Daily Archives: August 10, 2006

“Democrats Back Lamont in Race in Show of Unity “ AdNags declares. But the race is over, dear, and Ned Lamont won.

Oh, I’m sorry, being one of the “Mainstream’s” most important chimney sweeps you can’t possibly regard the race as having been won. Holy Joe and only Holy Joe can be the winner. Everyone says so.

Everyone Republican that is.

“With promises of both money and personal campaign appearances, Democratic leaders rallied yesterday behind the campaign of Ned Lamont, the antiwar challenger who defeated Senator Joseph I. Lieberman in the Connecticut primary, leaving Mr. Lieberman increasingly isolated as he pledged to forge ahead as an independent candidate.
At the same time, Republicans began a concerted effort to use Mr. Lieberman’s defeat to portray Democrats as weak on national defense, reprising a theme that they made central to the last two national campaigns.
The attacks came in searing remarks from, among others, Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican National Committee and Vice President Dick Cheney, who went so far as to suggest that the ouster of Mr. Lieberman might encourage “al Qaeda types.”
“It’s an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party, to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy,’’ Mr. Cheney said in a telephone interview with news service reporters.”

How hilarious. Especially in regard to Ken Kehlman — who on Tweety’s show pointedly delined to say he’ll support the Republican nominee in Connecticut (some soon-to-be-indicted stick insect.) After all why should he? We all know perfectly well who the real Republican nominee is — and he’s running as an “Independent.”

“Howard Dean, the Democratic national chairman, called on Mr. Lieberman to quit the race, and in an interview said he would be disappointed in any Democratic Party leader who continued to support Mr. Lieberman, declaring that they “have an obligation” to support their nominee.
But most Democrats said they would not pressure Mr. Lieberman to step aside for now, saying he was too angered by his loss to accept such counseling”

Quel Baby! Call Dr. Phil.

“and noting that as of now, the Republicans do not have a strong candidate who could take advantage of a fractured Democratic field.”

(See above.)

Mr. Lieberman has said he will vote with the Democratic caucus if he is elected as an independent, a consoling thought for Democrats contemplating a Lieberman victory in November.
“If he wants to talk to me about it, fine,” said Christopher Dodd, Connecticut’s other senator and a Democrat who was one of Mr. Lieberman’s close advisers and friends, who endorsed Mr. Lamont on Wednesday.
“It’s not up to me to call. I regret he made that decision but it’s pretty firm: I don’t think there’s any way to talk him out of it.”

And no reason to either. Let Short Ride stew in his own juice.

“With the Iraq war now dominating the international stage, and Republicans again trying to turn it to their advantage by casting it as central to efforts to protect Americans from terrorism, Mr. Dean and other Democrats pushed back, declaring that voters would not buy the Republican argument in yet another national election.
The attacks came as Republicans are openly alarmed that their party seems to be heading for big losses this November”

Can we hear that again?

“The attacks came as Republicans are openly alarmed that their party seems to be heading for big losses this November.”

“Republican polling has also said that national security is the most effective issue Republicans have to motivate the most loyal voters in their party.
“It’s right-wing propaganda,” Mr. Dean said. “They are beginning to look ridiculous: A majority of Americans now believe that going to Iraq was the wrong thing to do. I think this shows how far out of touch the Republicans are. What you are seeing is the beginning of the end of the Republicans, because a lot of this was a referendum on George Bush’s policies. George Bush is going to take a big hit and a lot of people are going down with him, including Ken Mehlman.”

Oh my stars! I read that as “going down on Ken Mehlman.”

Mr. Lieberman dismissed the significance of the supportive words from the vice president, as well as criticism of his party based on his loss. “That’s not my fault,” he said. “They are not criticizing me for running an independent campaign, they are criticizing Democratic voters for the way they voted.”

No, that would be you, Short Ride. Ned Lamont beat you fair and square. But to delusional narcissist like you there is no fair and square.

There was little question that Democrats were united in their decision to back Mr. Lamont, no matter their apprehensions about his skills as a campaigner, his credentials or some of his ideological positions.”

No, that would be you, AdNags.

“Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who had backed Mr. Lieberman in the primary, said she had donated $5,000 to Mr. Lamont’s campaign and suggested that she was prepared to campaign with him.
Bill Clinton, whose campaign appearance with Mr. Lieberman was described by the senator as an emotional turning point for his campaign, issued a statement affirming his support for the Democratic nominee.”

Right. That’s because they’re Democrats.

Unlike Rape Gurney Joe.

“Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate Democratic leader, and Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the head of the Democratic committee for Senate candidates, described Mr. Lieberman’s loss as encouraging news for Democrats going into the fall elections.
“The perception was that he was too close to George Bush, and this election was, in many respects, a referendum on the president more than anything else,” Mr. Schumer and Mr. Reid said in a joint statement. “The results bode well for Democratic victories in November.”
Mr. Dean, whose brother James was a prominent supporter of Mr. Lamont, said Mr. Lieberman was being “disrespectful of Democrats and disrespectful of the Democratic Party” by saying he would stay in the race as an independent.
“It was decided in Joe’s favor three times and this time he didn’t get the nod,” Mr. Dean said.
Other Democrats, particularly those in the Senate, were notably less aggressive. That reflected the fact that Mr. Lieberman is viewed as having a strong chance of winning the election in November despite his primary defeat. Democrats are looking to avoid doing anything now that might sour their relationships with Senator Lieberman if he is re-elected.”

A “view” based on polling that the Connecticut primary has rendered obsolite. There is no reason to regard Lieberstraum as anything other than a loser. An exceedingly sore loser.

“Several said they thought it was insensitive — and pointless — to call on him to quit now, saying that he might be more receptive to that argument later if polls show he is heading for what would be a second defeat
That strategy could change if Republican officials succeed in persuading the party’s Senate candidate, Alan Schlesinger, who entered the race at a time when Republicans thought they had no chance to unseat Mr. Lieberman, to step aside and persuade some better-known and better-financed Republican to run.”

Or better still a new Republican named Lieberman.

“Throughout the day, Republicans issued statements calling on Democratic challengers in some of the most contested elections to renounce Mr. Lamont.”

Well now isn’t that special? So nice you’re so concerned.

“This is a defining moment in some ways for the Democratic Party,” said Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, in his opening remarks at the White House news briefing yesterday. “I know a lot of people have tried to make this a referendum on the president; I would flip it. I think instead it’s a defining moment for the Democratic Party, whose national leaders now have made it clear that if you disagree with the extreme left in their party they’re going to come after you.”

What the fuck do you care about the Democratic party, Snow job?

“In fact, the vast majority of Democratic Party leaders supported Mr. Lieberman in the primary, and did not endorse Mr. Lamont until after the results were in.”

Did they now, AdNags. Well so much the worse for them. Now, of course, they can make up for their poor judgement.

“Mr. Cheney offered warm praise for Mr. Lieberman, who was his opponent for vice president in 2000, though he said he did not want his remarks to be construed as an endorsement of Mr. Lieberman.”

Even though that’s precisely what it is.

He cast Mr. Lieberman’s loss in ominous terms, suggesting that it would hearten American terrorist enemies. Terrorists, he said, are “betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task.
“And when we see the Democratic Party reject one of its own, a man they selected to be their vice presidential nominee just a few short years ago, it would seem to say a lot about the state the party is in today.”

But he’s not “one of our own.” He’s one of yours. He’s this year’s Zell Miller. One screams the other sobs.

But hey, Joe — maybe you could sing?

“There’s got to be a morning after
If we can hold on thru the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let’s keep on looking for the light.

Oh can’t you see the morning after?
It’s waiting right outside the storm
Why don’t we cross the bridge together
And find the place that’s safe and warm.

It’s not too late, we should be giving
Only with love can we climb
It’s not too late, not while we’re living
Let’s put our hands out in time.

There’s got to be a morning after
We’re moving closer to the shore
I know we’ll be there by tomorrow
And we’ll escape the darkness
We won’t be searching anymore.

There’s got to be a morning after
(There’s got to be a morning after)
There’s got to be a morning after
(There’s got to be a morning after)
There’s got to be a morning after
(There’s got to be a morning after)
There’s got to be a morning after
(There’s got to be a morning after)
There’s got to be a morning after
(There’s got to be a morning after)
There’s got to be a morning after
(There’s got to be a morning after).”