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Now the Work Begins

The Democratic primary in Connecticut tonight was a referendum on the Bush War, can we all pretty much agree on that? Holy Joe pulled in every chit he had--heads of organized labor, DLC'ers galore, let's not even talk about the "religious" endorsers, etc--and pumped the bellows of "you love me on everything else, don'tcha? And I saved Groton sub base? And I've got principles out the tuchus, see? And I'm kinda semi sorta sorry about that war thing let's not talk about that right now, and I'm not really George Bush! I'mnotI'mnotI'mnot..."

And he lost. We helped beat him, and whatever miniscule part we non-CT residents had in getting that Bush-enabler out of there, I am proud of. Now we must turn the same ferocity on...yup, Ned Lamont.

The bit of his acceptance speech I heard, he was talking about the need to reform healtcare. That's a good start. Where does he--executive of one of the bigger telecom companies--stand on Net Neutrality? Do you know? I don't. Maybe he talked about it a lot and I just missed it being too far away from on-the-ground campaign coverage.

Where does he stand on equal rights? Where does he stand on protecting the Constitution? Where does he--as we were reminded every fucking time his name came up on the teebee screen, "a millionaire", like everybody in the Senate isn't one too--stand on resoring progressivity to the income tax structure? What's he going to do the next time a vote comes up on funding another Friedman's worth of this fucking war? (Remember how we got Vietnam put to rest in the end? Congress quit voting money for it.)

Where does he stand on privacy? Would he support a bill requiring oil companies to inspect pipelines on some sort of regulated schedule? Quiz him about issues, dammit. I never bought the "single-issue candidate" crap the MSM was putting out because the war is indeed a great many issues under one ugly shit-dripping umbrella. But there's more to being 1/100th of the most powerful legislative body on Earth than even all the issues that make up "the war."

Just a private bet with myself, I don't think this Joe Indy thing is going to last a week. But even if that fades into well-deserved oblivion as fast as it should, Ned still has to get out there and sell himself to the whole electorate of CT.

Tonight's horserace was a big one. But it's the Hambletonian, not the Belmont. He's won the first heat. Now the real race begins.

Addendum: Just checked Kos one last time to see if they were back up. And there's an inspirational post I'd like to add here, because I agree with every word of it:

Here's what we all need to do the next few days:

1. Push Harry Reid to strip Lieberman of all committee assignments.

2. Let people know what a sore loser Lieberman is.

3. Get all Democrats -- including Bill Clinton -- to publicly back Ned Lamont.

4. Get the Democratic interest groups who backed Lieberman to switch allegiances in the general.

The DSCC and the DCCC will have to deal with the fact that this race will continue to suck oxygen from great pickup opportunities. And I won't apologize for that, because as a proud Democrat, I will help in whatever way I can the Democratic nominee from the Great State of Connecticut.

The Republicans rejoiced at Lieberman's decision to stay in. They couldn't be happier. And let's not talk about the lobbyists! They're besides themselves!

Joe Lieberman is not an independent Democrat. He needs to be stripped of his committee assignments and have those handed to real Democrats. And then we need to buckle down and finish the job we started.

This was never going to be easy. it still is not. But in the end, we will prevail.

I will say that it's Harry Reid's job to run the Senate, not mine, so if he chooses not to implement Point No. 1 I'm not going to bitch too hard. It would not be done to an incumbent who lost in the general, and Reid is a stickler for protocol, so I dunno. But if it were up to me I'd give Joe Losterman until they come back from vacation to bow to the will of his constituents, then if he doesn't, pull the plug. Glub, glub, glub.

And just one final addendum to my own addenda: There's a famous saying, part of which is often thrown up against us in the Progressive movement---"My country, right or wrong." Problem is, those who use it as mindless jingoism and flag-waving 'n' shit forget, no doubt intentionally, that it was originally only half of the quote. Karl Schurz--a revolutionary in Germany in 1848, an anti-slavery activist in Wisconsin, a general in the Civil War, a senator from Missouri afterwards--was in fact responding to the line "My country right or wrong" when it was offered as a challenging toast at a dinner he attended. He rose in response and said: "My country right or wrong--when right to be kept right, when wrong, to be made right."

So consider this my toast for this glorious evening: "My Democrats right or wrong.... "

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