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Victory for Lamont & Victory for Voting!

The results are in and Lamont has achieved a 6 point win over Lieberman. Yesterday's Primary in CT was a victory for Lamont and victory for voting. An estimated 43% of CT Democratic voters went to the polls yesterday. High voter turn was partly attributed to many unaffiliated voters who switched their party affiliation to Democrat so they could cast a ballot in yesterday's primary.

For many of you who are concerned about the prospect of a Lamont/Lieberman rematch in November, here is the one definitive reason why progressives don't have to worry about a 3 way race for the CT US Senate seat in November: Lieberman will drop out and will not run as an Independent. Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but I do believe that even though Lieberman has vowed to run as an Independent in November, I do not think that he will continue his election campaign Disclaimer: Despite the 2000 and 2004 "defeats" I am hopelessly optimistic about elections.

But optimism aside, let's look at the facts. To my current knowledge Lieberman does not have any support from any other state democrats now that Lamont has won the party nomination. How will Lieberman get endorsements? How will he raise funds when the Democratic Party is endorsing Lamont? How will Lieberman run an effective campaign when many Democratic Senators are asking him not to run as an Independent? Cheers to Lamont and cheers to Lieberman's inevitable, final descent from politics, which is hopefully just a few weeks away.

5 comments:

Mark D. Snyder said...

I'm so glad he won because it is one more vote against the war, one more vote in favor of universal health care etc. But I also have to say yet another gazillionaire white guy elected to office, big woop.

Laurel said...

At lest the new gazillionaire was willing to have an unequivocal pro-marriage equality and LGBT civil rights statements prominently placed on his 'issues' webpage. Granted Lamont is untested on LGBT rights, but it's still better than we got from Senator DOMA Lieberman. Couldn't even find 'civil rights' on his web list of issues. Guess civil rights are just too inconvenient right now for certain republicodemocrats.

Mark D. Snyder said...

Don't forget that Leiberman was the candidate that HRC endorsed. It's a good thing they didn't campaign to hard for the gay community to support him or their true colors would have been revealed.

Laurel said...

HRC's strategy isn't always clear to me either. It often looks like a good dose of endorsing semi-pro-lgbt people if they are high enough in seniority. I can see that strategy being argued either way. As far as I can tell we have the same problem we always have - even lgbt-positive pols are willing to jetison our quest for civil rights if it at all becomes inconvenient (TSPE: The Spineless Politician Effect). Funny, isn't it, that the fundies are experiencing the very same thing from many of their 'supporters' in gov't?! Two sides of the same coin. I'm just glad that I've had the experience of meeting politicians with true spine in MA. The state legislators is who I mean. Some of course are jellybacked and/or wheeler-dealers, but many are just amazingly principled when it comes to lgbt issues. Observing them has given me a much-needed reminder that there really are some decent people out there, and they're not all sitting on their hands.

Mark D. Snyder said...

Agreed. 2 words: Byron Rushing. Swoon!