Sunday, April 30, 2006

Lead the way, Connecticut.

Finally, we have some Democrats that are willing to stand up and point out that it's no longer acceptable to call yourself a Democrat while supporting the Republicans. Ned Lamont is their man.

Lamont is going up against Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn) in the Democratic primary.

Let's hope this is a start of a national trend.

In a repeat of the shameful episode in Ohio, where the Democratic leadership pressured Paul Hackett, a Iraq War veteran, to step aside so that one of their own brand of Democrat could run, Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) called Lamont asking him to back off. Lamont stated, "But you're not going to lose a senator. You're going to gain a Democrat."

The Democratic Party has to realize that the only way they will be taken seriously is by establishing their own identity and stop trying to out-Republican the Republicans.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- With his ruddy tan and dark gray suit, Ned Lamont is an
antiwar liberal with a twist. Rather than targeting a Republican, the
millionaire Greenwich businessman is challenging a fellow Democrat, Sen. Joseph
I. Lieberman, one of President Bush's strongest supporters on the war in

When Lamont announced his primary challenge in mid-March, he was viewed as
the longest of long shots, a quixotic blueblood who was scratching a political
itch. While many Connecticut Democrats had soured on Lieberman over his war
stance, a poll showed that voters backed the three-term senator over Lamont by 5
to 1.

Now, Lamont has turned the Democratic primary into a horse race, giving
Lieberman his first real test since he joined the Senate 18 years ago, according
to Democratic operatives and analysts in Connecticut. Party leaders were so
rattled by the challenge that Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.)
called Lamont asking him to back off.

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