Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout Joementum!

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Aug 07, 2006 6:39 PM

And, frankly, anything is worth bringin' that particular clumsy play on words back, so I'm all for it, even if he is probably gonna lose. Kim at Wizbang! has the story, from Hartford:

U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, fighting for his political survival, appears to be cutting into challenger Ned Lamont's lead the day before Connecticut's Democratic primary election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

The poll shows Lamont, a wealthy Greenwich businessman, with a slight lead of 51 percent to 45 percent over Lieberman among likely Democratic voters heading into Tuesday's primary.

Last week's Quinnipiac poll showed Lamont leading 54 percent to 41 percent. Lamont also had a slight lead in Quinnipiac's July 20 poll.

In other Lieberman/Lamont news, did you know they had anti-Joe ringtones? They have an extensive, dorky list to choose from:

“But I Agree With the Republicans 80% of the Time

“I’m Ned Lamont and I approve this message” (Bear Ad)

Joe Lieberman on FEMA’s Michael Brown

“FEMA, of course, has done an outstanding job.”

Everyone’s Favorite Lobbyist, Richard Goodstein

I had no idea one could communicate one's social awkwardness so effectively via ringtone. Thank you, Ned Lamont campaign! This must have come from a socially awkward mastermind. Don'tcha love technology?

H/t Hotline On Call, which also brings us all the video you could ever want on the Lieberman/Lamont race, from lefty video site Politics TV.

DJ Drummond doesn't think the nation will go as Lieberman goes:
The first problem is the state. Connecticut is not America. That is, one should not think that what happens in Connecticut represents the national trend. True, John Kerry emerged from New England, and so did Michael Dukakis, so to some extent New England is a cradle for Democratic aspirants, but considering how each candidate fared, this is not a salient indicator of political strength.

Next is the question of issues. Basically, it seems Lamont has one chord to play:“Iraq”. Considering that the 2002 and 2004 elections amounted to referendums on Iraq (and the Democrats at both times said so), it does not seem to me the wisest strategy for a general course, especially given the events in the Middle East as a whole. Americans understand that the maniacs in Syria and Iran cannot be allowed to expand their Jihad the way they plan, and Americans support Israel’s right to defend itself – they are more than willing to choose a course which the Arab world and yellow-flag Europe cannot stomach. The Democrats are clearly on the wrong side of this issue, and even if they win in Connecticut, they will find this tune hard to sell in most of America. America is a nation which loves Marines, not the timid or bitter whiners we see in the ranks of the Left.

Here's Lieberman's last stand.

Real Clear Politics' take:

Looking at the state's registration and recent voting trends, 40% is the rough number Lieberman needs to stay above in order to remain the favorite in the three-way race against Lamont. Given all of the energy on the challenger's side, it wouldn't be surprising if Lamont outperforms the polls, and perhaps significantly. If Lamont wins by more than 20 points (62-38), Lieberman is in all likelihood finished. However, if Lieberman is able to pull within single digits that would be a very good sign for his chances in the fall. Lieberman's distance from 40% will be the best tell on how the three-way race will shake out. And of course if Lieberman pulls off the come from behind victory, while crushing for the far left, it will be a big win for the Democratic Party.

It oughtta be quite a day. Check out my column from today for other goings on tomorrow, including the possible unseating of everyone's favorite Capitol Hill hairstyle-- Cynthia McKinney. Things are heating up in Connecticut, Georgia, and Michigan:

See? August can be fun, too. We’ve got nutroots, nuts coming to Congress, nuts leaving Congress, and the nutty idea of fiscal conservatism driving a Republican primary. Enjoy the races!