August 17, 2006


Longtime Lieberman Aide Has Joe Punching Back in Connecticut Race (Jennifer Siegel, August 18, 2006, The Forward)

In the days before Lieberman lost in the Democratic primary last week, [Dan] Gerstein, age 39, emerged as one of the senator’s most effective defenders. He offered up verbal punches: “‘There’s a small but vocal pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel and perhaps antisemitic faction of the Democratic Party.” [...]

Now, in the aftermath of Lieberman’s bruising primary defeat, Gerstein has been tapped as the communications director for the senator’s independent general election bid — a hire, some insiders say, that likely signals a more hard-hitting strategy.

“No one has ever accused Dan of being a shrinking violet, and I have to think that his aggressive approach is well-suited to what will surely be a closely fought campaign,” former Lieberman spokesman Adam Kovacevich wrote in an email to the Forward. Kovacevich, who worked with Gerstein both in Lieberman’s Senate office and on the 2004 presidential campaign, added that “near the end of the primary campaign you started to see a more aggressive posture on the part of the Lieberman campaign, in terms of confronting criticism head-on, and I think you’ll probably see more of that in the weeks ahead.”

If you were in the Rove Cave drawing it up on a map you could hardly ask for better than the leading Jew in America accusing the Democrats of being an anti-Semitic party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2006 4:22 PM

Today's Quinnipiac poll of registered voters has Lieberman ahead of Lamont 49-38%. Their poll of likely voters has him up 53-41%. Schlesinger is at 4% in both polls. If he were to drop out most of that vote likely would go to Lieberman.

Posted by: George at August 17, 2006 5:11 PM

The anti-Semitic tone is going to be a big problem for the Democrats, and it isn't going to help Lamont that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are hovering. If he really wants to win, he has to dump them.

Meanwhile, will Bill Clinton continue to support Joe? Despite what Hillary has done?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 18, 2006 11:21 AM

(Lamont) has to dump them (Jackson & Sharpton) ... and when he does, watch candidate Lieberman embrace them.

Posted by: erp at August 18, 2006 11:45 AM


Lamont won't dump them - like all elitist WASPS, he's simultaneously terrified and enamored of them. And who would replace them - Andy Young? Julian Bond? Katrina Vanden Heuval? Tom Hayden?

Posted by: ratbert at August 18, 2006 2:05 PM

The rub is that other than the leftwing moonbats of the African-American persuasion in the Yale faculty lounge, there simply aren't enough Black Nutmeg Staters to help get out the vote, so they have to bring in out-of-town talent.

Anyone know what the racial mix of Connecticut is? I wouldn't be surprised if minorities are among the lowest in the country.

Posted by: erp at August 18, 2006 3:04 PM