Monday, August 07, 2006

Lieberman Gains on Lamont

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As I posted last week, Jane Hamsher's screw up in portraying Joe Lieberman in blackface may be harming Ned Lamont:

HARTFORD, Conn. -- U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, fighting for his political survival, appears to be cutting into challenger Ned Lamont's lead the day before Connecticut's Democratic primary election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

The poll shows Lamont, a wealthy Greenwich businessman, leading Lieberman 51 percent to 45 percent among likely Democratic voters heading into Tuesday's primary.

Last week's Quinnipiac poll showed Lamont leading 54 percent to 41 percent. Lamont has had a lead in the poll since July 20.

Seven percentage points in one week is impressive. I think Liberman takes this race. Hamsher comments:

Joe has obscene gobs of money he is throwing out on the street, but the Lamont people got an earlier start. Their GOTV effort is being run by experienced Connecticut locals, unlike the Lieberman effort being run by the DC consultants. Let’s hope the consultants deliver the reliably inept service they have for the past decade.

Of course us on the right are pulling for Lieberman. Not just because he's a man who has chosen a (rightful) position and stuck with it ala Zell Miller. We really want to see Kos lose another one and Hamsher get blamed for it. That should really be a good show.

Who would've thought that a run-off election in Connecticut pitting a former VP candidate and an irritating business owner would dictate the course of the Democratic party for this years mid-term elections?

Update: Martin Peretz says it's a coup for the Republicans. But of course the people who would vote for Lamont think a coup occurred in 2000 so it's a double coup!

Update 2: They must be scared, they've hacked Lieberman's website.

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