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Lamont's Absurd Victory

Right now there is probably a tremendous amount of gloating going on in the leftist blogosphere over Ned Lamont's primary victory over Joe Lieberman. I wouldn't know, I rarely venture there, but I can say with certainty that the Nutroots will misconstrue this 'moral victory' for the real thing. This isn't even a win for Kos & The Gang, this is merely a shot at the title later in November (a contest the Democrats will lose by the way). Thus Lamont's primary victory is a triple whammy for the dems: the Democrats lose a seat in the Senate, the entire nation now sees the Democratic party for the shrinking tent it really is, and the choice this November is laid out in even starker relief.

How pathetic really, that the Nutroots' only victory is a democrat beating a democrat. Their desperation for victory will no doubt lead the liberal pundits to conclude that a New England leftist winning a democratic primary is somehow a kind of national referendum on the War in Iraq, with the Democrats ascendant (naturally). There are signs that the Democrats might win one or both houses of Congress this fall, but Lamont's win ain't one of 'em.

Let's see how far this re-McGovernization (and McCarthyism) of the party goes. I wish upon the Nutroots all the influence and publicity they crave.

Update: Is Lieberman going to caucus with the Democrats? Ace thinks Kos might push Joe completely over to the dark side.

P.S. Would the Republicans even want Lieberman?

The liberal group Americans for Democratic Action gave Lieberman’s 2003 voting record a “liberal quotient” of 70 (out of 100), putting him only slightly to the right of center in a caucus in which six members earned a 75 while Nebraska’s Ben Nelson clocked in at 45. Harry Reid, the Democrats’ new leader, had an identical score to Lieberman’s.

The American Conservative Union, meanwhile, gave Lieberman a zero for 2004 and 2003, offering him a lifetime 17. This puts him to the left of uncontroversial Democrats like Blanche Lincoln (21), Thomas Carper (18), Tim Johnson (20), and, again, Reid (21). Indeed, in 2002 and 2003, Lieberman scored slightly to the left of John Kerry and John Edwards.


Posted by Ken McCracken · 9 August 2006 04:54 AM