Tuesday, August 01, 2006

My Next Endorsement

Conn. Senate candidates begin final push

31 July, 2006

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press Writer 30 minutes ago

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - After swaying gently to the hymn "God Will Take Care of You," Ned Lamont went the pulpit and asked congregants at the Messiah Baptist Church to break from a three-term incumbent and support his bid for U.S. Senate.

A few miles away, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman urged those in the Iglesia Cristiana Buen Pastor parish to vote in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary for someone they like and trust.

Lieberman and Lamont are locked in a tight primary race. The most recent Quinnipiac Poll showed Lamont with a slight lead over Lieberman, 51 to 47 percent among likely voters. The survey‘s sampling error margin is plus or minus 4 percentage points. The senator held a 14-point lead in June.
Look, I agree with Alex over at Martini Republic this is hardly the most important race in either the Senate or the House this year, but it is the next race to be decided.

I like Joe Lieberman. He's funny, knowledgable, and seems genuinely like someone I could talk to at a dinner party for a while about a whole host of things. He reminds me of so many friends I laready have: articulate, intelligent, well-read and well-informed.

And while I disagree with Senator Lieberman, I can respect his position on issues such as Iraq as being from his heart and not from some "cookie cutter focus group" (that's not to imply that Ned Lamont suffers from that).

Call it a kiss, call it a whisper in the ear, Lieberman didn't exactly endear himself to the Democratic rank and file by cozying up to the President so blatantly. Neither was his comment, à la Britney Spears, that we should just, like, trust the President because, you know, we're in a war and we elected him to do this jobbbbbbb, omigod!

Or words to that effect. Aside from this issue, Lieberman has demonstrated an annoying habit of being wrong on other important issues. Like Judge Sam Alito, and opposing the filibuster effort so vociferously. Or supporting school vouchers and the administration's energy "bill" (really, a hand out to Big Oil).

I can't in good conscience support this decent man, not in a time when elections are stolen and political knives are being sharpened.

Vote Ned Lamont on August 8th. He sees what I see: America's problems at home can't be solved with a war abroad that we started.