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, May 05, 2006


Director of Central Joetelligence?

Such a possibility was floated on MSNBC earlier today, according to the Huffington Post:

UPDATE: Forty-five minutes after the Oval Office announcement, and moments after the Wall Street Journal's John Harwood wonders on MSNBC whether Joe Lieberman might a candidate to replace Goss (Extra! Langley Gets Joementum!)

But, alas, it was not to be:

UPPERUPDATE: ... Oh, and what a relief: Joe Lieberman says that if asked, he will not serve.

Is there any possible Bush Administration position for which Lieberman would not immediately be mentioned as a possible candidate? Over the last few months, he's been floated as a possible Sec. of Defense, Sec. of Homeland Security, UN Ambassador, and now CIA Director.

Why is his name always in the mix? Easy: because he's George Bush's Favorite Democrat.

Petitioning Training this Weekend

(Updated and Bumped: Boots on the ground are needed this weekend! Show up at either of these events or contact the campaign to learn about petitioning).


Lamont on CNN This Afternoon

CNN was at campaign HQ in Meriden today, and a report from deep within the bowels of the Situation Room should be airing between 4-5pm today.

Unless Dick Cheney shoots someone else in the face or another Kennedy crashes a car.

Update: Or, unless, say, the sitting CIA Director resigns amidst a scandal involving prostitutes at the Watergate hotel.

Sorry I didn't forsee that one.

Windsor DTC Endorses Lamont

It's not binding on delegates in terms of their vote at the convention, but it's obvious from stories like this, as well as from Ned's great reception at DTCs and Joe's desperation in paying a phone bank to call delegates, that the rank-and-file is fed up with Joe across the state:

The Lamont resolution won on a 16-14 vote after spirited and thoughtful discussion, which mostly centered on the Iraq war. No one who spoke, even if they were for Lieberman, endorsed Lieberman's position on the war....

Previously, Windsor delegates received phone calls from a Lieberman paid-phone bank inquiring about support. A PAID PHONE BANK! No volunteers?

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Joe's New TV Ad

I couldn't let Bob have all the fun today.

Joe's New Ad

Maps for Rape Victims

Connecticut Bob has an brilliant idea for Lieberman's next mailer:

"In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.

Well Joe, that's not very helpful. I mean, I know that you'll never need emergency contraception at two o'clock in the morning after having been brutally raped. So I guess it's easy for you to disregard any woman who is unlucky enough to have gone through that trauma.

But here's a suggestion: Why don't you provide maps for the victims, so they can walk out of the Emergency Rooms of the various Catholic hospitals around the state, hail a cab, and take that "short ride" to another hospital?

You know what, Joe?

Never mind.

I'll do it.

Go look at Bob's helpful maps.

Open Thread

Let's try one of these. Slow day so far.

By the way, has anyone heard Lieberman's position on this horrible legislation before the senate today that might end mandatory insurance coverage of mammograms and other cancer screenings?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Wednesday Night Round-Up


Petition Drive Continues

If you are a registered Democrat in Connecticut, the most important thing you can do for the campaign right now is volunteer to petition for Ned Lamont. Registered Democrats are needed across the state to go out and collect signatures. Sign up here and someone from the campaign will get back to you, or else contact the organizer for your congressional district and ask them directly.

There are training sessions tonight at 7:30pm in both New Haven and Sandy Hook (near Newtown). And Ned continues his tour of seemingly every DTC in the state tonight in Glastonbury.


Joe the Pander Bear

John at CTBlue has scanned and posted a pdf of the anti-Bush literature Joe is sending out to all convention delegates, which includes Harry Reid's letter. You'd think this was Dennis Kucinich running for re-election, not George Bush's Favorite Democrat:

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


RNC Chair Booed at American Jewish Committee Event

Seems like Joe Lieberman isn't the only one getting booed these days over his support for the disasterous Bush Iraq policy. What's surprising was the venue - the opening of the 100th anniversary celebration of the American Jewish Committee (via TPM):

The room burst into applause, however, when AJCommittee board member Edith Everett asked Mehlman to “take a message” to President Bush to stop linking Israel and Iran.

“It does not help Israel and it does not help American Jews to appear to be stimulators of any action against Iran,” Everett said.

She added that “it’s easy to understand why Iran is not worried about us” because Iraq is consuming so many U.S. resources.

Mehlman replied by acknowledging that Iraq was a “challenge,” but claimed it’s “less of a challenge than when Saddam Hussein was in power.”

The room filled with boos and hisses.

Joe Lieberman is also Ken Mehlman's Favorite Democrat.

Growing the Nedroots

Great news: Tim Tagaris, who was instrumental in the Paul Hackett campaign in Ohio and has just finished a stint as the main blogger at the DNC, is joining the Lamont campaign next week.

Plus, two new sites were launched today, and both will be added to the blogroll on the left. There's Kiss Joe Goodbye:

This site is designed as a resource for information and literature on the Lamont vs. Lieberman campaign. In the Literature section you will find pdf files of flyers suitable for print-out. In the On the Issues sections you will find direct quotes from the candidates, with sources.

and Connecticut Choice Voice:

Connecticut Choice Voice is proud to support Ned Lamont for the U.S. Senate in the primary on August 8. He will be our progressive voice in Congress, not a rubber stamp for the Bush-Cheney administration.


Harry Reid's Love Letter to Joe

(Update: Matt Stoller reports that Reid's letter of support was conditional on Joe ruling out a run as an Independent.)

BranfordBoy has the goods.

Look, it's hardly surprising that the Democratic Senate leadership is supporting Joe. Actually, strike that. What is Reid doing supporting a candidate who will not commit to staying in the Democratic party?

What's telling is that Joe feels forced to ask Reid to send such an ass-kissing missive to every state delegate at this point. Not to mention the other mailer Joe is sending out that laughably paints him as a Bush-hating Deaniac.

I have to say, though, this line from Reid was the most laugh-out-loud hilarious, almost worthy of Sean Smith himself:

I can always count on Joe when our Party needs to stand up to the Republican Party.

That's weird, cause usually Lieberman is standing up for the Republican party:


Joe Snubs CT-NOW

In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to a fundraiser.

Right, Joe?

Apparently, Joe hasn't bothered to answer NOW's questionnaire yet either.

Update: Also from the Q-Poll, 78% of Connecticut voters, including an amazing 74% of Catholics, don't agree with Joe Lieberman's position that rape victims should just take a "short ride" to another hospital for access to emergency contraception.

Quinnipiac: Lieberman 65%, Lamont 19%

Another poll out, and this one looks less encouraging on its face: Lieberman is -3 from February, and Lamont is +6. However, 90% of the voters still say they "haven't heard enough" about Ned Lamont to form an opinion of him, down slightly from 93% in February. Point? As much as blogs and political junkies are paying attention to this race, barely anyone in the state has even heard of Ned Lamont. That will change, and soon.

Some other points:

Monday, May 01, 2006


Rasmussen: Lieberman 51%, Lamont 30%

Chris at MyDD breaks the numbers of the first poll on the race since February. The headline, to me: an 18-year incumbent senator is barely breaking 50% in a primary race. And the more people get to know Ned Lamont, the more they love him.

There is no trendline to look at, as the previous poll which had the race at 68%-13% was from Quinnipiac, but combined with the April SUSA numbers showing significant downward Joementum (is there any other kind?), it is obvious the Lamont challenge is for real.

Nedheads in New Haven

CTBob and spazeboy shot some great video at the New Haven Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend, asking people what they knew about Ned Lamont and how they felt about Joe Lieberman being the only New England Democrat (in either the House or the Senate) to vote to give big oil companies $14.5 billion in tax breaks in 2005:

More Ned Lamont video is available at the Ned Lamont Resource and the Nedheads YouTube group.

Ned in New London, Groton Tonight

Catch Ned Lamont in the role of "guest bartender" at a fundraiser for the CT chapter of the National Organization for Women in New London tonight at 6pm. Sen. Lieberman was also invited, but as of yesterday had not committed to attend. Certainly does nothing to quiet recent speculation about NOW possibly endorsing Lamont.

Afterwards, Ned will talk and answer questions in front of the Groton DTC at 7:30pm.

Mission Accomplished

Three years ago today:

Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

Three years ago, this week:

LIEBERMAN: We did the right thing, and we gave [Saddam] 12 years and tried everything short of war to get him to keep the promises he made to disarm at the end of the Gulf War. We did the right thing in fighting this fight, and the American people will be safer as a result of it....

LIEBERMAN: ...I'd say how can we win this election if we send a message of weakness on defense and security after September 11, 2001 to the American people?... The war against Saddam Hussein was right.



Does Lieberman break 50% in a new poll on the Democratic primary? New numbers coming soon...