greatest tradition, and consistent with our generation's responsibilities, that we act and act now," the booklet states.
Dan Gerstein responds to this disgraceful partisan political act of proposing an actual hopeful policy for the future:
"If this is the Lamont campaign showing they can do something besides being negative and attacking, they need to go back to campaign school. What do they have to hide?" Gerstein said.
The pdf of the plan is here. The Courant also covers the education plan.
- A right-wing magazine of dubious credibility claims that Rove had GOP donors funnel millions to Lieberman in advance of the primary (if so, a lot of good that did him). They also claim that, in return, a deal was made with Lieberman to vote with Republicans on some issues and vote to reach 50-50 ties on others so that Cheney can break the tie. I'd dismiss it entirely except for the fact that it reveals that some on the right wing don't seem to be too happy about Rove's and Bush's overt backing of Lieberman. There may be more tension on the right - at least nationally - over this race than is readily apparent.
- Speaking of the right wing, Joe's new blog links to a picture of Osama bin Laden wearing a Ned Lamont bumper sticker on his turban. I'm sure a link to the Free Republic is coming any day now. "Civility!" Update: Matt at Emboldened goes through Joe's blogroll in detail:
No to Ned - An offensive, anti-Lamont blog that posted a picture of bin Laden wearing a Ned Lamont sticker - which must be what Joe’s talking about when he calls for civility in politics. Five total posts.
Joe Lieberman in 2006 - Complains of “the anti-war left” and has three total posts. The author, Chris Arnell, also writes this blog, which is obsessed with Muslim violence (including this sickeningly titled post, “D.U.I.I. - Driving Under Islamic Influence“).
Joe for Progress - This looks like it wants to be a blogging community. From what I can tell it has one author, two total posts, and a blogroll containing pretty much the same sites as Joe’s campaign blog - Bull Moose, Austin Centrist, Maverick Views, & Moderate Voters - as well as six news and policy sites....