Wednesday, November 08, 2006
On the other hand, the Guuuuhlie man has won again, partly by ditching most of his policies, and Lieberman has comfortable 49-40 lead over Ned Lamont. Lamont went very quickly downhill in the polls after getting the nomination from the Democrats, in part because the DLC more or less shat on him from a very great height, which shows what the US political establishment thinks democracy is about. But also because only about 35% of Connecticut voters are registered Democrats, with about 45% being independents. And because Lamont was successfully depicted as an out-of-touch rookie and an 'extreme liberal', whatever that is. Another aspect of it is that everyone knows Lamont is a yuppy neoliberal who moved extremely fast to reassure Wall Street, while Lieberman managed to present himself as concerned about health care and saving the schools and being nice to the elderly. In sickeningly saccharine adverts, he beamed at the camera and said words like "oooh sure, we've differed over Iraq, but look at these here children playing, isn't that special? Rookie liberals like Ned Lamont would let child rapists out of prison."
The main impact of these elections, I suspect, will be to give a shot in the arm to the left, who needed to see the Republicans get beaten. And everyone knows why they were beaten: the war and the economy. You can't separate those issues, and people know it. They know that the same administration that is plundering the US treasury is also plundering Iraq, to put it as simply as that. So, whatever one thinks of the Democrats, and however little one expects from the American political system as a whole, this is an advance for the left, and an opportunity too. And it is also bad news for this man.