I used to live in CT (New Haven), and wish I could be there to help support the fight to oust Mr. Joementum - it's a long time coming. I join everyone (everyone I've read on DKos, at least) in their contempt for Lieberman, as a singular problem and as a representative of a strain that needs to be ousted from the Democratic Party. I have no question about who the next Democratic candidate for Senator should be in CT.
What I'm wondering is what kind of GOTV work Lamont is doing in the urban centers of CT, and whether the Lamont campaign could help to shake up the foundations of the CT Democratic Party, which seem to desperately need shaking. I'm not convinced that the local Democratic party structure was always operating with the best interests of their constituents in mind, and this campaign might offer a great opportunity for change.
My memory of the Democratic party in New Haven is not a positive one - it was an old-style machine with entrenched power structures and rampant cronyism. Furthermore, I was told (by people who had spent time within the system) that the City government there, as well as in other CT cities, did not encourage voter registration, and at times even suppressed voter turnout in order to keep their well-oiled machines running smoothly. This worked wonders for keeping the Dems in power in the cities, but apparently suppressed Dem votes for the Statewide elections, and led (in part) to fools such as Rowland getting into office and giving the state the nickname "Corrupticut".
The obvious problem with the conservative urban Democratic strategy is that it winds up coming back to bite those populations in the butt, since the state government doesn't adequately represent their interests. This is the kind of local Democratic issue that I think we need to focus on if we're going to create a genuinely Progressive party. I couldn't find county-by-county numbers on % of eligible voters registered, but I wonder if Lamont would also benefit from greater urban turnout? I can't imagine that city residents in places like New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford can possibly have any love for Mr. Joementum, given how they are generally treated by the state as second-class citizens (not to mention his obvious deficiencies as a Senator, and as a Democrat).
I'd love to hear a report from the front lines. If Lamont's candidacy wound up kicking off a state-wide registration drive for urban voters, it could significantly change CT politics for years to come, and start to end that state's Apartheid-esque social and economic stratification and segregation.