The Spectacle Blog

Re: Lamont, Good for Republicans…

By on 8.9.06 | 3:14PM

David, your point is well taken, but one thing to keep in mind is that it isn't Lamont alone who matters, it's that Lieberman's defeat in the primary shows Democratic leaders that they will have to pay more attention to the far left of the party. Even if Lamont doesn't stand a chance in November, Democratic leaders will give more lip service to the loony left. In a joint statement with Chuck Schumer today, Harry Reid said:

"the perception was that he was too close to George Bush and this election was, in many respects, a referendum on the President more than anything else. The results bode well for Democratic victories in November and our efforts to take the country in a new direction."

The thought of a Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who is more beholden to the far left taking America in "a new direction" will, I think, motivate many conservatives, even if they are disgusted by the current crop of Republicans in Washington.


By on 8.9.06 | 1:26PM

The real winner yesterday? American football, not exactly a cut-and-run sport. When Joe Lieberman wins his fourth term next November, people will remember his comeback was launched with his brilliant football reference to the effect that while Lamont might have won the first half of the game, he'll win the second half.

Meanwhile, yesterday the NFL owners selected a new commissioner, who survived a treacherous election process a lot more worthy of the Vatican than of a lowly small state at its primary stage -- 185 original candidates, five election rounds. From all accounts, new commish Roger Goodell is tougher than his late father, a cut-and-run Republican when such a thing was still imaginable. But that's another story.

RE: Lamont: Good for Republicans…

By on 8.9.06 | 1:02PM

...Bad for Conservatives

Phil: I wouldn't be so pessimistic. I think the frustration among alienated GOP voters is so intense that one victory by the far left is not enough to motivate them. They might be motivated if the left wins a lot more, but do you see any other such high-profile races out there? I don't.

Furthermore, this will likely prove a pyrrhic victory for the far left. Chances are Lieberman will win in November, and Lamont will only ever see the inside of the Senate as a tourist. As November approaches, it will become clearer that Lamont doesn't have a chance, and whatever alarm that currently exists among the GOP base will dissipate.

It's going to take a lot more Ned Lamonts before those disaffected GOP voters hold their noses and return to the voting booth this November.

Rahm a Lang a Ding-dong

By on 8.9.06 | 12:13PM

Apparently D-Triple-C chairman Rep. Rahm "Twinkletoes" Emanuel is singing from Daily Kos's songsheet given his quote in the New York Times today about the Connecticut race: "This shows what blind loyalty to George Bush and being his love child means."

Kos is now calling for Lieberman to be stripped of his committee assignments. Sens. Reid and Schumer have officially dumped Lieberman, pinning his loss to the support of the war. Reid, we are reliably told, has again reached out to former President Bill Clinton to intercede on the party's behalf to talk Lieberman out of an independent run.

Lamont:Good for Republicans, Bad for Conservatives

By on 8.9.06 | 12:02PM

As has been noted before, a Ned Lamont victory is a gift to Republicans. With the anti-war left having taken over the Democratic Party while America is in the midst of a long-term struggle with radical Islam, it can only guarantee many Republican electoral successes in the future. How is this bad for conservatives?

The New ‘Comeback Kid’

By on 8.9.06 | 11:11AM

By immediately vowing to run as an independent in last night's concession speech and declaring the Democratic primary merely the "first half" of the campaign, Joe Lieberman seems to have done an effective job of minimizing the impact of what could have been portrayed as an embarrassing defeat. Instead of writing his political obituary today, the story has already shifted to his run as an independent.

Be Afraid: Be Very Afraid

By on 8.9.06 | 11:04AM

But only if you're a Dem and one of the few who haven't entirely lost your mind. Michael Moore's letter to the Dems - not just gloating about Lamont's victory, but launching into La La Land about it -- is a thing of beauty. The money quote:

Let the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman send a cold shiver down the spine of every Democrat who supported the invasion of Iraq and who continues to support, in any way, this senseless, immoral, unwinnable war. Make no mistake about it: We, the majority of Americans, want this war ended -- and we will actively work to defeat each and every one of you who does not support an immediate end to this war.

He ends, of course, with a parallel threat to Republicans, saying, "We'll take care of you this November." Scared yet?

Note to the aforementioned few sane Dems. Give us a call. We can work something out. Trust me. You have nowhere else to go.