Bringing Lieberman Back to Broken Promises, Bush

With this new ad, Lamont is highlighting Lieberman's clearly broken promises.  One of Lieberman's strongest assets is his ability to lie while seeming like he has integrity.  This ad catches him clearly breaking his promise to voters.

The ad also does something we haven't seen for a while, tying Lieberman back to Bush.  Lieberman is more aggressively playing footsie with the Republican Party.  To get a sense of the dynamics, you should read this Mark Pazniokas article in the Courant.

Lieberman is running like Republicans are all over the country, by focusing on local issues and bipartisanship while subtly knocking the Democratic Party.  Lieberman though doesn't have the Republican brand hanging over his neck, and he has a largely slavish press corps in Connecticut that won't actually look into his funding sources or political operation (which is in all likelihood coordinating with Rell/Shays/Johnscon/etc).

In the primary, Lamont was able to tie Lieberman to the Republican Party because of Lieberman's extremism.  Bringing back the message to Bush and broken promises seems like a smart move.

Tags: Connecticut, CT-Sen, Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont (all tags)



Broken Promises, Bush

Good ad, nails Lieberman on his broken promise.   Now wouldn't it be nice if the media in CT stuck a microphone in Lieberman's face and asked him directly, "Senator, what about your promise to serve no more than 3 terms?"

And then follow that up with, "Senator, why do you have one of the worst attendance records in the Senate?"

Why do we never get simple, direct questions like that from our journalists?

by global yokel 2006-10-15 08:56AM | 0 recs
Great ad

It's just too bad he didn't air it earlier

by Terryus 2006-10-15 09:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Great ad

Better late than never.

by ab initio 2006-10-15 10:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Great ad

This was a great ad. Exactly the type of ad he should be running. I have made no secret of the fact that I hated his other ads, but this one is a marked improvement!

Well done, Ned. Blast the crap out of Lieberman.

- Broken promises.

- part of the problem in Washington.

- Connections with Bush.

Excellent. Now he needs to explain why we need a Democratic Senate and as the Democratic candidate how only he can ensure that the Democrats will win. He should say Lieberman has broken too many promises and has taken too many opposing positions to be trusted on this. After all, how can someone who recieves 75% of his support from Republicans, campaigns with them, refuses to condemn Dennis Hastert and refuses to even say that the country would be better off with a Democratic Congress be trusted to support the Democrats at this important juncture.

I don't believe it's too late. Lamont is no doubt behind, but a small shift among his Democratic support can tip this race back to Lamont very easily.

I'm glad he's getting things in gear.

by JackBourassa 2006-10-15 04:46PM | 0 recs
people don't care about term limits

Lots of members of Congress have pledged to serve only two or three terms, then gone back on the promise. I know of a lot of challenger campaigns that tried to make this an issue, but don't know of any that gained traction on it. The incumbent just focuses on everything he has delivered for constituents and will continue to deliver.

I do like going back to tying Lieberman to Bush and Cheney, though.

Aside from tv ads, Lamont has to do more to get Dems to understand that Leiberman is now the Republican candidate. I don't know the best way to do this, but my understanding of the numbers is that Lamont would win if he got 80 percent of the Democratic vote (now he has just under two-thirds).

by desmoinesdem 2006-10-15 09:39AM | 0 recs
Agree, Nibbling at the edges

I posted this at dailykos:

Frankly, I think this ad misses the point.  What must really concern CT Democrats is that Lieberman could dash their hopes of finally getting control of at least one chamber of Congress.

In my opinion, the focus should be on from where and whom Lieberman is getting his support (i.e., Cheney, Bush, Rove and right-wingers) and therefore to whom he will be beholden.  The evidence that he is not supporting Democrats and that he is very likely to caucus with Republicans is incontrovertible.  At the least he will cripple any Democratic advantage we might gain.

Forget that Lieberman broke promises - that's old hat - everybody expects politicians will go back on their word.  Instead, go for the 800 pound jugular in the room.

by accumbens 2006-10-15 10:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Agree, Nibbling at the edges

The front page post at DKos where Lieberman said he wasn't sure who deserves to win the House is glaring. Lamont needs to demand an answer to that in the debate.

If Lierberman says "Democrats" then use it to hammer Lieberman to his Republican base and force them to Schelsinger. If he says "Republicans" use it to hammer Lieberman to his Dem base and drive the point home that Joe stands for 1 thing: Republican control of power.

by MNPundit 2006-10-15 10:23AM | 0 recs
Maybe what he meant

is, "I won't serve more than three terms as a Democrat."

by carlmanaster 2006-10-15 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Bringing Lieberman Back to Broken Promises, Bu

My girlfriend's mom just had her Lamont sign vandalized yesterday.  After she put it back together, it was stolen last night!  And the street was replaced with a sea of Lieberman signs.

Those dogfuckers!!

by HellofaSandwich 2006-10-15 09:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Bringing Lieberman Back to Broken Promises, Bu
I hope your Mom talks to her neighbors about this. Vandalism in their own neighborhood is more likely to sway opinions than a lot of political philosophy. Yuor Mom can be a big vote getter for Lamont. One block at a time. You cannot begin to appreciate the power of someone down the block at your door and explaining why they back a candidate. Much more powerful than politician or newspaper endorsements.
by antiHyde 2006-10-15 02:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Bringing Lieberman Back to Broken Promises, Bu

My girlfriend's mom, not my mom.  But yeah--apparently, all the Lamont signs in her area were stolen.  I'm sure it'll get some buzz...

by HellofaSandwich 2006-10-15 10:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Bringing Lieberman Back

Man, I really do hope that Lamont is ready for the upcoming debates.  He needs to bring the wayward Democrats back into his fold. I am a realist though, and realize him winning is going to be a long shot.  He made some pretty big mistakes after he won the primary, and I don't think commercials are going to turn this thing around now.  

by KC 2006-10-15 10:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Bringing Lieberman Back

A big factor for Lamont is that when voters see the ballot and look to pull the trigger for a Dem it will be next to his name.

There maybe more of an upswell for Dems than the name of the candidate.

Lamont lost a lot of momentum after the primary by not decking Loserman. Just hope their GOTV is better and they focus on getting many Dems to send in absentee ballots early so they can focus on those less interested in elections during the last 3 days.

by ab initio 2006-10-15 10:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Bringing Lieberman Back

As discussed above, ads emphasizing that Lieberman is more a Republican than a Democrat - in fact, more a Republican than the Republican candidate given who supports him - would drive it home.

by accumbens 2006-10-15 10:54AM | 0 recs


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