Ned Lamont seems to be impressing everyone he meets, and rightfully so. Even as Lieberman falls apart at his scalawag seams, Ned is cutting quite the dashing figure through the Connecticut press.
Today he told the Journal Inquirer:
"We have got to have wiretaps in the post-9/11 world, but darn it, we’re a nation of laws and we have the FISA act," he said. "The president interpreted this law for his own purposes, and in many cases probably broke the law. I say you have to hold him accountable for that."
He added: "I’m sort of sympathetic to the idea of a censure, it seems like an appropriately modest remedy in a short-term way to say nobody’s above the law. Senator Lieberman said, ‘I don’t want to scold the president.’ Well, why not? When he’s wrong I think he should be scolded, and that’s an appropriate way to do it.
From today’s New Haven Register:
Ned Lamont is a successful Greenwich businessman with enough personal resources to kick-start his primary bid. He is also more articulate and personable than the feeble election opponents Lieberman has faced in two previous re-election frolics.
After Lamont announced earlier this month, Lieberman’s campaign manager accused the challenger of making personal attacks on Lieberman’s character and integrity — which Lamont hadn’t done. Last week, Lieberman got into a spat with Hartford-area radio talk show host Colin McEnroe over Lieberman’s support for Bush and his warnings to Democrats about undermining the president during a war.
The more irritated Lieberman gets with this situation, the more delighted his liberal critics become, and the more serious a challenger Lamont appears.
And from the Fairfield County Weekly:
Democratic senate candidate Ned Lamont, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, was standing among the vigil holders, a minor celebrity in their midst. Soft-spoken but direct, Lamont in his tan suede coat looked every bit the Fairfield County dad that he is. Taking a hard stand against the Iraq War puts Lamont in direct contrast to go-along Lieberman, and is winning him favor among those, like the protesters, who are fed up with pro-war DINOs, or Democrats in Name Only. The war, says Lamont, "was a tragic decision for our country. I pray for our troops that our government gets its wits about it." He stood beside John Manley, a former Stanford politics professor in a leather bomber jacket and Indiana Jones-like hat, who moved to Norwalk five years ago and has been attending regular peace vigils. He’d just met Lamont and was impressed.
"I’m delighted to see someone get rid of Lieberman–he’s way off the deep end on the war," Manley said.
Ned was not afraid to buck the state party machine, and that in itself is impressive. An American Prospect article says that Lieberman has openly threatened to suck up all the party funds in the state and keep them from other Democratic candidates should he face a serious challenge, which has obviously made state Dems fearful of backing Lamont. Despite this, Ned continues to gain delegates.
No wonder Lieberman is coming unglued. The race is on, and Ned’s the kind of guy people like to get behind.