Sunday, June 25, 2006

First Hackett, now Lamont. Via this Kos diary from David Sirota, Time Magazine is reporting that Schumer is pressuring Lamont to drop out of the CT Sen race.

The money quote:

And Lamont says as recently a few weeks ago, even as he was investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaign, Charles Schumer, the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, asked him to drop out. Schumer has told colleagues he thinks that if Lieberman lost the primary, it would send a bad signal to moderate voters and might hurt the party's chances of winning Senate seats in places like Montana and Missouri in November.

Check out David's diary. There are other links and more analysis.

And I'd add just one other thing.

Schumer told AdNags that the races were gonna be run from DC:

"We'll give you money, but you have to hire a campaign manager, a finance director and a communications director who we approve," Mr. Schumer said. "They have to toe the line."

This is, of course, very ironic because Lieberman's latest lame line is that he will not toe the line--that he is a man of principle, a message dutifully echoed by Anne Kornblut on Press the Meat today. If you're for the war and you're Bush's favorite Republican, you're principled. If you take a stand against this insanity, you're toeing the blogger line.

(They've really gotta make up their minds. YearlyKos has put them into a spin--we're powerless yammerering losers, but we nonetheless draw lines that have to be toed. As I write this, I see Digby's Peter Finch picture in my head.)

Can somebody please tell me when we decided that elections were bad mechanisms to choose candidates? And also please tell me why Democrats from CT would prefer someone who shares fewer of their views on the issues? I mean, with Lamont you get all of Joementum's good votes, and some extras to boot. What's hard about this?


At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Maximus said...

If a Ned Lamont -- that is, an articulate, confident, well-financed, dark horse progressive Democrat -- were to appear in New York to challenge Schumer or Hillary, either one of them could be in real trouble.

(I like Jonathan Tasini, but he doesn't have Lamont's resources or support.)

At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you're for the war and you're Bush's favorite Republican, you're principled"

I think you mean 'Bush's favorite Democrat'


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