The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, August 07, 2006  

Tomorrow's the Day in Connecticut

It appears tomorrow's Democratic primary in Connecticut will feature a close race between challenger Ned Lamont and incumbent U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. The Hartford Courant today carries an A.P. story, "Lieberman Cuts Into Lamont's Lead," citing a Quinnipiac poll that puts Lamont ahead of Lieberman by 51 to 45 percent among likely voters. Further:

Only 4 percent of respondents said they were undecided and 90 percent of voters who name a candidate say their mind is made up.

John Nichols of The Nation has a good post on his Online Beat blog, "Desperate Measures," that convincingly portrays Lieberman as being a little late to his own Party.

Post-publication addendum: In today's New York Times Patrick Healy and Jennifer Medina report on Lieberman's "last-ditch attempt to explain his support for the war and to win back doubting voters" in "Lieberman Explains His Stance on Iraq":

Mr. Lieberman said that while he believed his vote to authorize the war in 2002 was correct, he now felt a "heavy responsibility" to end the war quickly. He said he wanted to withdraw American troops "as fast as anyone," yet insisted that leaving Iraq now would be a "disaster" that could worsen the sectarian violence there. And while President Bush may share that view, he added, Connecticut voters were free not to.

"I not only respect your right to disagree or question the president or anyone else, including me, I value your right to disagree," he said at a community center in East Haven.

"I value your right to disagree," he says. Well, maybe not so much: "Advisers to Mr. Lieberman said yesterday that he still planned to run as an independent if he loses to Mr. Lamont[.]"

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