Thursday, August 17, 2006

Conservatives Don't Hate Ned Lamont. They Just Fear That A Majority Of Americans Will Support Candidates They Agree With ... Like Lamont

I doubt the Bush Administration, or its friends in the conservative media, hate Ned Lamont.

Lamont, the upstart Democrat, is trying to unseat incumbent Joe Lieberman to represent Connecticut in the Senate. Lieberman is one of the few Senate Democrats to continue to rally behind President Bush's decision to fight the war in Iraq.

So of course, rather than throw support to Lieberman, the administration and its friends in the media have tried to make Lamont voters feel like the fringe left, even though they in fact agree with a majority of Americans on a number of key issues.

Vice President Cheney complained that Lamont's victory encourages "the Al Qaeda types." How desperate are conservatives to bash Lamont supporters? White House Press Secretary Tony Snow suggested that voting for Lamont meant to "ignore the difficulties and walk away" from fighting the war on terror. Fox News Channel correspondent David Bass said an “unruly” female passenger on an airplane flight was "probably not an al Qaeda affiliate, probably not a terrorist, could just be a Ned Lamont supporter." Before the primary, the conservative media offered the broad theme that those who support Lamont are "cut and run" McGovernites who lack the cajones to stay the course in a dangerous world.

All these statements land squarely on the crossroads of hyperbole and stupidity. They are part of a coordinated strategy to try to convince a majority of Americans to not vote like a majority -- starting with the Lamont-Lieberman rematch.

Take a look at the math:

-- A large majority of Americans (63-67%, depending on the poll) disapprove of the way the Bush Administration is running the country, and a similar majority (60%) disapprove of the way the administration is handling the Iraq War.

-- A large majority of Americans (71%) said that we shouldn't have gone to war if Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction, and a solid majority of Americans (57%) say they want to see the start of troop redeployment from Iraq within a year.

This crosses the boundaries of "likely Democrat" and "likely Republican."

If a majority of Americans vote like a majority of Americans when it comes to the Iraq War -- favoring candidates who think the war is not being managed properly, and who agree that troop redeployment from Iraq should start within a year -- Democrats will win pick up seats in the House and Senate this November. If the fearmongerers have their way, then Republicans will do well.

What's a fearmongerer? This week, for example, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made the ridiculous comment that Middle East terrorists are "waiting for the Democrats here to take control, let things cool off and then strike again." Expect more of that in the 80 days remaining until Election Day.

That's all conservatives have. Name-calling and fearmongering. Conservatives keep shouting "cut and run liberals," hoping Americans forget that the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, had briefed the administration on a similar plan for troop redeployment out of Iraq.

Simply, they don't want a majority of Americans to believe they are the majority. That's the only way they can retain control of Congress this November.


Anonymous Babs Boxer said...

Let' stop playing JAABS paddy-cake and talk facts: Lamont's biggest supporter is International Answer, which is a front for the Communist Worker Party. I'm sorry but most Americans don't agree with the concept of Communisim. Well, unless your with the ACLU. GO JOE!!!!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...

That's a freakin' STUPID COMMENT.

Do you believe this CRAP, or do you just say it because you are in DEEP DENIAL?


4:51 PM  
Anonymous zbdent said...

When you're alone with that sheet of paper or ballot
(if you are to believe in real elections still) ...

Nobody can see you vote fringe or "patriotic" ...

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but that's not when decisions are made

lots of people make decisions based on what rises above the din.

if you link Lamont or Democrat with "cut and run" or "I'm not safe," then the Bushies have done their job. And a lot of casual observers are being given this linkage over and over.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous zbdent said...

My point was this: you can go along with the crowd and support publicly whomever you want ... but when it comes down to the actual moment of truth, I hope that people will really vote their conscience this time ... in a time and place where nobody can see you going against all the people who try to pressure you

(and yes, I know this is for all parties involved ...)

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed but will people trust their conscience?

You might personally be against the war, want to see the troops come home, etc., but if you are told over and over that such a decision is irresponsible, fringe-ish, or anti-American (anti-troop), do you think twice?

Given the closeness of elections, if a few people out of 100 think twice and two or three change their mind, that's a lot of elections lost.

It's a lot easier to say to a pollster you are against the war than to step into a voting booth and vote anti-war.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make no mistake, President Bush and Cheney see what is at stake in the Lamont race, and are doing what they can to screw with it.

Check it out -->

6:33 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

The repuks fear democrats not the "terrorist". They use the idea of "terrorism" to instill fear in all Americans. The repuks are conning many people in America.

9:05 PM  

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