The Spectacle Blog

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.

Lieberman Concedes— But…

By on 8.8.06 | 11:24PM

"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.

Drudge Calls the Race in CT

By on 8.8.06 | 10:39PM


Connecticut // U.S. Senate - - Dem Primary
608 of 748 Precincts Reporting - 81.28%
Lamont, Ned 116,387 51.71% **Winner
Lieberman, Joe (i) 108,683 48.29%
After 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.

Other Races to Watch

By on 8.8.06 | 8:45PM

In Michigan, incumbent Republican squish Joe Schwarz is facing a challenge from Club for Growth-backed conservative Tim Walberg, and could very well lose. Official results from that race will appear here. CfG also has a dog Colorado's 5th district, where they back Doug Lamborn in the Republican primary. (I can't find a results link for that one at the moment, but I'll add one if I can.) UPDATE: Here's a link that'll have results for CO-5 (as well as the contested Democratic primary in CO-7).