August 9, 2006


Lamont's Victory and Lieberman's Insult to Democracy (David Sirota, August 8, 2006, AlterNet)

[I]n his last coughing gasps, Lieberman is now saying he will, in fact, fire off that last spiteful round -- right into the gut of the Democratic Party.

That's right -- Lieberman is announcing he will move forward with plans to abuse loopholes in Connecticut's election laws, ignore Democratic Party voters who voted in our democratic process for change, and mount a Lieberman for Lieberman Independent bid. This, from the guy who went on television after the 2004 presidential race (which was the closer than the Connecticut primary) to declare that "there's no prizes for second place in American politics."

You read that right -- the Senator who says there's "no prizes for second place" and who has in the final days of Democratic primary campaigning been running around claiming that he gets the message and realizes he no longer should enable George W. Bush's right-wing agenda now is saying that he will try to rely on hard-core Republican voters and moneymen in a general election contest in a desperate attempt to hold onto power.

Understand how insulting this is; Connecticut taxpayers just spent a large sum of money to hold a democratic primary election in a country founded on small-d democratic principles.

Because, if democracy means anything it means not letting voters elect the candidate they prefer.

Johnson declares victory over McKinney (Ernie Suggs, Sonji Jacobs, August 9, 2006, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Hank Johnson, the soft-spoken DeKalb County commissioner who forced U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney into a surprising runoff, finished the job Tuesday, decidedly defeating the 4th Congressional District lawmaker in their fierce rematch.

In a race that attracted national attention and a higher turnout than election officials expected at home, McKinney, a six-term Democrat and outspoken critic of the Bush administration, suffered her second defeat in four years. Before the day was out, the incumbent was complaining of voting irregularities, which election officials discounted.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2006 7:46 AM

David Sirota is one very scared man.

(Then again, he probably oughtta be....)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at August 9, 2006 8:09 AM

If he were as morally superior as he tries to protray himself, St. Joe would accept defeat graciously and find out where the Bridgeport State Office of Employment is located. But typical of the Dem mindset, winning isn't the only thing, it's everything, and any behavoir is justified in its pursuit.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 9, 2006 9:41 AM

So in Georgia, the incumbent - who presumably has more control of the election process than her challenger - it is "alleged" that shenanigans went on with voting machines.

Kinda tells you all you need to know about similar complaints in national elections in Florida and Ohio - lame excuses for being rejected by the electorate.

Posted by: obc at August 9, 2006 10:08 AM

Prediction: Lieberman will retire with a faculty appointment and won't run as an independent.

Isn't it amusing that money men are mentioned with the implication that they are Republican, when leftwing megamoneyman Soros and his gaggle of billionaire buddies who financed Lamont and lunatic left websites instrumental in his meteoric rise from an unknown to a slayer of a sitting senator, aren't mentioned at all.

Posted by: erp at August 9, 2006 10:09 AM

"Lieberman..... is firing off 'one last spiteful round' "? LIEBERMAN???

Mr. Pot... Mr. Kettle on line two, regarding your darkening pallor!

Posted by: Andrew X at August 9, 2006 10:34 AM

The people of Connecticut have spoken! (well, er, the Democratic Party people anyway, or at least a little more than half of them). Lamont (after a primary victory) has a mandate far more powerful than President Bush's (after the last national election)! By allowing all voters to determine who will represent them instead of the Democratic party, Lieberman and the "establishment" are giving the finger to American Democracy. The "loophole" should be closed. Only the person who won the primary should be permitted to run (just like with Bob Toricelli)

What an "incredible victory." So much energy and money spent to achieve such a significant change. For the first time in ages, New Jersey will elect a Senator who isn't a democrat. Anyone who notes the small margin of victory is just engaging in spin. This defeat was "crushing."

Harry Reid should do what the Kossites want because they call the shots now. With their support, anyone can be beaten, so long as that candidate is willing to sink millions of his own dollars into a pointless primary race.

So what if this senate battle costs the Dems any chance to focus on races they can actually win. The important principle at stake is party loyalty?

Lieberman is pure scum, a wretched party hack who still owes his loyalty to Enron lobbyists (?). I remember David Sirota's Cassandra-like warnings from six years ago, just like it was yesterday, lamenting what a terrible choice Gore made, and finally concluding that he had to vote for Ralph Nader in spite of Gore's god-like qualities.

As Ezra Klein astutely notes: "[T]he world is not as clear, obvious, and immediate as David Sirota would like it to be. He should stop pretending otherwise."

Posted by: Kevin Bowman at August 9, 2006 10:41 AM

I'm torn with being impressed by the tenacity of the left, and being amused by their political stupidity.

Remember how in 2000 liberals were ticked at Nader for costing them the election by running from the left, and winning 3% of the vote? Now he'd be mainstream. That's right--in half-dozen years they've rejected philosophies that won 49% (and a plurality!) of the popular vote, for those that won 3%.

OK, amusement at their stupidity wins.

Posted by: b at August 9, 2006 11:21 AM

Why would the guy who most in CT want to represent them not run?

Posted by: oj at August 9, 2006 11:33 AM

Because he'll get an offer he can't refuse.

Posted by: erp at August 9, 2006 12:14 PM

W and McCain are making him a better one.

Posted by: oj at August 9, 2006 12:18 PM

We shall see. That's the fun of the game.

Posted by: erp at August 9, 2006 3:05 PM

At least McKinney is gone. Now if only Johnson doesn't get a swelled head and try to run for the Senate in two years, maybe she'll stay gone.

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 9, 2006 5:57 PM