Wednesday, August 16, 2006

And The (dead)Beat Goes On

From The Hill, “Democrats are worried that Lieberman may be giving Republicans a golden opportunity to undermine their message.” Well finally, Democratic Senators understand what we on the left have been saying for a very long time. Joe Lieberman is an albatross around the neck of the Party, the sooner we cut him loose, the better. He knows that in order to win in the general election, he will need strong Republican support in Connecticut, so expect to hear more GOP talking points come out of Lieberman’s mouth over the next few months.

Yes, Lieberman is undermining the Democrat’s message, he sounds like a Republican and is using the same tactics to smear Democrats, but this is nothing new. He’s been undermining Democrats for years. His little “gang of 14” ensured that the Supreme Court made a sharp right turn with the addition of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. He has continually helped sell the occupation of Iraq, an occupation that is destroying our country and theirs. As long as he continues to fight for his Senate seat against the Democratic nominee, we should follow David Sirota’s lead and refer to him as the de facto GOP candidate, Joe Lieberman. That’s exactly what he is, hell even the White House and Ken Mehlman are on his side, and why not? Lieberman may be one of the few Republican Senators that has a chance of holding onto his seat come November and a win for Holy Joe is a win for the GOP. That’s not smear, that’s the truth.


Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

The thing about it is that Connecticut is not a strongly Republican state. What's more, independents seem to be anything but kindly disposed toward Republicans right now. To the contrary, most Conneecticut indies are said to be itching to send Bush & Co. a message, and it's not a love note.

So, if Lieberman goes around stressing GOP talking points, he'll be rubbing salt in the wound.

He probably will continue with his lame "we need consensus politics" and "we need a man — me — in the middle" instead of more polarization. I don't think that's going to sell very well either.

Lamont would do well to tell voters Lieberman is about yesterday while he, Lamont, is about tomorrow. Lieberman is about ego, about being a Bush-style privileged character who thinks the rules should just naturally be changed for his benefit, while he, Lamont, is loyal to the Democratic Party, which needs team players now.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Skippy said...

One serious problem in CT is the absolute clown the Republicans have running in this race.

He is polling actually below 10 percent in this three way race. Many Republicans are abandoning him for Leiberman because he is such a loser.

Recently disclosed he has a huge gambling problem with several collection suits from casinos in his recent past. If the Republicans had a decent horse in this race, Lamont can easily win. but with this chump being abandoned by much of his party, it looks like Lamont will have a much harder time winning.

4:03 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Maybe Connecticut Democrats should take a page from Republicans' dirty-tricks manual and form groups to go out and gin up support for the Republican candidate. These operatives could also quietly slip the guy some campaign money.

Maybe these groups could even arrange for at least one GOP big name, Bill Bennett, to come in and campaign for the Republican candidate. The two of them could slip off to the casinos for a little fun between campaign stops.

(All tongue in cheek, of course. Ahem.)

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I think it's somewhat strange that you'd say that Democrats have figured out what 'we on the left' have been saying.

What does being 'on the left' have to do with it? Either Lieberman's an albatross of the party or he isn't. If you label yourself as being 'on the left,' and beyond that do an I-told-you-so, then you're a lefty smartass, more than being a member of the party.

Rhetorically, you're setting yourself up for an uphill battle on the next go-round. Better to just say that you're glad they're coming around.

12:05 AM  
Blogger SM Schwartz said...

The name of the political game is winning. If Lamont loses, his supporters ought to cringe.

If Lamont wins, what then? So far the guy seems like a one issue plus personality candidate .. like a left handed Bushie. IF the war is the only reaosn to vote, Lamont looks OK. But wher eis he on other issues?

If I were his campaign manger, I would switch OFF OF attacks on Joe to attacks on George. There are real issues of all of our rights that GB has violated. Even w/o impeachment, the Congress needs to hold hearings on the war, the economy, energy, etc. Challenging Jo by asking how he would vote on calling an inquiry into Plame would be a good first step.

9:18 AM  

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