by Matt Stoller, Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 03:56:43 AM EDT
Lieberman is down 54-41, and only 5% of voters are undecided. That's according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. And apparently Clinton's endorsement has only convinced 2% of voters to vote for Lieberman. Ouch, Big Dog.
Lieberman is just atrocious on the campaign trail. Awful. Almost no one is showing up at his events, and he has no energy in his speeches. I was talking to a great Connecticut reporter yesterday who told me that Joe's never been able to attract crowds, even in 1988, but that this is extreme. I took a crappy video from my non-video camera, which should give you an idea of how bad he is at rallying people. The cheering you hear is from the massive number of paid Lieberyouth.
There are a few more pics of the Wakeup Walmart rally. The one to the left is the Kiss float in front of Joe's Epcort Ride. The Kiss float has become just devastating to the Lieberman campaign; the bloggers here are driving around and tagging along with Lieberman everywhere.
At the Walmart rally, we were expecting fireworks because Lamont and Lieberman were both showing up, and Maura had found out that Lieberman accepts Walmart PAC money in March. At the microphone, when confronted by that claim, Lieberman said it was a lie, and that his campaign had returned the money a week later. There's no record of that in the FEC on either the Walmart PAC side or Lieberman's side. Reporters are actually sleuthing on this race, discussing matters like this lie, our lobbying-driven culture and the Iraq War, oh wait, no, they covered a bloggerputting upan edgy picture.
This guy showed up to the event as well; Lieberman supporters are clever.
The day was confusing, because the Lieberman campaign claimed they were canceling all events to film a new commercial, and then showed up at the rally anyway. Or rather, they claimed this to reporters they considered unfriendly, and told other reporters the event was on. Just one more lie in an ocean of bad retro 80s politics.
The Wakeup Walmart event was packed with Lieberyouth, 50 or 60. I took this picture of a kid wearing 'The Hug' button and holding a Lieberman sign. Apparently Clinton hugging Lieberman is not doing it for Lieberman. He must be the only one.
Last night, I went to a Jesse Jackson event in New Haven. If you've never seen Jackson speak, I very much recommend it. He does a great job of linking the moral to the political, and the crowd was nodding along. Lamont got up after Jackson, and rocked the house. It was a very different type of energy, but there was the same amount of nodding and cheering. It's pretty clear that the vibe among all Democrats in Connecticut is one of disaffection and a sense that they don't have to take it anymore.
Oh, and Dan Gerstein keeps being a jerk.
Lieberman's campaign said the senator's attack on the administration was nothing new. "This is one of those great myths that the Lamont campaign have been able to peddle," said spokesman Dan Gerstein. "He's been critical [of the handling of Iraq] since the war started."
If you want to run on bipartisanship, run on bipartisanship. Put it up to the voters, don't just lie about who you are.
I'm going to start bugging people to come up to Connecticut. Get your ass up here. It's fun, and it's momentus, and we need you.