Good Times In Connecticut
Oh boy, oh boy — it looks like the fun is about to really get started in Connecticut:
“Millionaire businessman Ned Lamont opened a double-digit lead over veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut’s Democratic primary, according to a poll released Thursday.
Lamont, a political novice, has support from 54 percent of likely Democratic voters in the Quinnipiac University poll, while Lieberman, now in his third term, has support from 41 percent of voters. The sampling error margin was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
A similar survey July 20 showed Lamont with a slight advantage for the first time in the campaign.”
If, as expected, Joe Lieberman is defeated by Ned Lamont next week, there will be much cheering on the left side of the blogosphere — and then, it may just start to dawn on them that the worst thing that can ever happen to you sometimes is to get exactly what you want.
That’s because, what the left side of the blogosphere will have is a candidate, Ned Lamont, who’ll probably be at least 15 points behind Joe Lieberman, who’ll have most of the Republicans, independents, and even a significant chunk of Democrats still in his corner.
This is going to lead to a lot of dilemmas for the Democrats:
— Do Democratic politicians please the netroots by campaigning for Lamont, who will probably lose, or for Lieberman, who they will probably be working with for the next 6 years?
— Is the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee going to pour millions of dollars into Ned Lamont’s campaign in an effort to beat Joe Lieberman?
— Lieberman will be an incumbent with a lead, so he will get money. But, are Democratic donors going to give money to Ned Lamont to help him beat Joe Lieberman?
— Are Jewish and Hawkish Democrats going to rally to Joe’s side or will they stick with the Democratic candidate?
Meanwhile, the left side of the blogosphere has poured an enormous amount of time, money, and effort into this race. They own it….and they will continue to own it, for another 3 months. Moreover, if Lamont loses, they’ll own that, too. And if Joe Lieberman gets back in for 6 more years as an independent and moves to the right, every time Joe goes off the Democratic reservation, there will be Democrats cursing, “the #$$@#$@# netroots,” for causing the whole mess.
Like I said, it’s going to be fun, fun, fun!