Now I ain't sayin she a gold digga
This New Haven Advocate interview with Lieberman challenger Ned Lamont tries to paint him as cool and salt of the earth, but to my ear he just sounded like a typical fake politico. When he claims he's a big Kanye West fan, I'm reminded of this Courtney Love moment at a Hollywood fundraiser:
Gore comes up and goes, 'I'm a really big fan',' said Love. 'And I was like, 'Yeah, right. Name a song, Al'.' The answer came limply back: 'I can't name a song, I'm just a really big fan.'I'd like to hear Lamont's favorite Kanye track.
Or take this bit about the strikes at the Sikorski plant (one of the last big manufacturers in southern Connecticut):
Lamont says that if he were senator, he'd go to management and speak up for the workers' ultimate loyalty. "I'd say, "They've been working for you for many years.' I'd keep going back and say, "They want to stay.'"Yeah, right. Name the last time a senator got involved in a labor dispute, Ned. "I can't name a time, I'm just a really big fan of The People."*
Overall, Mr. Lamont strikes me as oleaginous. Still better than Lieberman, though. A rotted pumpkin as Senator would be better than Lieberman.
Unfortunately, according to the Hartford Advocate,
Even if Lamont decides to run and does draw interest among registered Democrats, could he get the support of the local Democratic Party activists who will attend the primary convention? Fairfield University politics professor John Orman said that to get on the primary ballot so voters have a chance to pick him over Lieberman, Lamont would first need to receive the support of 15 percent of the town committee members who are convention delegates.
Orman, who briefly ran against Lieberman last year until it was clear he had little support, said he´s only heard of two or three Democratic Town Committee chairs who have spoken up against Lieberman, out of some 200 town committees. The strong institutional resistance to challengers helps explain why Lieberman is in his 18th year as senator and will probably serve another six years.
* He might say this in my counterfactual.
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