Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Time to go Joe

On August 8th, 2006 Connecticut Democrats will have a chance to clean house when they hold their state primary. If incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman loses the primary to challenger Ned Lamont, Lieberman is leaving open the possibility of running as an independent candidate. If he does this, he might be able to rely on the support of moderates in both parties who are still in his camp.

This kind of double dipping hedge play reminds me of the infamous presidential election in 2000 when he ran for both vice-president, and his seat in the Senate. Connecticut has a quirk in its election law that allowed him to run for both offices simultaneously.

If he and Gore had pulled it off, he would have given up that Senate seat to go sit in the vice president's mansion. If that had happened, John Rowland, the Republican governor of Connecticut, instead would have gotten to appoint Lieberman's replacement -- a Republican, naturally. He did this in a year where control of the Senate was paramount. In my opinion, that was a selfish and disloyal move.

In public statements and a newspaper column, Lieberman has argued that Bush has a strategy for victory in Iraq, has dismissed calls for the president to set a timetable for troop withdrawal, and has warned that it would be a "colossal mistake" for the Democratic leadership to "lose its will" at this critical point in the war.

- Joseph Lieberman was a strong supporter of the 2001 Patriot Act with no revisions whatsoever.

- He was the only New England Democrat to vote for the Bush/Cheney energy bill. A bill that included $8.1 billion in tax breaks, as well as more than $80.8 billion in authorized or directed spending benefiting the large energy companies. This same bill allowed oil companies to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

- Vice President Cheney has called Joe "a fine U.S. senator".

In 2006, the Democratic voters of Connecticut will have another choice come election time. From what I have seen so far, there is someone who better embodies the current values of the Democratic party. His name is Ned Lamont.

I am a New York Democrat, so I obviously can’t vote for either of these guys. I firmly believe that everyone should make up their own mind, and I don't think that anyone should tell someone else how to cast their vote.

However, if you are a Connecticut Democrat, I think you should take the time to watch the July 6th debate between Ned Lamont and incumbent Joseph Lieberman. Listen to what they have to say, and then make a point to go vote for your favorite on August 8th.


Blogger LETS TALK said...

Well the sign has been on the walls for some time now as to what happens to to Senator Joe Lieberman. We know how he feels about the war in Iraq and as your you tube video shows how and where hs vote for energy went.
Now Ned Lamont, the small cable company owner and Greenwich businessman seems to be in the drivers seat in Connecticut and probly will cause Lieberman to run as an Independan.
I have no vote there and just hope that anyway it turns out, the Dems walk away with the votes neede for the Senate.

3:04 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

Look, lets be real..Conn is one of the highest income per capita states in the US. They are repubes in sheeps clothing. they want to seem all warm and fuzzy towards social issues but they just go along with every other issue.The war isn't a social issue to them..and the war on terror..many of them most likely lost a loved one or friend in 9-11..the odds are pretty good. I think its going to take alot to get Lamont into office over Joey..the polls are still in Joey'sfavor right?

4:05 AM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

Last poll taken:

40% Lamont
46% Lieberman

One debate and 33 days to go.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Excellent post. I live in Georgia, so unfortunately I can't vote for Lamont, either - but I've been talking him up to my CT friends.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Kora said...

When we did get attacked why didn't bush say that we were going over to Iraq to go kick their ass for bombing us? I don't get it. Why cover up the real reason we went over their other than of course for the oil. It probably wasn't politically correct was it. Oh damn too bad that we have to be politically correct and cover up the real reason we went over there. We went over to get free oil and to kick their asses for bombing us.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

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3:40 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...


Telling the truth about anything in not George Bush's strong point. I am still trying to find something that is Bush's strong point. The man cannot even successfully ride a segway.

I am being serious.

You could argue that the US went to war with Iraq to avenge the attempt that Saddam Hussein made on George Bush's dad (Sr.).

You could also argue that we went into Iraq to establish a military presence centrally in the Middle East.

You could certainly argue that we went into Iraq to grab a large portion of the world oil production.

Unless you are aware of an incident that I am not, Iraq did not bomb us. A terrorist group called Al-Qaeda attacked us with our own passenger planes on 9/11/01. Bush would have you believe that Al-Qaeda and Iraq had something to do with one another, but they did not at that time. In a Saddam ruled Iraq, terrorists were killed as quickly as the guy drawing funny glasses on the painted murals of Hussein.

Al-Qaeda does operate there now, along with Hamas and several other smaller terror groups, because there is a power vacuum in Iraq. This situation exists now that we have eliminated Saddam and his sons. This vacuum currently cannot even be filled by the 130,000+ brave men and women of our military that are there now.

A little known fact is that in 1990 when Iraq had invaded Kuwait, Saddam’s army sat poised on the border with Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden offered Al-Qaeda’s assistance and protection to the royal family of Saudi Arabia. They turned him down in favor of the assistance of another country. That country, as I am sure you know, was the United States of America. Gulf War … enters stage left.

Prior to 2003, Iraq had about as much in common with Al-Qaeda as George W. Bush has with an intellectual.

3:44 PM  
Blogger LaineyWorld said...

Unless the Dems can resurrect John F. Kennedy, I think we're pretty much screwed in the next presidential election. Although a majority of Americans are tired of this war and want our troops home, I still fear that the hard-line and Bush supporting Repubs will spew some more pretty lies to feed to a public that's numb and asleep at the wheel. I've said many times before I'm not a religious person, but I really do sometimes wonder "What Would Jesus Do?"

10:23 PM  
Blogger Kora said...

I really don't know much about politics all i know is that their is one underlying driving force. "Money!"

1:14 AM  
Blogger Melody said...


He is such a disappointment .. as are many Dems..

I don't understand the lack of gumption and drive and willingness to goto any length to change the direction of this country. I am afraid. It's strange, because my husband actually says he likes Lieberman... and I ask him why.. can he give me any reason (other than his feeling connected to him as jew..)..

of course, he's just saying out loud what he's voting for.. it seems many of the dems are hiding behind nothingness and really stand for very little.


Hopefully good ole joe will find himself out of a job so someone else with balls can take his place.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Kora said...

i agree with Melody, although i dont' know who you are talking about but i know dems and repubs and all that. Plus i know a bit about balls. Maybe i should stop posting, since i know nothing of politics....

11:52 AM  
Blogger anne altman said...

i love how he runs away from the thing in the last picture, like, "what, i didn't just crash it, what? i was just happened to be springing into action"

2:04 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Great post (and thanks for visiting my blog).

I have to admit (with all due respect to America) that sometimes, I'm so glad to be Canadian. I mean, my government has done a LOT of shameful things - but there's not nearly as much blood on the hands of our Prime Minister as there is on Bush's.

Anyway - great, great post!

2:06 PM  
Blogger the fourth person said...

Vice President Cheney has called Joe "a fine U.S. senator".

that's all i needed to hear.

sometimes i wish i were canadian too sonya.

2:31 PM  
Blogger meesh said...

WHy on Earth doesn't he just change teams officially? If Leiberman's a Democrat, then I'm a right wing christian conservative. (sigh)

I hope the voters can get organized and make some changes there. All poitics is local, right? I just took a great Poli Sci calss and we learned all about how hard it is to defeat an incumbant candidate. Maybe Conn. can be the exception that proves the rule.

4:09 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

I'm very Jewish... and i also do admit that i have some trouble with Joe...

2:57 AM  

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