Wednesday, August 09, 2006

 

Yesterday's Elections

I think the heavily highlighted races give reason for optimism. First Lieberman/Lamont.

Unbowed, Lieberman immediately announced he would enter the fall campaign as an independent. Only six years ago, Lieberman was the Democrats' choice for vice president.

"As I see it, in this campaign we just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead. But, in the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward to victory in November," Lieberman said after congratulating Lamont.

It is possible Lieberman could change his mind in the next few days. If he disappears and rumors spread of heavy Democratic pressure to quit then he might. I think Joe knew he was going to lose but had a certain number in his mind which he would take as comformation that his loss was driven by national politics, not how the average Conn. citizen thinks of him.

Lamont won with 52 percent of the vote, or 144,005, to 48 percent for Lieberman, with 134,026, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

A measly four percentage points is not enough to scare a sitting Senator. After a long period of time in office senators start to forget of themselves as Republicans or Democrats and I know Joe has crossed the threshold from partisan to national celebrity politician.

What this election says about national politics is that voters on both sides will turn out for an important election and that even in their own party the anti-war crowd is a weak majority. Enough strong defense Democrats exist that an explicitly pacifist presidential candidate does not have a chance. Which leaves the democrats exactly where they were in 2004, they must be vague about the war on terrorism for fear of alienating either side. Wishy-washy, flip-slopping candidates don't win.

Second, in Georgia the good people of Dekalb county had the taste to return Cynthia McKinney to retirement and, although, this will take away a leading nutcase which the Republicans could use to highlight the Democratic party it was a good thing for out nation. McKinney represented the worst aspects of the unhinged Democratic party and she was an embarrasment to her party and our nation. The fact that Democrats can recognize inappropriate behavior in a very high profile public figure will tend to dampen the over the top rhetoric coming out of the mouths of some Democratic politicians. Maybe.

Update:

A little honesty about political vandalism from the KosKids.

HotAir is all over the CT. election with videos.

WP, NYT, and RealClearPolitics weigh in. (Via RCP.) The meme is that this wasn't a loss for Lieberman Sore Loserman, it was a loss for the Democratic party. Since he is looking good for the November election I would have to say at least half of that is right. Of course, I am an optimist so I like to look at it as a victory for the Republican party. :-)

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