Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lieberman: Not looking good

Senator Joe Lieberman's re-election battle is in trouble. Lieberman trails Ned Lamont 52% to 48% according to the AP as of 9:45 p.m. tonight. And why is Lieberman losing? Not because of his pro-Iraq War stance. No, according to his campaign, it's because of hackers:
On the final day of the race, Lieberman accused his opponent's supporters of hacking his campaign Web site and e-mail system. Campaign manager Sean Smith said the site began having problems Monday night and crashed for good at 7 a.m., denying voters information about the candidate.

"It is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise voters," Smith said. [emphasis mine]
Oh, please. It's like someone saying they really didn't know where Bush stood on the issues in 2004 and had to go to the GOP web site to obtain clarity before voting. If this was the Colbert Report's Word for the day, the subliminal script on the right side of the screen would read:
They just didn't bus in enough homeless people and pay them to vote for Lieberman.
This was obviously an anti-Lieberman vote more than a pro-Lamont vote. I'd wager a lot of people wouldn't know if they were voting for Ned Lamont or Ned Flanders, just that he was "the other guy." Sort of like having Yes and No levers next to Lieberman's name.

All this may change by morning, but it looks like Connecticut liberals accomplished what Democrats couldn't do to Bush in 2004: completely make an election a referendum on the Iraq War.



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