Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Here's Hoping There's A Lot Going On Behind the Curtain

There are a lot of influential state Democratic figures in CT who have endorsed Joe. Now that he's made it clear he thinks there's no problem with going indy, I imagine some of these Dems are not happy at all with Joe and want him to honor the results of the primary - and commit publicly to doing so before the primary results are in. That's not an unreasonable assumption, is it?

I wouldn't be surprised if they use their pressure on Joe privately so that it make it easier for Joe to backtrack and pretend he was misunderstood or whatever he want to say in order to save face.

We won't know whether Dems who are mum are going to fight an indy Joe until he actually leaves - but I really hope that a lot of them simply won't tolerate an indy Joe and vow to defeat him. Based on Joe actually saying he'll stay in the party until the primary, it looks like we'll have to wait until August 8th to see everyone's true colors.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Campaign to De-Legitimize the Dem Primary

Joe Lieberman's campaign has a very important thing they need to pull off: they've got to come up with some argument that allows Joe to ditch the Democratic Party and run against it while still being a good Democrat. For, if he fails to bring along a lot of Democrats, then it'll start to be clear to voters in CT that it's going to be a simple choice of Lamont v. Lieberman, with Republicans left to choose between Joe, who they wildly favor but is after all still a Dem who won't promise to caucus with them and Alan Schlesinger.

Based on the last week or two, it's pretty clear what strategy Joe's settled on: Convince people that Democrats who participate in the primary are totally unrepresentative of the party as a whole, so it would be irresponsible of him to respect the result. Of course it's without merit, but that's his argument.

In fact, his camp are saying because of the timing of this primary (Aug 8), that a small fraction of Democrats will be represented. See David Broder today in the WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/16/AR2006061601561.html

Anyways, I tried to take a humorous tack to responding to this one. Here's my letter to the Hartford Courant (which I shared on myleftnutmeg this morning)

Dear Courant,

The way you hear Joe Lieberman and his supporters talk about it, you'd think only 'left wing weirdos' will have the chance to vote in the primary. Sure, August 8th is in the middle of vacation season, but absentee balloting isn't some secret option that only the far left wing is privy to. This Democratic primary will be just as open and fair as any other, and the Democrats who care to vote will do so. If Joe wants to find an excuse for abandoning the Democratic party, he'll have to come up with something else.


Sunday, June 04, 2006

Is the DLC in Favor of Democracy, or Not?

Most of us think of primary challenges as democracy in action - the voters have a say between the incumbent and a challenger.

But to the DLC, it's a purge. As a student of Russian history, I know what that word meant in that context, and it sure didn't have anything to do with elections!

What's the DLC's problem with democracy?