You are right, and those are all good questions. I think if we had to do it again, there might have been a different victory speech and we might have found different pressure points re: getting Joe to drop -- or just recognized it wasn't going to happen.
I love you guys, but that vacation thing has been blown out of proportion. If I remember correctly, he was gone for two days (Thursday night after campaigning until Saturday) and came back to do a Sunday show.
And he basically did so under doctors orders. The campaign continued to run full steam ahead and attack Lieberman. I still have the press releases and emails we sent out from that week.
Here's Ned a week after the election in New Haven giving a press conference linking Lieberman and Cheney
Dodd has led throughout the entire campaign on issues people in the netroots care about.
First to co-sponsor Feingold-Reid
First to publicly declare his opposition to the last blank-check supplemental
Corporate Carbon Tax
Always talking about the Constitution and rule of law.
The support for Dodd has been building for quite some time now. It doesn't shock me that supporters of other candidates are threatened by that.
And fact is, no one knew about Dodd before this cycle. His introduction to the netroots came in earnest when he campaigned and shot a commercial for Ned Lamont (a pre-campaign netroots cause, I'd say?). I'd venture to say that if MyDD existed when he authored the Family and Medical Leave Act, people would have been writing about that and gathering support for the bill as well.
And as Dodd's internet director, let me just say that the contributions (in the volume they came) was a shock to me even.