Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lamont has already 'won' in Connecticut

I just want to get this on the record before the polls close.

Here's how the Connecticut primary is being reported today:
By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 8, 2006; 5:56 PM

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, his political future on the line in Connecticut's Democratic primary, stumped for votes today in last-minute campaigning to turn back the challenge of a political novice in a race that has become a referendum on the war in Iraq.
If this is a referendum on the war, Lamont does not have to beat Lieberman to send a message to other pro-war or wishy-washy candidates across the country. He's already done that. The message is: Support this war at your own political peril.

Gene McCarthy didn't beat Lyndon Johnson in New Hampshire in 1968. He didn't need to. Lamont doesn't need to win either. But it would be sweet if he did.

UPDATE: Lieberman conceded about 10 p.m. CDT. It was fun to hear the Fox News analysis that Lamont's supporters were the liberal elite and Lieberman's the traditional blue-collar Dems. Who would have thought there were more highly-educated, net-savvy liberal elitists than working stiffs in Connecticut?

RYAN HAS THE TALKING POINTS: Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Repub, has the same talking points as Fox News. He tells WisPolitics he "does not blame Lieberman's support for the Iraq conflict or his close association with President George W. Bush for the loss... My personal prediction is, given that he was so close, I think he will win because the blue-collar Democrats in Connecticut supported Joe Lieberman. It's the wealthy elites that didn't support Joe Lieberman." These folks are in serious denial.


At 10:03 PM, Blogger Michael J. Mathias said...

As of right now Lamont's capturing more than just a metaphor:

Lamont 51.65%
Lieberman 48.35%

It's been that way for Lamont all night, 7000 to 8000 votes ahead.

At 11:39 PM, Blogger neo said...

Let us hope that this is the beginning of the end.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger NUKE said...

So much for the elite not outnumbering the blue collar people.--from Answer.com

"Connecticut is the richest state in the United States of America, with a per capita income of $28,766 (2000) and a personal per capita income of $43,173 (2003). Its median household income is $53,935 (2000), ranked second in the country, and its median family income is $65,521 (2000), the highest in the country. The median value of an owner-occupied housing unit is $166,900 (2000), ranked sixth in the country.

Stereotyped as a bedroom community of New York City, home to the wealthiest of the upper class, and a haven for the preppy lifestyle, Fairfield County is the fifth richest county in America, best known for its "Gold Coast", one of the richest areas of the nation if not the world; the eight towns that comprise the "Gold Coast" have a median household income of $155,655, almost four times higher than the American national average. The New York Post has dubbed the southwestern "Connecti-Cash" panhandle the "epicenter of American wealth." With their close proximity to New York City, these communities, most notably Greenwich, are what make Connecticut famous for its wealth and prestige.

Connecticut is, however, much more than the upscale suburbs of New York. It is the richest state in America, with approximately 83% of Connecticut municipalities above the national average per capita income.


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