Wednesday, March 29, 2006

And now: The Good News!


Slow blogging today. We're waiting for all kinds of other shoes to drop.

In the meantime, I thought I'd offer a positive counterbalance to yesterday's blogging. Here's a profile of Ned Lamont from The American Prospect.

Ned Lamont is an unlikely insurgent.

The founder of a small cable company that specializes in telecommunications systems for college campuses, Lamont is a wealthy man who speaks with the measured cadence of one who earns his living making deals, not political speeches. Yet the Greenwich businessman has got Connecticut Democrats all wired up: Lamont promises a primary run against Senator Joe Lieberman, an entrenched incumbent with national stature, a flush campaign account -- and a firm hold on state party regulars that resembles the grip of an old-time political machine.

Lamont was, in fact, moved to challenge Lieberman himself in part because he could find no established Connecticut politician to take on the senator.

His journey began last fall, when Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha stirred Democrats around the country with his declaration that the Iraq War was a failure and that the troops should start coming home. Lamont found himself aghast at Lieberman’s response: The senator endorsed George W. Bush’s stay-the-course policy. “Does America have a good plan for doing this, a strategy for victory in Iraq?” the senator wrote in a column in -- of all places -- The Wall Street Journal. “Yes, we do.”

A furious Lamont, whose only stint in elective office was as a town selectman in Greenwich, tried to enlist more prominent Democrats to challenge Lieberman. They all turned him down.

“It’s kind of like General Motors, isn’t it?” Lamont said in an interview, comparing a politician’s ascent to the climb up the corporate ladder. “If you’re assistant vice president, then you go to executive vice president and then maybe president. You don’t challenge things like this.”

So Lamont decided to take Lieberman on himself. It is, to say the least, no contest of equals.

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