November 1, 2006


In Lamont Race, Bitter Democrats Do Pre-Mortems: Lieberman Seems to Hug Big Lead in Connecticut; Ned Speaks in Past Tense; Lefties Blame Wolfson; Brazile: Bloggers ‘Give You Wind But Not Sail’ (Jason Horowitz, 11/6/2006, NY Observer)

Down more than a dozen points in the polls, Mr. Lamont has practically become a self-financed candidate, pouring $12.7 million of his own money into his campaign to compensate for lackluster fund-raising. He is sorely missing the grassroots fervor and national attention he enjoyed early on, when he was the darling of the blogosphere and the bellwether of Democratic politics. Mr. Lamont is making a last-ditch effort to refocus his message on Iraq and regain his prior momentum, but it seems to be too little, too late.

Democratic strategists and consultants, some of them sympathetic to the campaign, are already talking about it in the past tense.

“I think it was possible for Lamont to pull it off,” said Bob Shrum, a veteran political analyst. “There were moments right after the primary where it was basically a tied race.”

The apparent end of the much-ballyhooed Lamont phenomenon is causing a great deal of soul-searching and recrimination in all corners of the Democratic Party.

You could almost feel sorry for the guy, if only he had enough personal insight to realize that the left just used him try and teach Joe Lieberman a lesson.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2006 9:37 PM

I just got off a teleconference w/Judy Biggert.

Automated dialing called me and you could ask questions.

A lot of people thought it was a good idea.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 1, 2006 9:49 PM

Not only is he being ued, he's paying for the privilege.

There's 1 born every minute.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 1, 2006 9:58 PM

It's nice to know Shrum thought the race was winnable, eh?

Posted by: kevin whited at November 1, 2006 10:04 PM

Shrum's gotta be a secret Republican, no?

Has any one man done more to drag the Democrats down over the course of a career?

He's truly an astonishing figure.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 1, 2006 10:19 PM

Has Bob Shrum ever been the chairman of a winning campaign?

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 1, 2006 10:45 PM

Is Shrum going to chair Kerry '08?

Posted by: ratbert at November 1, 2006 11:14 PM

A poll of Democrats says they want Bobby Knight to chair Kerry.

Posted by: oj at November 1, 2006 11:22 PM

I guess you people forgot that Lamont defeated Lieberman in the Democratic primary. Only Sore Loserman refused to do the right thing and accept defeat graciously and leave the race.

Posted by: Roderick at November 2, 2006 12:11 PM

The gracious thing is to serve the majority of his state.

Posted by: oj at November 2, 2006 3:49 PM

Serving the majority of his state -- Baloney! The GOP should have mounted a stupendous campaign and put both Loserman and Lamont out in the trash.

Posted by: erp at November 2, 2006 7:06 PM

[Sorry, no profanity here.]

Posted by: legaleagle at November 2, 2006 11:13 PM
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