November 08, 2006
Precincts And Recounts And Lawyers...Oh My
Until all outstanding races are confirmed, I don't see a reason to weigh in. I'll leave that to the punditry. That's their job. I'm off today with other priorities to deal with. Though all in all I can sum it up in a word...sucky.
However, I'm happy to say my number one priority - the re-election of Joe Lieberman and the subsequent rejection of the Kos-backed empty suit known as "the Freshmaker" by 50% of Connecticut's voters - has been accomplished. Congrats Joe.
Sorry, Ned. Hey there's always Dodd in 2010.
The Moose rubs it in on Lamont, but makes an important point:
A powerful message has been sent to the '08 wannabees who sent Negative Ned their money and support - you can pander to the nutroots to win primaries, but you must reach out to the vital center to win a general election (even in a deep blue state). More persuasion and less comment threads, please.
Interesting development, Rumsfeld is set to resign.
I suspect that if Bush appointed Lieberman as his replacement (in the spirit of bipartisanship, of course) then Gov. Rell would appoint Nancy Johnson to fill his term - giving her a job and keeping the Senate in GOP hands.
That would make me laugh out loud.
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Love the Ned picture, did he get those flags from France?
Posted by: Jenn at November 08, 2006 02:24 PM (QD9ey)
Did old Ned kiss the $12 million of his personal money before he threw it away?
Posted by: Scrapiron at November 08, 2006 06:15 PM (Eodj2)
No, there is a vulnerable Chris Shays in 2008
Ned will be back.
Ned standing up to Joe and Bush opened the floodgates for a national Dem victory.
To that, we thank him
Posted by: Joe Liarman at November 09, 2006 11:12 AM (l9fZU)
From the Norwich Bulletin:
Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont spent about $16 million of his own money to run for the U.S. Senate.
It earned him a thorough drubbing in the polls Tuesday. The citizens of Connecticut re-elected Sen. Joseph Lieberman to a fourth term.
Lamont, whose estimated worth is about $100 million, may be blamed for wasting a large sum -- even for him -- on what turned out to be a folly in the minds of many.
After all, $16 million can buy an awful lot or do much good -- such as sending an entire senior class at the Bridgeport high school where Lamont teaches to college, for example. Or keeping homeless shelters and food banks around the state operating this winter. Or, just for fun, buying new Lexuses for all of the members at the swanky country club he abandoned before his run for office.
But Lamont may have gotten more bang for his bucks than any other candidate in a political season in which more than $2 billion was spent. And in the end, his losing candidacy was a winner for many Americans.
From his surprise showing at the Democratic convention in May to his stunning victory in the party primary in August -- and right up to Election Day -- Lamont caught and kept the national spotlight as a lightning rod of opposition to the war in Iraq. He was among the first to speak out loudly and clearly about the obvious failed war policy of the Bush administration, and he was emblematic of a freshness of perspective that caught the attention of voters nationally.
It is not unreasonable to think Lamont's candidacy triggered a national firestorm of anger and introspection about a war that shows no end. If Lamont was a one-issue candidate, it was a doozy of an issue.
Connecticut and America responded. For months, there was more dialogue and constructive criticism about the war and other issues -- including the corruption of absolute power, as shown in recent years by some Republicans. In defeating Lieberman in the primary, Lamont made clear no office holder was safe.
That was shown Tuesday. People came to the polls in larger numbers and spoke loudly their feelings. The results, nationally, were shocking.
Democrats have taken over the U.S. House of Representatives by a wide margin and appear to have made giant strides in the U.S. Senate. A day after the Republican election debacle, President Bush jettisoned his long-embattled secretary of defense, long emblematic of the Iraq War. The timing was no coincidence.
No, Ned Lamont didn't win his race Tuesday. But if the Democrats were to name a Most Valuable Player for this election season, it would surely be him.
More importantly, he may become more -- a figure in history whose actions triggered major changes in the United States, its government and its policies.
At $16 million, that's a bargain.
Posted by: Norwich Eddie at November 09, 2006 03:00 PM (l9fZU)
Obviously from the editorial
page. Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one.
Dems can cling to this assessment if they want to. Moderate voters put Dems in charge. Had it not been for Lamont, they may well have picked up more seats. But the fact that he lost so handily in as Liberal state as CT speaks volumes.
And seeing as Joe is the 51st "Democrat" so to speak, the party will be extra nice to him because they know from personal experience that it doesn't take much to flip one Senator and change the playing field. If Lieberman caucused with Republicans would the same people who called Jim Jeffords a hero, think the same of him?
Posted by: Gary at November 10, 2006 01:20 PM (GHbxU)
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