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  I have been following the Lamont campaign since it was only a dream.  I saw the campaign grow as the liberal bloggers found an outlet for the anger they harbored towards Joe Lieberman (often nicknamed Joe LIEberman on local Connecticut blogs).  I watched him build a campaign machine from scratch like he did the cable company that now pays the campaign's bills.  I watched him rally the Democratic base, sway the Democratic centrists, register thousands of new Democrats and, with the highest turnout in recent Connecticut primary history, win the Democratic candidacy for the US Senate.

  Ned Lamont represents the modern Democratic party: moderate yet steadfast in it's beliefs and loyal to the core American values held by our found fathers.  I will not, in this opinion, parrot Ned Lamont's platform on the issues.  Nor will I list the many ways he differs from Joe Lieberman.  If you're looking for that, visit his campaign website or attend a speaking engagement.  Instead, I would like to address what this race means to the future of this country.

  As I see it, Connecticut is a fairly accurate microcosm of America.  We have some of the wealthiest suburbs and some of the poorest cities.  We have all types of industry from the smallest mom and pop store to the headquarters of international corporations; from the tiniest privately owned farms to the largest industrial factories.  Connecticut's citizens are from all cultures, races, religions and backgrounds.  Even our landscape (the beaches of the coast to the very rural fields) is like a mini America.  This fact makes the results of polls and elections from the state of Connecticut very representative of America as a whole.

  When Ned Lamont won the Connecticut Democratic primary this past August the National Democratic party took the cue.  Now we have a national slate of candidates who are not afraid to stand up for a new direction in Iraq, so our troops can come home to the hero's welcome they deserve.  Not afraid to stand up for better public transportation, higher emission standards and cheaper, alternative fuels, so getting to work is faster, cleaner and more affordable.  Not afraid to stand up for universal healthcare for each and every American.  And, most importantly, not afraid to stand up and provide the constitutional check on the executive branch that the founding fathers intended.

  Who would have thought just one year ago that little old Connecticut would be the focus of an election?  The citizens of this state are proud of their moderate and rational approach to politics and the core Democratic values we live by.  Each year we have humbly and unassumingly turned Connecticut blue on the election night map.  But now, weather we like it or not, it is our vote on November 7th that will dictate to this nation and its leaders weather Americans demand a change of course or are willing to tolerate the Status Quo.  With all eyes on us, I challenge you, my neighbors and friends, to vote for change.

Originally posted to Next Gen Dem on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 01:28 PM PDT.

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  •  absolutely (3+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, fezzik, lurks a lot

    I'm voting for Lamont.

    And thanks for reminding me that I need to call Ned's local hq to volunteer for the GOTV effort.

    Because that's where we'll win this-boots and handshakes on the ground, not flying keyboards in the air of the blogosphere.

    Resisting the Conservation of Joementum

    by LIsoundview on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 01:50:33 PM PDT

  •  Ned was on local NPR today (0+ / 0-)

    Listen here:  "Where We Live".  The interview runs about 45 minutes.

    "Where We Live" is a program that covers CT local and regional affairs.  It debuted in the spring when WNPR switched from mostly classical music to all news.  Their election coverage has been quite good - interviews with other CT candidates can be found in their archives.  Alan Schlesinger is scheduled to be on the program on 10/20 (9-10 a.m. Eastern) if anyone is interested in something other than his gambling issues.  Lieberman has so far declined to come on the program (he did call in a while back, but it was only for one segment, not the whole program, and IIRC he did not take questions from callers).

    CPTV also filmed this segment for broadcast this Friday evening.

    I will also be calling the campaign to see what I can do to help GOTV.  Thanks for the diary.

    "When you point your finger cuz your plans fell through/You got three more fingers pointing back at you" -- Dire Straits, "Solid Rock"

    by lurks a lot on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 03:10:14 PM PDT

  •  Cool you got on Kos (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry about the view comments

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