July 30, 2006


Lieberman's Eroding Base: Many Democratic Faithful Support a Political Newcomer Rather Than the Senator Who Has Not Toed Party Line (Shailagh Murray, 7/30/06, Washington Post)

[A]n insurgency fueled by liberal anger over the senator's support for the Iraq war, coupled with an agile, well-financed campaign by Lamont that capitalizes on that discontent, is threatening to topple Lieberman in the Aug. 8 Connecticut Democratic primary. If he loses, Lieberman is likely to run as an independent in November, drawing on his popularity with Republicans and unaffiliated voters. Yet the stunning turnabout is a cautionary tale of how quickly a political career can unravel. [...]

In an editorial published today, the New York Times endorsed Lamont over Lieberman, arguing that the senator had offered the nation a "warped version of bipartisanship" by supporting Bush on national security.

Lieberman is accustomed to the rough and tumble of politics, and can be combative in his own defense, as he showed during a recent debate. But he said he has been jarred by the intensity of Democratic anger toward Bush -- and, by extension, toward him. Liberal bloggers have called Lieberman a "liar" and a "weasel."

"It's not just opposition to Bush," he said. "The hatred is so deep."

As the story suggests, those who are furious aren't [and weren't] the Senator's base.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2006 9:56 AM

Somehow, come November I doubt people will be saying the senator's career has "unraveled".

Posted by: John` at July 30, 2006 10:18 AM

Met a guy who's done business with Lamont the other day. "Dumb as a brick" was all he would say. BTW, a story in the Waterbury paper reviewed the candidate's tax returns and found charitable contributions of about 5,000 out of an income over 2 million.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at July 30, 2006 10:19 AM

Charitable donations? That's for the little people if they're dumb enough. It's the government's job to do charitable work through the taxes that folks pay, don't ya know.

No different than Al Gore and socialist Bernie Sanders when their tax-deductible donations were revealed to be in the hundreds of dollar.

Posted by: obc at July 30, 2006 11:49 AM

Lamont's charitable family foundation gave out $213,000 last year. This whole "release your tax returns" stunt is an incumbents' protection device.

Posted by: David Cohen at July 30, 2006 12:25 PM

David-I agree regarding the tax return nonsense but the facts are the facts. The 'family trust' stuff is can be a bit 'dodgy' as well.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at July 30, 2006 12:41 PM

The "family trust", like the "charitable foundation", is a way for the excessively rich to protect their wealth from taxes, especially the gov't's estate taxes, while at the same time they can go about declaring that such taxes are too low.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 30, 2006 7:10 PM