The Spectacle Blog

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.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish…

By on 8.9.06 | 10:48AM

Our friends at RedState have made the transformation from .org to .com. And to launch the site this week, with all its new-fangled techno-features, be sure to check out the Rush Limbaugh podcast (available on the home page and part of the RedState Radio Podcast Series). New site coordinates:


By on 8.9.06 | 9:52AM

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.

Oliver Stone, Jingoist

By on 8.9.06 | 9:24AM

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."


Democracy Works….When We Win

By on 8.9.06 | 9:11AM

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.