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Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Ned Lamont was on the Colbert Report two nights ago.

As a Connecticut native who's been spending some time there lately, I don't know what to think about Lamont's campaign. The Kos TV ad was, at best, a misfire (my mother, who follows these things closely and even reads Daily Kos, thought that in the ad he was Lamont's son or something, and just didn't get the point of it -- if she didn't recognize Kos's face, how many other CT voters would?). I much preferred the TV ad with the inner city students Lamont taught for a couple years. Chatting about it with New Haveners (at the former Willoughby's on York Street), I got the sense that that ad actually had some impact on their impression of Lamont's character. But as the excellent Tom Gogola at the New Haven Advocate asked, what's with Lamont's scary talk on North Korea?

The NY Times, of course, just came out with a Lamont endorsement, and, more importantly, I think I've already written about how in the 90s I had shabbos with the Liebermans and got into a huge fight with their smug, dickhead son. I'm inclined to vote against Holy Joe, but Lamont is still a bit of a cipher.


  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    this post, btw, was just an excuse to see if anybody has any thoughts about lamont and lieberman...

  • At 11:01 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    North Korea probably is a threat at some level, not because they'd ever attack us but because they're desperately broke, they have nukes, and who knows what kind of compunction they'd have about selling the technology or maybe even the bombs themselves. They already traded missile technology to Pakistan to get information on how to build nuclear weapons. Also, North Korea actually has or could soon have nuclear weapons, where Iraq didn't even have a nuclear weapon program.

    Even so, I don't think they're a very serious threat.

    As for Lamont, I don't have any real insight on the race except that he can't possibly be worse than Lieberman, and that it's significant in and of itself that a challenge from the left can strike real fear into anyone, anywhere in a significant race. It's been a long time since a challenge from the left was anything but a throwaway protest gesture.

  • At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Antid Oto said…

    Holy frickin' hell. A thirteen-point lead.

  • At 12:40 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Yeah, a lot of pundits early in Lamont's candidacy said stuff along the lines of "if this goes anywhere it'll just encourage midterm election candidates to pander to the radical left" and it's like, excellent. About fucking time.

    But on CSPAN a couple weeks ago, some Clintonite was trying to paint Lamont as a fake liberal, to the right of Lieberman on a lot of important issues. I haven't followed closely enough to determine how much there is to that characterization.

  • At 12:42 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    wow, 13 points. i don't think anybody saw that coming.

    and quinnipiac is one of the more reliable pollsters.

    incidentally, i grew up across from the quinnipiac river. but as my friend caroline said about astral projection yesterday, that's neither here nor there.


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