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November 8, 2006

Hero
Posted by Patrick at 11:42 AM * 33 comments

Ned Lamont He didn’t have to make the run. When he started out, it was the longest of long shots. All political races are fueled by ambition, but he seems to have been equally motivated by a sense of what was needed and what was right.

He’s not on this morning’s long list of Democratic winners, but he’s one of the authors of their victory. Out there in the world of the aspirational middle class, there’d been a growing suspicion that something’s wrong at the top, that this war is insane and that the country’s rulers are actually a bunch of freaks. When Ned Lamont won that primary, he showed up on TV all over America as a voice telling those kinds of Americans that it’s okay, even mainstream, to feel that way. You didn’t have to be a hippie or an intellectual to think there was something very wrong going on. You could be a mild-mannered country-club cable executive living the kind of life to which millions of “normal” Americans aspire. Yes, it’s a string of oversimplifications, but they pointed toward the light. Ned Lamont helped reframe the storyline and shake up the complacent. For that, he’s one of this morning’s heroes, and so are all the people who worked their hearts out for him.

Comments on Hero:
#1 ::: Jamie Bowden ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:05 PM:

My in-laws live in CT, and they were glad to see someone other then Lieberman run. I haven't talked to them yet, but I suspect they aren't exactly happy to see him still in office.

#2 ::: steve ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:09 PM:

Thank you, Ned. Your candidacy started a new story, a story of hope.

#4 ::: kid bitzer ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:19 PM:

very well said, Patrick.

I'm baffled that my former state made the wrong pick at the end. But I am convinced that this whole election went better as a result of Ned Lamont's actions.

He is a fighting Democrat--fighting for America, and for America's honor.

#5 ::: Susan ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:20 PM:

Thanks.

#6 ::: Julia Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:27 PM:

Thank you, Ned Lamont, for standing up to be counted.

#7 ::: Stephen Frug ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:49 PM:

So say we all.

#8 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:53 PM:

Thank you, Mr. Lamont.

#9 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 12:55 PM:

So say we all indeed.

#10 ::: Suzanne M ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 01:04 PM:

Thank you, Mr. Lamont, for insisting your voice be heard.

#11 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 01:12 PM:

And look what it took to beat him. A turncoat, scrabbling for personal advantage, and a bunch of crooks.

#12 ::: Melissa Singer ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 01:16 PM:

The results were actually very heartening. 40% is a damn good showing for Lamont; Leiberman obviously pulled far more votes from the Republican than he did from Lamont.

Thereby, of course, confirming what we all knew, that Leiberman was not a Democrat any longer.

#13 ::: Lori Coulson ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 01:19 PM:

To paraphase John Adams in the musical, _1776_:

"Gentlemen, I say ye Ned Lamont."

#14 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 01:33 PM:

I think that's the best-written post-mortem piece on Lamont's campaign I've seen yet.

#15 ::: Nancy C ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 02:57 PM:

From the far end of the next state over, thank you Ned Lamont, and thank you to everyone who worked to make him happen. (This means you, Susan)

#16 ::: Susan ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 03:11 PM:

Swiped from the Lamont blog:

"The worst Ned did was to be the guy who made sure everyone got out of the burning building before him. All the winning Democratic candidates, all the people who hoped for nationwide change in this election, the majority of Americans who think our Iraq policy is a failure; everyone went ahead of him as he bravely held the door open for them with his reputation, time, energy, and personal fortune all on the line. Had he not run and won in the primary, the anti-Iraq position would not have been confidently embraced by a major party until the next election cycle; that�s an additional two years of bloodshed, chaos, and enabling terrorist recruiment that he just saved us from). If Lamont got everyone out of the burning building before him, and didn�t make it himself, that doesn�t make him a failure; it makes him a hero."

(maybe a little over the top, but we're still mourning over there)

The personal fortune in question, by the way, is the $16 million he and his wife Annie (the main breadwinner in the family) put into this race. Even for people at his level, that's a nontrivial sum of money, and it's not like he would have made it back on a Senator's salary. Three cheers for Annie, and also for Ned's folks, who were out there campaigning at the polls with us in Milford and elsewhere last night.

#17 ::: meredith ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 03:11 PM:

This Nutmegger says, Hear, Hear!!

But damn, I wish Ned had been able to pull it out. Now we're stuck with Jumpin' Joe for six more years of his warmongering, wholly-owned-by-the-military-industrial-complex, your-opinion-doesn't-matter-unless-it's-mine, Republican-in-sheep's-clothing bullpuckey.

*sigh*

I suppose all we can do is hope his absentee voting record continues as it's been for the past term. If he's not in D.C., he can't do much damage.

#18 ::: Lori Coulson ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 03:19 PM:

Here's hoping that whatever the House's subpoenas bring to light, Joe is caught with his hands in the cookie jar...

#19 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 03:55 PM:

From The Onion:

Republicans Blame Election Losses On Democrats

WASHINGTON, DC�Republican officials are blaming tonight's GOP losses on Democrats, who they claim have engaged in a wide variety of "aggressive, premeditated, anti-Republican campaigns" over the past six-to-18 months. "We have evidence of a well-organized, well-funded series of operations designed specifically to undermine our message, depict our past performance in a negative light, and drive Republicans out of office," said Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who accused an organization called the Democratic National Committee of spearheading the nationwide effort. "There are reports of television spots, print ads, even volunteers going door-to-door encouraging citizens to vote against us." Acknowledging that the "damage has already been done," Mehlman is seeking a promise from Democrats to never again engage in similar practices.

Also: http://thismodernworld.com/3315

#20 ::: Leslie Turek ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 04:05 PM:

I was thinking of Lamont this morning, and am glad to see this eloquent tribute to him.

My 83-year-old dad lives in CT (where I grew up) and registered as a Dem for the first time this fall so he could vote for Lamont in the primary.

It's sad he didn't win, but he really was a hero.

#21 ::: Tim Kyger ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 06:25 PM:

He lost.

Thank god.

#22 ::: Lenny Bailes ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 06:56 PM:

Tim: Why? Are you saying that Lamont has positions on specific issues that you feel are terrible, or what?

#23 ::: casey ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 08:41 PM:

Leslie @ 20, your dad isn't the only one to register as a Dem just to vote against Joe. I was registered in Philly in '88, so I didn't get to vote against him then, and in '94 no one remotely left of center would have considered voting for Labriola. But by '00, I was sufficiently distressed by his alignment with Helms on the amendment to ESEA, his inability to commit to the Gore ticket and make way for another Democrat in his Senate seat, etc. that I wrote in a vote for Weicker, who's party I belonged to in name at least until this past winter, when I decided that I would register as a Dem to have some say in who stood for the general election.

#24 ::: Bruce Adelsohn ::: (view all by) ::: November 08, 2006, 08:41 PM:

Clearly, great minds think alike. Howie Klein puts it this way:

The biggest success last night went to a man who won't be going to the U.S. Senate. Ned Lamont is the one who spoke, before anyone, for everyone who had had enough. There weren't many Democrats willing to just say no about Iraq before Ned came along and said it, loudly, clearly, unapologetically. Because of the issues Ned raised, the floodgates of support opened as Americans rushed to embrace people who would stand up to Bush and stand up to his rubber stamp Congress.

It's a shame that Jody Rell won the Governorship in Connecticut; now I can't even legitimately hope Holy Joe falls to be replaced, because that replacement would give the Senate back to the Republicans.

#25 ::: Susan ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2006, 10:32 AM:

An article on why Lamont's campaign failed which pretty much matches my ground-level view of things, though I'll have a few harsher words for Connecticut voters when I get around to writing my version.

#26 ::: JC ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2006, 10:58 AM:

#25, Susan: Thank for the pointer to the article and for your hard work. I really look forward to reading your account of what happened.

What I'm hoping is that this year, because the Democrats actually won, they will avoid the circular firing squad which they had formed after previous elections. In particular, Ned Lamont did a great job of letting the country know it is ok to express disapproval of the war in Iraq. Being against this war can be an act of blatant patriotism.

What the article made clear to me, which hadn't occured to me, is that while Joe can still be the self-promoting gadfly, he will not be able to do it with the imprimatur of the Democratic party (unless Harry Reid foolishly gives it to him). He can only bash Democratic positions as an outsider. He may be still annoying, but probably less devastating. I worry that he may make up for this by turning into some sort of swing voter.

Then again, I still don't understand why he continued to run after his primary loss. I wonder if he still has presidential ambitions, but I'd have thought continuing to run after the primary loss wouldn't have been a smart choice in that case.

I hope, though, that this isn't the end of Ned Lamont's political career.

#27 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2006, 11:02 AM:

Almost every major figure in national Democratic politics save John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Wes Clark and John Edwards refused to seriously help the Lamont campaign.

Howard Dean stayed away, Susan? If true, that sucks the big one.

#28 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2006, 11:04 AM:

If Joe still has Presidential ambitions, JC, he might as well sit on them and give the whole thing a few spins.

#29 ::: concerned DINO ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2006, 11:31 AM:

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#31 ::: Rob Rusick ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2006, 12:15 PM:

In Unicode it turns into Cyrillic.

#32 ::: protected static ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2006, 12:18 PM:

Interesting. Any idea if it actually *says* anything that isn't spammish?

#33 ::: Janet Brennan Croft ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2006, 01:21 PM:

Concerned DINO is obviously deeply concerned about all the talk of dinosaur sodomy around here.

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