Aug 15 2006
Lamont is still shaking from the drubbing he took in the initial days of his campaign where he promised not to reach out at all to moderates and independents (just has his netroots followers would demand). The NY Times is preparing to run a story tonight or tomorrow morning saying Lamont is shaking up his campaign staff – the one that just took him to victory. Here is a taste from the leftwing site Raw Story:
“Meanwhile, Ned Lamont, the Democratic nominee, is preparing to shake up his staff as he tries to refocus his race as an appeal to moderates, the core of Lieberman’s support,” the Times reports.
Sort of draconian for such a recent win. More once the entire article is posted at the NY Times.
Update: Seems both Raw Story and Drudge had incorrect early releases from the NY Times (guess some phone calls were made). The supposed story of Lamont staff shake up was toned down to be some changes to shift to a general election pose with new, outsider help from the Democrat Message Machine. After many paragraphs on Lieberman’s approach we get to the nut of the issue:
As the newly proclaimed Democratic nominee, Mr. Lamont is moving to adopt a general election strategy that attracts more moderate voters, who are crucial to victory in Connecticut elections. He is also seeking at least two experienced fund-raising aides to tap more donors in Connecticut and nationwide, particularly those who are excited by the antiwar message.
Yet Mr. Lamontâ€™s staffing needs are also one of several signs that his rookie bid for statewide election is still evolving: He lacks such basic political tools as an opposition research effort to ferret out the sources of Mr. Liebermanâ€™s campaign contributions and other tidbits that might embarrass the senator. Mr. Lamontâ€™s communications and advance operations also need to be expanded, said Tom Swan, the campaign manager.
â€œThere is a need for us to adjust a lot, to adjust significant pieces of the campaign and tap our thousands of volunteers,â€ Mr. Swan said. â€œHaving said that, I believe we have a lot to build off of to make that easier.â€
But not everything is smooth and easy. As the post I linked to before (and now below) the anti-war fringe is not happy with the establishment democrats one bit. And the Nedroots campaign is not happy with the changes comin – which are probably a condition of party support:
Some Lamont allies have privately expressed disdain for the idea of bringing on any outside consultants, noting that most big-name Democratic consultants had shown little willingness to help Mr. Lamont when he was an obscure businessman running a long-shot campaign.
â€œI donâ€™t want to hire any of those big-fee consultant types from Washington who just want to come in and make money off of Ned,â€ Mr. Swan said. â€œWe won the primary on Nedâ€™s message; we can win the general in a similar way.â€
Suffice it to say I get the feeling Lamont is in for a rough ride with divisive pressures from the old school party bosses and his ardent, anti-war supporters.
Update II: Ned is definitely feeling the heat. He has an Op Ed in the WSJ with an interesting (insert foot in mouth) statement:
My confidence that Connecticut was ready for a real debate and a real choice this year was founded not only on current events but also past experience. It was my career in business that shaped my outlook, and helped prepare me to run the race I did.
Well Ned, if your so damn confident in Connecticut face ALL OF Connecticut against Joe and stop pressuring him to drop out. The entire state should be in on the discussion, not a measely 8%. – End Update
But I am not surprised when your support comes from the truly bizzarre world of the fringe (and marginal) anti-war, anti-US crowd:
Many people see Ned Lamontâ€™s victory in the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary as a statement of massive disgust at Bush, and at the Democrats for kissing his ass. It is. But Lamontâ€™s victory over Joe Lieberman in the primary is not something that will impact the current intolerable direction things are heading. Instead, there is a whole other way to go that has the potential to really put a halt to the crimes of the Bush regime.
As a backdrop to all this, the Bush regimeâ€”with the unanimous, and one might say rabid, support of the leaders of the Democratic Partyâ€”was continuing to green-light Israelâ€™s demolition of Lebanon; to press ahead in their bloody occupation of Iraq that is spiraling into civil war; and to jockey and position for an even wider war against Iran and possibly Syria.
Those troops were ordered to invade Iraq in the service of empire. Abu Ghraibâ€¦Hadithaâ€¦the emerging exposures of rapes and massacres that may well be revealed to have been ordered or at least encouraged by commanding officersâ€¦ This war is not something to be proud of. This war on the world, and the occupation of Iraq (and Afghanistan) are not wrong because they are â€œnot working.â€ They are wrong because they are illegitimate, unjust, and immoral.
Read the entire delusional post. It is truly scary how brain washed this person is after years of leftwing propaganda. And the Democrats helped create most of these myths to ‘mobilize the base’. Well, the base is mobilized and not happy with the lack of progress in taking care of BusHitler. Lamont has to try and integrate these people with mainstream America? Good luck.