CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

You can watch the convention here: http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/

The Connecticut blogosphere is showing up in force.  Neil Fink, who I'm told will arrive later, is setting up a special Connecticut Convention blog. Bo at La Resistance, CT Bob, and well-known commenter PamB from the DNC blog are here. Aldon and Tim will be blogging at http://nedlamont.com/blog.

The Lamont nominating speech is happening, and it's pretty good. When Lamont's name was mentioned, there were cheers from all over the floor, not just the outside areas where non-delegates are sitting. The idea behind the speech is to stand on principle, not talking points. The mike was temporarily cut, and when it came back on there were more cheers. This is fascinating. "Now is not the time to be weak or afraid..." There's hissing...

Lieberman has to leave early since it's Friday at sundown. I'm hearing from delegates that they want to vote for Lamont, but will vote for Lieberman unless they are a swing vote. The Lamont supporters are chanting 'Ned, Ned, Ned...' It's a loud minority.

More... Senator Dodd is nominating Joe Lieberman and saying that he's not a Johnny Come Lately on civil rights and public service. There's light applause. He's now talking about the environment. I'm told that there are a lot of people who will vote publicly for Lieberman here tonight in public and for Lamont on primary day. "We thank you for standing up" says Dodd. This speech is taking forever. Dodd is bragging that Lieberman offered the idea of the Homeland Security Department one year before Bush did.

"You may disagree with Joe... despite those differences Joe Lieberman is a valued member of the United States Senate." Now he's talking about the war in Iraq and talking about his differences with Lieberman. He also asked for a standing applause for our men and women in uniform.

Ha ha ha there's a "bring them home" chant!

Dodd is finishing his speech with a rousing "We need Joe chairing those committees" fighting the Bush administration. There was applause about equal to that of Lamont's in size and volume.

This crowd knows there's going to be a primary. The real local insiders are split; some think Lieberman's money is going to crush Lamont, some are confident that Lamont can do pretty well. Most of Joe's support is coming from guys who have known Joe for twenty years, their families, and their networks. Lots of them are here tonight.

"Joe Lieberman has successfully delivered for Connecticut..." Now there's discussion of pork that Joe has brought home...

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

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35 Comments

Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

Right now during the Lamont demonstration on the CT-N live feed, someone's playing 'Rock the Boat'. LOL.

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 02:59PM | 0 recs
Swing votes

Do you mean that some delegates will vote for Lieberman unless it looks like Lamont won't make 15%?

I guess I just don't have a lot of sympathy for people who want to vote for Lamont but won't.  If this isn't worth taking a risk for, what is?

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:08PM | 0 recs
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I really, really hope we sink 'Wet Kiss' Joe's damn boat. The man is the worst sort of quisling scum.

Put the boot in 'em Ned!

by Pericles 2006-05-19 03:08PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

Just a quick note unrelated to the substance of the event, which I'll leave to wiser political heads.  

Its great to see video included in this terrific liveblogging effort. All the more evidence that we need high-capacity neutral networks to take "my direct democracy" to the next level of power and effectiveness. Nice work. Its great to feel "in on the action" as it happens, even while sitting here working on a report.  Thanks!!!

by mitchipd 2006-05-19 03:19PM | 0 recs
Shortsighted and naive?

Did the mayor of Bridgeport just call Lamont supporters "shortsighted and naive"?

BTW, thirteen million dollars for the frikkin' Long Island Sound over 18 YEARS is pretty piss-poor, IMO.

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:21PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

Lieberman demonstration -- "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"

Who is picking these tunes? Are they playing at the convention?

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 03:23PM | 0 recs
Oh no

'Still the One' by Orleans ...

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 03:25PM | 0 recs
Huh?

The CT-N feed is really blurry...are there Lieberman cheerleader-type people in the front of the hall leading people to dance to Pat Benetar???  "Hit Me With Your Best Shot?"

I don't see Lamont signs from any of these angles...  :-(

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:24PM | 0 recs
Can You Believe This?

Lieberman is a Soul Man.

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Can You Believe This?

There's something horribly wrong with watching a bunch of old white people from CT dance to Sam & Dave.

by HellofaSandwich 2006-05-19 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Can You Believe This?

That was HILARIOUS!!!!  I couldn't think of many songs that would be more incongrous than that!!!

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Huh?

Seriously.  Did Lamont leave his signs in the van?

by HellofaSandwich 2006-05-19 03:30PM | 0 recs
Process

So do they do a town-by-town tally of delegates now?

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:29PM | 0 recs
Oooh, DiNardo is cranky

She's like a teacher who gets cranky because she can't get control of her unruly kids.  Threatening to kick out observers makes her look WEAK.

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Oooh, DiNardo is cranky

Hahaha... "everybody SIT DOWN".  Hysterical.  Reminds me of assembly in junior high...

by HellofaSandwich 2006-05-19 03:33PM | 0 recs
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Two votes Lamont!!

by HellofaSandwich 2006-05-19 03:34PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

Seems pretty tight so far... but it sounds like Lamont is performing higher than 15%...

by HellofaSandwich 2006-05-19 03:37PM | 0 recs
Eleven for Lamont out of Hartford

That's pretty good, right?  Isn't that more than we expected?

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

After the 1st CD, I have 99 for Lamont.

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

How many is 15%? Apx?

by js noble 2006-05-19 03:46PM | 0 recs
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240, I think.

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 03:47PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

There are 1,607 delegates, so 15% is 242.  If there are the same number of delegates per CD (and there probably aren't quite), that would mean Lamont is getting about 31% so far.

by CA Pol Junkie 2006-05-19 03:50PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

How many does Lieberman have?  99 seems fantastic after just one CD.

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 03:47PM | 0 recs
Asshole from Union

That was really an obnoxious comment from the guy from Union, saying we don't need more millionaire senators.  Hmmmm...wanna bet he supported Kerry for President, another millionaire senator?  Asshole.

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 04:03PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

224?

by js noble 2006-05-19 04:05PM | 0 recs
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After the 2nd, I have 232 Lamont. With Greenwich still to vote, it's already a done deal.

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 04:05PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

Is the 15% out of total delegates or total voting? If the latter its done now.

by js noble 2006-05-19 04:07PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

it's academic at this point -- we still have Greenwich to go. Now it's a matter of where it will fall (probably close to 30% of total).

Looks like Lieberman is getting strong majorities in larger towns, but the smaller towns really add up.

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 04:09PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

Fantastic!  I missed a couple of towns, but my stats have Lamont with more than 30% in CD-2.

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 04:08PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

We just hit 15%

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 04:07PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

Now that Lamont has made the ballot, expect that more people will vote for Lieberman to be safe...

by Maura in CT 2006-05-19 04:09PM | 0 recs
Re: CT Convention Stream - Liveblog

You're right -- unless CD-3 really {hearts} Lieberman. Lamont's total percentage will drop now, but who cares? It's a real primary.

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 04:12PM | 0 recs
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Lieberman's getting killed in CD-4

by dblhelix 2006-05-19 04:17PM | 0 recs
Hm did Lamont get a Majority in any of the CD'S?

by Liberal 2006-05-19 06:59PM | 0 recs
by riptid 2006-10-03 01:54AM | 0 recs

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