Apparently Ned Lamont supporters were pretty giddy over their win last night. According to some DC-based folks who traveled up to the Connecticut over the weekend to help Lamont, there was much joy in Lamont-land late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning. Joy to the point where some people around the Democratic nominee were calling him, "Mr. Senator." And apparently Lamont was doing anything to dissuade such talk. It's a bit too early for that.
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Anthony Kaufman on World Trade Center over at AlterNet:
"A celebration of authority, God, and president Bush, "World Trade Center" doesn't feel like an Oliver Stone movie. If conservatives were worried that Stone, the director of anti-establishment touchstones "Platoon," "Born on the Fourth of July," and "JFK," would turn this 9/11 movie into a platform for personal politics, he has proved them resoundingly wrong. Instead, Stone delivers the Bush base a jingoistic, All-American all-you-can-eat buffet on a silver platter."
The Kos crowd definitely earned some crowing rights last night with the Lamont win, but the summation of this triumphal post was interesting:
"What tonight showed is that democracy can work. That even the most powerful, entrenched forces can be dislodged by people-power."
This is sort of the Dean Democracy for America premise: The whole American political culture is corrupt, except when we win. America's democracy is ailing and faded, except when we win. Self-funded wealthy candidates are the bane of politics, except when they're our guys.
Kudos to Lamont for fighting an absurdly uphill battle and coming out on the other side victorious. It's an impressive feat, aided, no doubt, by Lieberman's promise to run as an independent and the lack of party loyalty it suggested, but neither he nor Kos fixed democracy last night. Why isn't winning a tough primary enough?
ALSO: Let's hear it for Tabin election night coverage. It's always great and last night was no exception.
"We've just finished the first half, and the Lamont team is ahead -- But in the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forth to victory in November." He's attacking Lamont hard. The independent race is definitely on.
Connecticut // U.S. Senate - - Dem PrimaryAfter the talk in recent weeks of a double-digit blow-out, a result this close is a shot in the arm to an independent Lieberman campaign. So is this.
608 of 748 Precincts Reporting - 81.28%
Lamont, Ned 116,387 51.71% **Winner
Lieberman, Joe (i) 108,683 48.29%