DEBATE ROUND UP: John Harwood on MSNBC said it all. He mentioned all the tactics Lieberman used that was like Bush in 2004. All Lieberman could do was attack, acting exactly like a Republican would to Lamont's Democrat. It was odd as hell. You'd think it was a general election in August instead of the primary. Lieberman looked like a loser. As for Lamont, once he got going he got into a rhythm and he was speaking from his heart. He seemed a lot less worried about Lieberman and more intent on talking about what he was FOR. It was interesting watching these two, but I still think it was like seeing a Republican incumbent attacking the Democratic challenger. That's a big problem for Joe.
DEBATE UPDATE: At the beginning, Lieberman tried the Bentsen line, but it fell flat. Best line of the debate: when Lieberman interrupted Lamont for the umpteenth time, Lamont said, “This isn't Fox News.” BAM. Lieberman is talking about everything negative, barely getting around what he would do in the last 15 minutes. Lamont has pounded Lieberman throughout about promoting the Bush agenda. Lieberman has been negative throughout, his arrogance and entitlement obvious. He even had the nerve to infer that Lamont is hurting the Democratic Party by running for office.
UPDATE: PoliticsTV will have the Lamont-Lieberman debate up segment by segment, after it begins.
Boxer won't join Hillary
in pledging to support the Democratic nominee, if Lamont wins the primary in
That's a problem.
Now one of the Senate's most vociferous anti-war voices — California Democrat
Barbara Boxer — is trying to help her old Senate buddy.
Boxer told the Chronicle today she plans to appear on Lieberman's behalf
at an environmental event in Connecticut on air pollution and children's asthma.
The not-so-subtle message of the event to Democrats: You may think he's too
close to President Bush on the war, but he's been with you on other important
“I campaign for a lot of my colleagues,” Boxer explained in a phone
interview. “Joe is in a very tough primary. I understand that. He has
been one of my strongest allies on the environment and on choice.
Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, who is trying to lock up grassroots support
from party activists for a 2008 presidential bid, has endorsed Lieberman for
the primary, but added she'll support whichever Democratic candidate emerges
from the primary — even if it's Lamont, a wealthy businessman from Greenwich
who is pouring at least $1.5 million of his fortune into the race.
Boxer, who calls Lieberman a friend, said she's not willing to join Clinton
in that pledge, at least not yet.
“I'll make an announcement” after the primary, Boxer said. “I'll
let you know.”
After the debate, also check out the local Lamont bloggers, who'll have the scoop on what's happening tonight on the ground.