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Something politically remarkable may be about to happen in Connecticut, where polls show three-term Senator Joe Lieberman trailing a wealthy challenger in tomorrow's Democratic primary. The race has come down to the war in Iraq and Democratic anger at Lieberman's support of administration policy.
The damage being done to Lieberman because of his association with President Bush is being felt in other campaigns as well, including George Allen's Senate re-election race in Virginia.
By Dan Balz, Washington Post
FARMINGTON, Conn. — The passion fueling the anti-war challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman in Connecticut's Senate primary signals a power shift inside the Democratic Party that could reshape the politics of national security and alter the battle for the party's 2008 presidential nomination, strategists in both political parties say.
A victory by businessman Ned Lamont on Tuesday would confirm the growing strength of the grass-roots and Internet activists who emerged in Howard Dean's presidential campaign.[As well as those who did not emerge in Howard Dean's campaign.]
By Don Michak, Journal Inquirer, CT
Make no mistake, this one is about the war in Iraq - and the whole world really is watching.
U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a three-term incumbent who many Democrats contend actually was elected vice president in the bitterly contested 2000 election, on Tuesday faces off against Ned Lamont, a cable company executive whose previous participation in politics primarily involved writing checks to candidates like the one he is trying to unseat.
By Stirling Newberry
t r u t h o u t | http://www.truthout.org
The revolution is not being televised.
When Joe Lieberman and his supporters tried to raise a stink over a Huffington Post blog entry by FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher, it was clearly the move of a campaign in its death throes. Lieberman might win the primary, or the general election if forced to run as an independent, but he has lost the aura of invulnerability, coolness, and untouchability that has been his powerful weapon in pushing back any criticism of his go-it-alone approach to working with Republicans.
By William Hughes
"Time's glory is to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light." - William Shakespeare
In an action unprecedented in Maryland politics, Kevin Zeese, an Independent candidate in Maryland for the U.S. Senate, has demanded that an incumbent congressman, who has close ties to the powerful Israel Lobby, break his silence on Israeli wrongdoing. In one of his four “Open Letters” to Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD), dated July 17, 2006, Zeese requested that the “ardent supporter” of Israel end “his sin of silence" and speak out about "the brutal terrorist attacks by Israel on civilians in Lebanon and Gaza." (1) A scholarly report, the "Harvard Study," revealed that the Israel Lobby has exercised "unmatched power" over U.S. foreign policy, which hasn't been in our "national interest." (2)
With A Boost From Bloggers, Ned Lamont Has Democratic Icon On The Ropes
By CBSNews.com producer Christine Lagorio.
Ned Lamont reached his political breaking point last November after reading an op-ed piece by Joe Lieberman in the Wall Street Journal.
The three-term Connecticut senator's sunny description of war-torn Iraq ("There are many more cars on the streets, satellite television dishes on the roofs, and literally millions more cell phones in Iraqi hands than before.") and his uncompromising support for U.S. involvement were too much for Lamont.
By Ellis Henican, Newsday, NY
I'm no political genius. But I'm pretty sure I'm right about this much: It is, generally speaking, dangerous for a politician to go against 73 percent of his constituents on the biggest issue of the day.
Joe Lieberman is discovering this one the hard way.
With the primary vote coming on Tuesday, the three-term Democratic senator from Connecticut really could be adding another line to his highly impressive resume.
By HELEN THOMAS, HEARST NEWSPAPERS
WASHINGTON -- The political fate of Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman will be on the line in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Connecticut, an election that has become a referendum on the war in Iraq.
Lieberman, an all-out supporter of President Bush's policies in Iraq, is being challenged by an anti-war political novice who is giving Lieberman -- a three-term senator and his party's vice presidential nominee in 2000 -- a run for his political life.
Lieberman lags behind primary opponent
By Paul West, Baltimore Sun
FAIRFIELD, Conn. // Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman was strolling a leafy sidewalk in this shoreline suburb the other day, campaigning for votes, when the driver of a Toyota Prius spied him.
"Stop the war!" she shouted, leaning on the horn. "Bring the troops home! No more war!"
Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, is fighting for survival in what could be this year's most important contest. His candidacy has become a symbol of an unpopular war, of Washington's complacency and -- perhaps most significantly -- of a national party that may be on the verge of a transformation, with repercussions that could extend into the 2008 presidential race.
Favorable image dips further among Democrats
By Lydia Saad, GALLUP NEWS SERVICE
PRINCETON, NJ -- U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has faced mounting difficulties among fellow Democrats in his home state of Connecticut over his pro-Iraq war stance, possibly culminating in his defeat in the Connecticut Democratic primary election for his seat that takes place on Tuesday. Local polling suggests he may very well lose that election to ardently anti-war challenger Ned Lamont. Although many pundits insist all politics is local, new Gallup polling shows that Lieberman's reputation has been sinking among Democrats nationally, not just among those from his home state.
By Susan Haigh, AP
HARTFORD, Conn. --Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, a political novice fueled by deep pockets and voters' outrage over the Iraq war, has extended his lead over veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut's Democratic primary, according to a new poll released Thursday.
Lamont has support from 54 percent of likely Democrat voters in the new Quinnipiac University poll, while Lieberman has support from 41 percent of voters. A similar poll July 20 showed Lamont with a slight advantage for the first time in the campaign.
Connecticut Democrats fume at his centrism and unbending support for the war. A poll shows the senator's rival surging. The vote is next week.
By Ronald Brownstein, LA Times Staff Writer
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — When Sen. Joe Lieberman stopped to campaign at a busy brew pub here Friday, Linda Rogozinski was perched at the bar. As far as Lieberman was concerned, however, she was sitting on the fence.
HAMDEN, Conn. A new poll in Connecticut shows Democratic Senate challenger Ned Lamont has opened up a double-digit lead over incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman ahead of next Tuesday's primary.
The Quinnipiac University poll of likely Democratic voters gives him a lead of 54-to-41 percent.
That's a sharp jump from the four-point lead Lamont enjoyed two weeks ago.
The poll found that among Lamont supporters, two-thirds say their vote is mainly against Lieberman. Forty-four percent say Lieberman's support for the war in Iraq is the main reason they're backing the challenger. Fifty percent say the war is one of the main reasons.
By Jonathan Tasini
Get this: I'm being shut out of a debate for the U.S. Senate not because I lack a base of support, not because I'm not legally on the ballot (I am) and not even because my opponent refuses to debate me (though she is dodging the issue). Nope. It's because a member of the mainstream media in New York has decided that there is a price of admission--half a million dollars--to be considered worthy of a chance to present my views and agenda to the voters. Read More.
More than 60% of funds for possible presidential run are $200 or less
By CRAIG GILBERT, http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=478014
Washington - As he explores a 2008 presidential bid, Sen. Russ Feingold has raised a little more than $2 million this year, putting him ahead of some potential Democratic rivals and well behind others.
But in one respect, Feingold's fund raising sets him apart. Unlike any other '08 prospect in his party, his early money is coming mostly from small donors.
By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON Many of the top U.S. Democrats, including Senators Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid and Representative Rahm Emanuel, are fixated on the number 51. That's the percentage of the vote they hope Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut gets in his Aug. 8 Democratic primary election.
Lieberman, the party's vice presidential candidate just six years ago, is struggling for one reason: the Iraq war, which he strongly supports and most Connecticut Democrats just as strongly oppose.
By Jonathan Tasini, www.CommonDreams.org
When I announced that I was entering the race for the US Senate, I began with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I am not a professional politician whose sole goal is to accumulate power, so I have the freedom to speak my mind and I will not be silent.
The truth is that while people view talking about Israel-Palestine as the “third rail” of politics in New York, the more I think about it, the more I realize that there are a growing number of people in the Jewish community who are willing to speak up, out of love for Israel, about the dreadful occupation and the never-ending violence that is spinning out of control, in large part because the United States—and politicians like Hillary Clinton—continue to blindly pursue a one-sided policy in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a policy that is causing more death and sorrow for civilians on all sides of the conflict.
By the New York Times
WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Tasini, the antiwar candidate mounting a Democratic primary challenge against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, said this week that Israel had “committed many acts of brutality and violations of human rights and torture.”
Mr. Tasini made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with a political blog, the Room 8, after he was asked if he believed Israel was a terrorist state, according to an audiotape posted Monday on the Web site, www.r8ny.com.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The conflicts in Iraq and Vietnam have been increasingly compared for their growing similarities. Both are unnecessary failures leading to the deaths of thousands of Americans and innocent people, among other things.
History should have taught the Bush Administration something about what not to do. History can also help Democrats learn how to get the idiots out at election time. A BuzzFlash reader sent in this video clip of a campaign speech from 1968 in which Richard Nixon decries the Vietnam fiasco and urges the need for a change in Washington.
By Jeff Cohen, www.CommonDreams.org
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
The wise old Chinese proverb on who is to blame for repeat gullibility was famously mangled by our Embarrasser in Chief: "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you," Bush stammered, with that deer-in-the-headlights look. "Fool me -- you can't get fooled again!" The video of that golden Bushism can bring down the house on The Daily Show.
By Council for a Livable World
Eight critical Senate contests will have a significant influence on the direction of American policy in Iraq and hopefully will speed up the return of American troops.
In every one of these elections, there is a clear-cut contest between an Iraq war supporter and a war opponent. Defeating these Iraq war supporters would have an enormous political impact. Members of Congress would be affected, as would all candidates for President.
By David Swanson
On Monday, July 17, 2006, at Fox News headquarters in New York City, Rupert Murdoch hosted a fundraiser breakfast for Hillary Clinton. Then he rushed off to a fundraiser lunch for John McCain, and Hillary rushed off to announce her unqualified support for Israel's and Bush's war policies.
Hillarupert Murdoclinton strikes some people as an unusual combination. I'm sure someone could create a funny cartoon out of that name and a merger of their two smirking masks.
By Ed Tibbetts, http://www.qctimes.net
Republicans are most afraid of Democrats when they stand their ground, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told about three dozen people in downtown Davenport on Sunday.
Not enough Democrats are doing it, however, he added.
Feingold, a potential 2008 presidential candidate, made a series of stops along the Mississippi River this weekend, giving activists an opportunity to see one of President Bush’s most pointed critics.
By trillian | http://houseoflabor.tpmcafe.com
Cross posted at Daily Kos
Fighting Dem Carl Sheeler Live Blogging - What Makes Carl Run? by Fighting Dem Vets [Subscribe] Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 09:58:12 AM PDT
What Makes Carl Run? Carl Sheeler (RI-Senate)
I suppose this question could be asked of any candidate in any primary race. But why has it so persistently come up in the Rhode Island Senate race? Part of the answer is in the following. Lincoln Chafee, the first term Republican incumbent (the most vulnerable of candidates), is running a neck to neck race with a "Reagan Republican" challenger in the GOP primary. For this and other reasons, the DC Political Report gives this race a five star (most competitive) rating with a likely Democratic win. This alone should make the Democratic field for the campaign a crowded one. Yet there are only two serious candidates left: Carl Sheeler and Sheldon Whitehouse. Other candidates have dropped out or are simply out of play. Whitehouse has a larger treasure chest than Chafee, he has greater name recognition as an ex-Attorney General and former candidate for Governor of Rhodes Island, and he is supported by the Democratic establishment who fear a repeat of the race in 2000 where a contentious primary battle among Dems paved the way for the Lincoln Chafee win.
By Associated Press
Dubuque, Iowa - Voter unrest over the war in Iraq has elevated foreign policy issues to a rare level of importance in Democratic politics and is the top concern at the moment, potential presidential candidate Russ Feingold said Saturday.
"At the moment, it is probably the most defining issue," the Democratic senator from Wisconsin said. "Whether or not it will be in the middle of the election is not clear."
By Mark Leibovich, New York Times
Washington - On his increasingly difficult path to re-election, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman keeps getting kissed. And not lovingly.
Kisses mock Mr. Lieberman, the incumbent Democrat, all over Connecticut - on signs, on buttons, even on giant parade floats. They commemorate the one President Bush appeared to plant on his cheek after last year's State of the Union address, a symbol, in the eyes of Mr. Lieberman's liberal critics, of an unforgivable alliance in support of the Iraq war.
Hillary's Secret '08 Strategy Revealed (Heaven Help Us)
By Arianna Huffington, http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Hillary Clinton has a strict rule prohibiting her friends and advisors from talking publicly about her running in 2008. Turns out, it might a good rule.
In today's on-the-one-hand-and-on-the-other front page WaPo story on Hillary, a "close advisor" to Clinton breaks the keep-it-zipped-on-08 decree -- with jaw-dropping results.
Numbers are growing in several polls
By CRAIG GILBERT
Washington - When Democratic voters in the state of Washington were polled last month about the 2008 presidential race, their top choice was Hillary Clinton.
No shock there.
The surprise involved another Senate Democrat.
Wisconsin's Russ Feingold was named by 11% of those surveyed, behind only Clinton (31%), Al Gore (19%) and John Edwards (12%), three far more prominent political figures.