Richard Goodstein Gone Wild
by Matt Stoller, Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 05:47:43 PM EDT
CT Bob has a longer and better quality version of the video.
Well well well. Guess who showed up to the Greenwich Lamont events bearing weird signs and a dickhead attitude towards everyone, including those in the press? Yes, our favorite lobbyist Richard Goodstein, the nice crazy man who confronted Ned Lamont in a diner with pleasing shouts and helpfully civil angry questions.
In Greenwich, hundreds of people gathered to hear Lamont speak, and that went off well. Lamont keeps getting better and better, and the energy he generates exerts a kind of quirky and charming political gravity on those around him. Before him, Lowell Weicker and Jim Dean talked, along with local candidates Ed Krumeich and Frank Farricker. Krumeich spoke and reminded everyone that he hadn't seen Joe in Greenwich for anything but a fundraiser for eighteen years. There were snow cones, and the weather wasn't quite as oppressively hot as it has been for the past week. The press corps is getting bigger; George Stephanapoulos showed up, and there was a film crew from Boston doing some filming.
In terms of the Lieberkidz and their confrontational attitude, there was some minor scuffling at the event and some obnoxious signs, but it was good Richard who was the main attraction on that front. He couldn't help but put himself in front of the cameras with his sign that, and I'm paraphrasing here, called Bill Clinton a real Democrat and Al Sharpton a divisive Democrat. You can see it in the video. It's somewhat shitty quality because I'm taking video with my digital camera and it's mostly meant for still photography, but the end of the clip gives you a sense of who Goodstein is. He's talking to a journalist, and totally flips out.
You can find a full picture tour of the event here. I met Lowell Weicker and ate snowcones.