Connecticut Round-Up Thread
by Chris Bowers, Thu Jul 20, 2006 at 10:07:20 AM EDT
- The Lamont campaign has a nifty friends, family and neighbors tool that you can use. It is obviously more effective if you live in Connecticut, but it will even allow a Pennsylvania like my self to talk with the small number of Democrats who live in Connecticut who I know personally. Sign up today, no matter where you live.
- The blogosphere has raised just under $15K for Ned Lamont since yesterday morning via Act Blue. Ned will match very dollar raised by the campaign between now and August 8th, so that translates into $30K. Please, keep giving. You're your donations are clearly making an impact
- Bill Clinton will support the winner of the Democratic primary:Jay Carson, a spokesman for President Clinton, said that the former president and his wife share the same position. "President Clinton is looking forward to campaigning with Senator Lieberman on Monday and will work hard to help ensure he wins the primary, but he respects the primary process and will support the candidate that wins the Democratic primary."
I therefore look forward to him campaigning for Ned Lamont after August 8th. I would also like to see Clinton asked what he thinks about Lieberman's threat to run as an independent.
- The New Republic reports that the Q-poll isn't the only independent poll showing Lamnt ahead (link):I just wrote a piece for the latest print issue on the Lieberman campaign and I thought I had a bit of a scoop: a recent unpublished independent poll actually had Lieberman trailing Lamont 48 to 44.
Of course, the source there is Zenergle, so who knows, this poll may be a fake.
- People crowing about Lieberman still leading in a three-way race should note that Lamont has actually made aup a lot of ground in three-way polls as well, moving form a 38-point deficit to a 24-point deficit. Further, a defeat for Lieberman in the primary will seriously damage his image to the Connecticut electorate as a whole. IT will also cause many of his endorsements and fundraising to dry up. If I were a Lieberman supporters, I wouldn't' go around crowing about his three-way race poll numbers. The guy has shown a remarkable ability to plummet in any poll no matter what office he is running for.
- John Aravosis:If Lamont wins the primary, and Lieberman runs as an independent, it's going to tear the Democratic party and the grassroots apart. The blogs will, understandably, spend full time helping Lamont, bashing Lieberman, and flailing the party for not doing enough to help Lamont (or worse, for helping Lieberman). The last thing we need is a major war erupting among Democrats leading into the November elections. I'd like to spend my time, I'd like to see all the progressive blogs devoting their time, to helping defeat Republicans, rather than worrying about some guy who lost his primary and now can't take his toys and go home like a good loser. But that isn't going to happen unless the Democratic party, unless Democratic leaders in the Senate, step up to the plate here.
The party needs to tell Joe Lieberman, under no uncertain terms, that if he loses his primary he needs to bow out of the race. Otherwise, there will be open war between the blogs, the netroots and the Democratic party for the next four months. Rather than channeling those resources into defeating Republicans, we will be channeling those resources into fighting amongst ourselves. But the Democratic party can avoid this scenario, if it chooses. The Dems need to make it clear to Lieberman that if he loses the primary, he's out of here.
- Taylor Marsh notes an interesting contrast:Former President Bill Clinton is going to campaign for the man who stabbed him and every other Democrat in the back during the Lewinski imbroglio. That Joe Lieberman aided the impeachment coup should never be forgotten. But that's what grown ups do, let the past be buried where it belongs. Bill's a better man than most, but many of us always knew that, now didn't we? In fact, in the era of George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton has never looked so good. apart from the mature attitude of Bill Clinton and the childish, flailing attitude of Joe Lieberman, there is a second interesting contrast at play here. The comparative response of the progressive movement and Joe Lieberman during the Republican assault on democracy during the Lewinsky bit goes a long way to summing up this entire race for me. Defending Bill Clinton from that attacks was a seminal movement in the revival of the progressive movement, as it directly led to the creation of MoveOn.org. As the progressive movement found its first major revival in defending Bill Clinton, Joe Lieberman stood on the Senate floor and ripped Bill Clinton apart. For the progressive movement to defeat Lieberman in a primary eight years later would be a remarkable second bookend on our developmental phase, and the start of a new phase altogether.