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Is the bloom off the Lamont rose?
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, October 07, 2006

Despite the Netroots crowing about beating Joe Lieberman in the CT Democratic primary, it appears their candidate is all but politically moribund:
Democrats around Connecticut and in DC are concluding that Lamont has gone in two months since his primary victory from triumphant insurgent to stymied novice. His campaign was largely somnolent for the five weeks after the August 8th primary. Lamont ignored whatever opportunities they were for a bounce after he shook Connecticut and the nation’s political class with his 4 point victory on a record turnout.

Lamont’s busiest activity since August has been writing fat checks to his campaign. He’s chugging toward $7 million. National Democrats, who were expected to close ranks around Lamont and send him some dough, have gone AWOL. Senator Chris Dodd, crucial in breathing some life into Lieberman’s campaign late in the primary battle, has not been much in evidence.

John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, and Wesley Clark are the best Lamont has mustered onto to the trail for him so far. People are wondering where the Clintons are. Their absence is a sure sign that Lamont is not seen as a winner. Hillary Clinton appeared in Fairfield County on Friday, October 6th, but there’s no word on returning for Lamont.
There's a lot to be said about incumbency and a constituent record when running for the Senate. And it helps if you're more than a one issue candidate. Apparently other Dems have figured out that Lamont is going nowhere despite spending $7 million and are just not showing up anymore. Lieberman has a solid 10 point lead.
High profile debates may be the Greenwich scion’s last chance to grab some momentum. This did not prove his best forum in his one encounter with Lieberman in July. A confident performance will be expected of him now that he’s been around the track.
If Joe Lieberman is smart he'll note that he's debated Lamont once and sees no reason to have another one. Given the way this is going, the Netroots may be in line to keep their election record perfect (seeing as primary wins don't put your candidate in Congress).
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Maybe the message has been sent, and thus no more resources need to be spent.
Written By: Harun
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Heh - which message - that candidates should become independents?
Written By: looker
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Lamont’s busiest activity since August has been writing fat checks to his campaign. He’s chugging toward $7 million.
Is this an example of the "decentralization" and allowing "indivduals relative parity" that campaign fincance reform has supposedly provided?
Written By: err
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fincance -> finance
Written By: err
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I said when Lamont defeated Lieberman that they got themselves in a difficult spot. Yes, it meant a "victory" for the netroots crowd. Had Lieberman, like a good little Democrat, walked away, Lamont probably would have won in Connecticut in a landslide.

But, alas, Lieberman ain’t goin’ out like that. And now, running as an independent, if he beats Lamont (as it looks like will happen), it proves that the country isn’t really as far left as the netroots crowd believes. They’re snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Either way, for those of us not from CT, it sure makes for a good show!
Written By: Brad Warbiany
But....but when Lamnot beat Lieberman in the primary, I heard lots of crowing that it was a bellweather about the war and Bush.

Now that Lieberman is winning- silence.

Dems don’t take either house in Nov.
Written By: Shark
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The message is that you must oppose the Iraq war.

Seems like it ain’t selling. You know, the American people may be tired, but maybe their will is not as weak as we think.

Stay the course.
Written By: Harun
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Lamont needs to film another commercial with Kos. That’ll bring ’em running in droves. /sarcasm
Written By: Joab
And now, running as an independent, if he beats Lamont (as it looks like will happen), it proves that the country isn’t really as far left as the netroots crowd believes.
Aw, come on. Just means the election was stolen.

Carl Rove / Diebold are making the decision here. They don’t just select a Republican ’cause then it would be way too obvious. And Lieberman is obviously a Rove plant—they have to photoshop out the puppet strings in every picture of the guy.

Wake up and smell the crude oil & greed.
Written By: Don
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