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Lamont as a Harbinger of...Something
Posted by: Dale Franks on Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Nation's John Nichols is giddy with delight at Ned Lamont's primary victory over Joe Lieberman.
At the very least, the Connecticut primary became a referendum on how the Democratic Party ought to respond to a war that it has often questioned but never effectively opposed.

If Connecticut said "no" Lieberman and the war, Lamont supporters in the state and beyond its borders argued during the course of the primary campaign, party leaders might finally be forced to develop a coherent opposition message. And if Democrats developed a spine, the reasoning went, the warped politics of a nation that has been manipulated for the better part of a decade by the fearmongering of White House political czar Karl Rove might finally take a turn away from the madness of a latter-day King George.

"A lot of people around the country are looking to Connecticut to see what course they want for this country," Lamont said as his state began voting Tuesday in the most closely watched U.S. Senate primary the nation has witnessed in decades.

What the country saw was a win for an anti-war candidate over one of the most prominent war supporters in the Senate.
And what people who study politics saw was that Joe Lieberman still got 48.2% of the vote in a Democratic primary. I wouldn't be drawing too many conclusions about overwhelming success with the general electorate come November, based on the fact that barely half of Democratic Party voters agreed with Lamont. In fact, I wouldn't even conclude that Lieberman will lose the general election, even running as an independent, based on those numbers.

Extrapolating some miraculous result in Oklahoma or Wyoming based on them is just fantasy.
 
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Extrapolating some miraculous result in Oklahoma or Wyoming based on them is just fantasy.
When you’ve lost as much as the Democrats in the last few years, it’s fantasy that keeps you going.

That’s not to say that their case is hopeless this fall. Both sides seem intent on destroying any credibility they have with the American voter. The GOP turns into big-government cheerleaders, and the Democrats turn into anti-war hippies.

Now, maybe I’m just crazy, but I can’t remember the last time either of those strategies won an election. So this fall looks to be a toss up between two losing strategies. Will the voters give up on the hippies or the cheerleaders first?
 
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A lot of people around the country are looking to Connecticut to see what course they want for this country...
Connecticut? That’s somewhere in England, right?
 
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So the first major win for the nutroots is the defeat of a formerly much respected democratic incumbent. A few more victories like that and they can join Nader battling for single digits in national elections.

Friends of Liebermann are being warned that they are next. So begins the "Reign of Terror" in the democratic party. Having won their revolution the purge of non reliable members by a new committee of public safety begins. Well, we certainly know what happened the last time.

So much for democratic party hopes in November. Karl Rove will be celebrating with steak tonight. This seems to be right out of his playbook.
 
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