Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

Two statements available today indicate the degree to which the Democratic Party establishment has swung as a result of Ned Lamont's win in yesterday's Senate primary in Connecticut. First, Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"This shows what blind loyalty to George Bush and being his love child means. [...] This is not about the war. It's blind loyalty to Bush."

This morning, Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, Democratic Leader and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman, respectively, released the following statement:

"The Democratic voters of Connecticut have spoken and chosen Ned Lamont as their nominee.  Both we and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fully support Mr. Lamont's candidacy.  Congratulations to Ned on his victory and on a race well run.

"Joe Lieberman has been an effective Democratic Senator for Connecticut and for America.  But the perception was that he was too close to George Bush and this election was, in many respects, a referendum on the President more than anything else.  The results bode well for Democratic victories in November and our efforts to take the country in a new direction."

Update [2006-8-9 10:52:30 by Jonathan Singer]: Governor Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, chimes in:

"In Connecticut, Democratic voters exercised their most fundamental right as Americans, choosing Ned Lamont as the Democratic nominee. We congratulate Mr. Lamont and look forward to working with him both to ensure his victory in November and as a United States Senator. Senator Joe Lieberman has served the people of Connecticut admirably for the last 18 years and always stood up for what he believed in. It was a hard fought campaign, and the Democratic voters of Connecticut have made their choice."

Among the other Democratic leaders offering support for Lamont today are Senators Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy (Hotline's Wake-Up Call), and John Edwards was the first national leader to call and congratulate Lamont on his victory.

Tags: Connecticut, CT-Sen, House 2006, Ned Lamont, Senate 2006 (all tags)



Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

I think that's great... And I hope folks will also send some love Akaka's way.

There's a reverse Lieberman/Lamont Senate Primary race in Hawaii on Sept 23.

Incumbent Dan Akaka Dan Akaka, pro-peace, voted against Bush's failed Iraq war, and running to keep his seat, is being challenged by pro-Bush/DLC/DINO Congressman Ed Case.

Case, who in many ways is more conservative than Lieberman, is actively going after Republican voters in this open primary.

It would be a shame to put Lamont in as a pro-peace Senator, just to have his votes cancelled by pro-Bush Case.

Akaka needs your help.

by schultzy 2006-08-09 06:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

sorry about the echo typing... Dan Akaka Dan Akaka Dan Akaka! (there, got it out of my system... for now).

by schultzy 2006-08-09 07:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

Lamont's people need to release a poll on a three-way-race pronto.

I'm guessing that he will now be leading by probably double digits. The more ammo the Dems have to convince Joe to bow out, the better.

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-08-09 07:08AM | 0 recs

The Reid/Schumer statement is incredibly lame.

""Joe Lieberman has been an effective Democratic Senator for Connecticut and for America.  But the perception..."

Wake up people, that statement is as close as one can come to an endorsement.  They state as a fact that he's been good for his state and for America, then attribute his loss to a "perception."

They're hedging their bets here in a major way.  We need to get them to do better.

by Go Vegetarian 2006-08-09 07:12AM | 0 recs
They said the DSCC

"fully support(s) Mr. Lamont's candidacy."

That's good enough for me.

Major Democrats should be nice to Lieberman for the next two weeks as they politely ask him to drop out.

by EricJaffa 2006-08-09 07:23AM | 0 recs
Re: They said the DSCC

according to Kos which quotes hotline??? they have appointed Dodd to quietly convince Lieberman to get out of the race which I think is a smart move on their part

by bruh21 2006-08-09 07:26AM | 0 recs
Re: They said the DSCC

Exactly.  The DSCC is supporting Lamont.  Period.

Plus if Reid/Schumer crap all over Lieberman after his loss and while trying to get him out of the race, he is going to be inclined stay in.  It is psychology 101 - sugar works better than vinegar.  Stroke his ego while convincing him to leave.  It makes sense.

by John Mills 2006-08-09 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Lame

why can't we be gracious and accept victory, the DSCC and Reid had exactly the right tone and we should applaud them for doing what they said they would do.

by easternshoredem 2006-08-09 07:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Lame

I just want to say I'm really happy and proud that Democrats across the country are doing the right thing and unifying behind Lamont. Good job guys. If the entire establishment is behind Ned, Joe's independent bid will be short-lived I think. Of course we have to wait until we see polling, but I'm confident that Lamont will be the next senator from Ct.

by AC4508 2006-08-09 07:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Lame

To the contrary, this was a smart move by Reid and Schumer.  There's no point in alienating the 100,000+ Connecticut Democrats who voted for Joe Lieberman.  There's also no point in getting Lieberman's back up.  Allow him to save face; he won't drop his independent bid otherwise.

by kenfair 2006-08-09 08:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Lame

And perhaps most importantly, there's no reason to give his vote to Mitch McConnel for Majority Leader should he win in November.

Always thinking, that Reid.

by dantheman 2006-08-09 08:41AM | 0 recs
Correctly playing the game

Reid should not be punishing Lieberman or trashing him.  Rather he should be patting him on the head the way you do an elderly relative at the nursing home.

Don't give ammunition to Lieberman to pull out some sort of ridiculous martyr card or alienate Conn. voters with perceived further meddling from out of state.

The (wo)man on the street hears "leadership endorses" and that pretty much settles it for them.  Don't complicate matters.


by Caoimhin Laochdha 2006-08-09 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

Edwards is a "national leader"?  What or who does he lead exactly?

by gdtroiano 2006-08-09 07:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

The polls in Iowa.

by philgoblue 2006-08-09 08:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

He's a nationally known Democrat with a following.

Just like Al Sharpton is a nationally known Democrat with a different following, regardless of whether he actually holds office.  

Both have influence.

by admiralnaismith 2006-08-09 08:36AM | 0 recs
by MeanBoneII 2006-08-09 09:08AM | 0 recs
John Edwards heads The One America PAC

by EricJaffa 2006-08-09 07:25AM | 0 recs
Re: John Edwards heads The One America PAC

Right.  Also know as, "A PAC that allows me to run for President again, because otherwise I'm just an unemployed guy."

by gdtroiano 2006-08-09 07:28AM | 0 recs
Re: John Edwards heads The One America PAC

Or the PAC that fights against poverty and tries to put anti-poverty initiatives on the map again in the Democratic Party and America.  And the PAC that's organized $6.5 million in donations to state and national Democratic Party candidates.  Or the PAC that's led the fight to get minimum wage increase referenda on state ballots to improve the lives of Americans and bring pro-Democratic voters to the polls.

by philgoblue 2006-08-09 08:05AM | 0 recs
Re: John Edwards heads The One America PAC
Actually he's employed by both the Fortress Group and is the Director of the University of North Carolina's Center on Poverty and Opportunity.
by philgoblue 2006-08-09 08:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

Hilarious comment from a caller on cspan: "Joe Lieberman, who was almost vice president knows better than anyone else how damaging third party candidacies are to the democrats, and I would hope he drops his independent bid."

by who threw da cat 2006-08-09 07:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

btw, I wonder if liebermanlives is going to change his login name to acknowledge joe's status re: the mortal coil.

by Valatan 2006-08-09 07:44AM | 0 recs
Don't forget Dodd

He's on board now too, with a planned appearance at today's unity rally.

by dwbh 2006-08-09 07:58AM | 0 recs
Yes indeed

This is a victory. I'm glad my money went to good use.

Funny thing is, I'm a moderate democrat, always have been. I'm a smart hawk on defense, always have been. That is why I sent money to Lamont, because I'm a moderate democrat that is strong on a SMART U.S. defense policy.

by Citizen80203 2006-08-09 08:05AM | 0 recs
Re: More on Edwards
John's position from a month before the primary (7 July 2006):
"Edwards on Friday would only say he will support the Democratic nominee in the Connecticut race."
Note that Edwards never supported Lieberman in the primary, he remained neutral. ll/article?AID=/20060708/NEWS09/60708034 2/1056 Elizabeth Edwards on a Lieberman independent bid:
"Let me be clear: we cannot have this."
and went on to say (paraphrasing):
"What kind of Democrat won't support his own party if he doesn't win his primary." t/2006/7/27/215313/411 and today, from the New York Times:
Mr. Lamont said that former Senator John Edwards, the Democrats' vice presidential nominee in 2004, was the first Democratic leader to call him last night. gton/09cnd-campaign.html?ref=washington
by philgoblue 2006-08-09 08:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

Ken Salazar needs some convincing, however. cal/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4903995, ml

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-08-09 08:16AM | 0 recs
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by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-08-09 08:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont

I'm quite happy with the statements of Emanuel and Reid/Schumer.  Not just because they are clear in their support of Lamont, but because both statements show that, finally, finally, the upper echelons of the Democratic Party get it.

It's not just about the war in Iraq.

It's about state-sanctioned torture.  It's about wiretapping without oversight.  It's about a President who says he can disregard any law he doesn't feel like enforcing.

It's about an Administration that demeans this country in the eyes of the world, that loses us friends, and that creates us more enemies.

It's about Osama bin Laden, our failure to prevent 9/11, and our failure to catch him now.

It's about the graft, and the incompetence, and the lack of planning or sense of urgency about the disasters--natural and man-made--we face.

It's about manufacturing intelligence to support cockamamie theories of empire while ignoring the facts about the world that inform good policy.  It's about phony terror alerts, paid-off pundits, and journalists who think their job is to transcribe the words of officials.

It's about Terri Schiavo, and stem cells, and the right to be left the hell alone.  It's about Social Security, and the bankruptcy bill, and the Medicare prescription drug debacle.  It's about the loss of American jobs, and the collapse of the housing bubble, and the ever-increasing tax cuts for the wealthy while the rest of us pay higher prices at the pump.

It's about politicians whose only constituents are the donors who give them money and the interest groups that endorse them.

But most of all, it's about enabling the worst excesses of the far-right-wing with a wink and a nod in the name of "bipartisanship."  It's about Democrats who parrot dishonest right-wing talking points, who can always be counted on to bash other Democrats and talk nice about Republicans.

We fight this only by showing the courage to stand up and stand together, to say that we are proud to be Democrats and that we will not let the thieves, whores, and zealots call us unpatriotic and treasonous while they loot our treasury, divide our citizenry, and desecrate the memory of those who fought and died so we might be free.

That's what it's about.

by kenfair 2006-08-09 08:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont
OK, well how about this: John Edwards was the Democratic nominee for Vice President two years ago as elected by the Democratic Party's Convention. You might remember that.
by philgoblue 2006-08-09 08:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Establishment Unifies Behind Lamont
Thanks for all your insights, but the question has been asked and answered.
by philgoblue 2006-08-09 08:39AM | 0 recs

...he "really does like Edwards," or so he keeps telling us.

by MeanBoneII 2006-08-09 09:03AM | 0 recs
Not token support either

From two weeks ago:

'. . . In the grand scheme and when the history of this race is written, the story will be how well Ned Lamont did in neutralizing opposition from incumbent Senate Democrats in the primary, and how well he cultivated their willing support for him in the general election if it comes down to a Lamont-D vs. Lieberman-Ind. contest.

. . . There is nothing to gain for any of them to be seen meddling in the primary of another state as Sen. Boxer learned.  And she was stumping for the incumbent!  The truth of the matter is that a significant number of the Senate Democrats believe they have more riding on Ned Lamont than even we do since they are the ones being tripped up by Lieberman on a daily basis.

. . . As much as we rightfully complain about the decision by a Senator such as Barbara Boxer to actually hit the ground and campaign, Joe Lieberman is the one who feels (correctly) that the other Democrats in the Senate have left him out on a limb.  Most of the Dem. caucus is pulling for Lamont to win the primary and some are even smart enough to realize that Lieberman's a bigger problem for them than Lamont's campaign could ever be -- even if he tried.  A primary win on Aug. 8th will bring open arms on Aug. 9th by Ned Lamont's future colleagues.

please see entire comment here: 44/84521/26#26

Today, not only are many of the establishment Democrats in D.C. (not the DLC poseur lobbyists, but the ones who actually run for office and represent us) breathing a sigh of relief, many are downright gleeful that one of their biggest thorns and obstacles has been taken out by Ned Lamont.  Lieberman makes the job twice as hard for members who hate being in the minority, and tossing Lieberman is a dream come true for most.

Congratulations Ned!!


by Caoimhin Laochdha 2006-08-09 10:20AM | 0 recs
Marshall Wittmann

If Rahm Emanuel is saying things like that now, is there any chance the DLC will get rid of Marshall Wittmann, who doesn't even claim to be a Democrat and says far worse things than Lieberman? I'm tired of Democratic spokespersons going on TV and trashing Democrats by repeating Republican themes.

by KCinDC 2006-08-09 10:31AM | 0 recs


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