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  •  With Ned on the ballot (2+ / 0-)
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    AllisonInSeattle, Albatross

    that kind of takes the wind out of Joe's threats to delegates, doesn't it? Frees them up to vote their conscience?

    Maybe Lamont can double that 15% and get over 30%.

    •  On the contrary (7+ / 0-)

      I think now that they know for sure that Ned is on the ballot, they'll vote Lieberman.  Apparently Lieberman called for emergency DTC meetings - to try and convince the DTC's to vote in blocs.  Guess it didn't work.

      But Lieberman has been harassing (yes, I will use that term) the DTC delegates for the past few weeks... I don't know if he was making threats.  But I could see a less than average showing for Lamont now that he is definitely on the ballot.

      ... or you could be right and there could be a surge of confidence and everyone will vote their concience.  I hope that's the case!

      •  Looking like a surge of confidence! (3+ / 0-)


      •  what kind of 'threats' could Lieberman make? (0+ / 0-)
      •  as one of those CT DTC members (11+ / 0-)

        I don't see much enthusiasm for Lieberman at all. There are a lot of people who voted for him out of duty, or favors owed, or habit--but that won't keep them loyal on a secret ballot.

        I've been putting my energy into de Stefano's gubernatorial campaign (go universal healthcare!) and even though de Stefano can't publically oppose a senator from his own party, his staff's enthusiasm for Lamont is pretty striking. And de Stefano publicly told Lieberman that he would NOT support an independent bid--his support goes to whoever wins the primary.

        I was pretty sure Lamont was going on the ballot based on a rough delegate count, but this was better than my most optimistic projection. (And as a Democrat, that's not something I get to say about very many elections...) It bodes VERY well for Lamont, since the Hartford Courant will pick up on the momentum, and the Courant's writers know very well how big a deal crossing 30% was.

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        by Swordsmith on Fri May 19, 2006 at 06:12:47 PM PDT

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        •  YEA! I'm a DeStefano supporter, too (2+ / 0-)
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          Swordsmith, Da Buddy

          I think he's done a remarkable job with New Haven.  I'm afraid he perhaps has an even steeper mountain to climb though than Ned.  Rell is hugely popular and all the Repubs will certainly vote for her as well as some Dems.

          But I'm in both Ned's and John's corner.

          You're right about the Courant.  They've been doing a lot of Lamont coverage.

          •  in some ways he may have an easier time (2+ / 0-)
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            peraspera, Da Buddy

            Rell has never actually had to run in an election, so her popularity may be a little illusory--it's not at all clear if people really like her, or if they just have nothing against her.

            She doesn't really STAND for anything, other than not being Rowland.

            She's got the whole culture of corruption thing, too: Since she got the governor's job by being the only one of the Rowland crew who didn't get shipped off to jail, it begs the question of whether she a) was just as corrupt as the others but didn't get caught, b) stood by while her boss robbed the treasury, or c) was too clueless to notice that Rowland was a crook.

            I've been working hard to get the de Stefano campaign here on Kos, as well as more represented in the blogosphere generally. I think it's going to happen...but more on that in a few days (hopefully), and in a separate diary.

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            by Swordsmith on Fri May 19, 2006 at 07:02:43 PM PDT

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