Forgive me. But for those of you that made it this far, I'll add something new - Senator Lieberman's hometown paper blasts the incumbent for his desperate campaign tactics (link)
But this effort at pointing out class differences is an unfortunate tactic for the rest of us. Sen. Lieberman knows -- and if he doesn't, he certainly ought to, having been born and raised in Stamford and nearly a lifelong resident of the state -- that the rest of Connecticut tends to paint Fairfield County with the same broad brush. The same tired note is sounded from Waterbury to Groton: Everyone in Fairfield County is rich; we are elite snobs; we have no real social problems; we can afford and should pay virtually 100 percent of costs for local schools, security and other government services. Meanwhile, thousands of children in our area qualify for free school lunches, the waiting list for federally supported housing programs is huge and many longtime residents can't keep pace with the local cost of living here and are forced to move away.
Ask anyone who serves in the state Legislature in Hartford or any local official who seeks help there. The rest of the state has not a clue about Fairfield County. The stereotypes are alive and well. So it doesn't help when Sen. Lieberman attempts to make distinctions based on wealth between himself and Mr. Lamont. (Never mind that Mr. Lieberman appears to be a millionaire himself, with investments not including two homes that he recently valued at between $500,000 and $2 million.) It also might work against others from our area who also are running for statewide office.
Don't misunderstand the point. This is not the biggest issue in the Lieberman-Lamont campaign and it won't have much effect on the outcome. But the strategy could make Fairfield County's work in Hartford more difficult. It's already tough enough, thanks.
I laughed the moment I heard the first beat. That mix, man oh man, I probably listened to it about 25 times the day it came out. I can never hear enough about the Internet sent by his staff on Friday that he didn't get until Monday.
Can't very well submit a letter for endorsement one day, and then attack Ned's campaign for siding with the "lunatic left" (or whatever other standard GOP talking points there are about MoveOn) the next.
It also means that the PA GOP grassroots is a whole hell of a lot more formidable than anyone could have imagined... thank Pat Toomey, I suppose. I personally think those two races are two of the worst signs of the night for Democrats.