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Lieberman Losing Loses to Lamont

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:12 pm - August 8, 2006.
Filed under: 2006 Elections,Liberals,National Politics

It now looks like Joe Lieberman will lose his bid for the Democratic nomination for one of Connecticut’s seats in the U.S. Senate to Ned Lamont. With just under 20% of the vote in, Lamont has been has a lead of about 12 points over the incumbent, a lead he has maintained since the first returns started coming in.

In this post, I expressed my support for Lieberman’s victory in the primary even as I believe his defeat will be good for the GOP. It will now be easier for the GOP to show the growing extremism of the Democratic Party as it rejects the man whom six years ago today its presidential nominee (Al Gore) tapped as his running mate.

UPDATE (9:20 PM EST): With 33% of the vote in, Lieberman is closing the gap, now behind by fewer than 10 pts.

UP-UPDATE (9:37 PM EST): With 50% of precincts reporting, Lieberman has closed the gap to 5 points.

UP-UP-UPDATE (10:10 PM EST): Some media outlets, including Drudge, are declaring Lamont the victor. Lieberman did come close enough that he can say he’s justified in pursuing re-election as an Independent.

UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (10:35 PM EST): As it now appears that Joe Lieberman has lost the Democratic nomination for the Connecticut Senate seat, Captain Ed writes:

this is now the nightmare scenario for the Democrats. He’s finished strongly, allowing him to argue that he has momentum and a mandate to keep running. If this finishes with this spread, Lieberman could easily win a general election, and the effort would keep this internecine battle front and center all through the midterms.

I agree.

UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (11:22 PM EST): John McIntyre pretty much echoes what I’ve been saying about a Lamont victory, calling it “just about the worst result possible for the Democratic Party.” (Via Instapundit). Money quote:

Democrats may try to downplay this result as a Connecticut issue, the rejection of a three-term Senator who was the party’s VP nominee only six years ago will have repercussions throughout the country and they don’t help the Democratic Party.

Lieberman gave a great concession speech. It doesn’t help Lamont that he has Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton standing right behind him as he declares victory. He seems more angry than elated. Not a good strategy to appeal to the independent vote even in a “blue” state like Connecticut.

Zsa Zsa’s Swan Song?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:29 pm - August 8, 2006.
Filed under: 2006 Elections,Annoying Celebrities

*****Zsa Zsa Loses. At 10:17 PM EST, I’m calling the race for Hank Johnson. With 50% of the vote counted, Johnson leads with 58% of the vote. So long, Cynthia.****

Zsa Zsa McKinney trails “in very early returns in a runoff for the Democratic nomination” for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District.

UPDATE (8:30 PM EST): Johnson leads McKinney by about 3 to 1, but no precincts for DeKalb County have yet reported.

UP-UPDATE (9:23 PM EST): I had thought Zsa Zsa’s strength would be in DeKalb County, but I just realized that her opponent Hank Johnson was once a Commissioner of that populous county.

UP-UP-UPDATE (9:30 PM EST): Why the delay in the reporting of DeKalb County returns. Not a single precinct has reported in yet.

UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (9:55 PM EST): DeKalb has now started reporting. Johnson leads there, but by a much narrowed margin than that he enjoys in Rockdale and Gwinnett counties. He’s still up by over 20 points.

Blogging, Primaries and Mel

After a very busy past few weeks of papers and classes, including writing the Comprehensive Exam essay (for my Master’s) and an intense summer session last week, I felt more intellectually drained than I normally do after my class sessions at Pacifica. I have been spending the time since I returned recharging my batteries. I had hoped to return to blogging on Monday, but had a lot of busy work to attend to.

There are a number of important issues that I’d like to address, notably the primaries today — and not just in Connecticut, but also in Georgia and Michigan where gay conservatives have a real dilemma between Joe Schwarz, a gay-friendly Republican incumbent who happens to be one of the most liberal members of the GOP caucus, and his more fiscally conservative opponent, Tim Walberg, who is regrettably very social conservative as well. If I lived in Michigan’s Seventh Congressional District, I’d probably pinch my nose and vote for Schwarz. But, if he loses tomorrow, it won’t be just because he voted against the Marriage Protection Act (MPA).

And of course, there’s Israel’s War against the Terrorist Group Hezbollah and the incredible media bias in covering that conflict. And the meltdowns of Andrew Sullivan and Mel Gibson. The media-obsession with the boorish celebrity has at least made Gibson’s angry rant more entertaining.

I have long been a fan of his films, notably Braveheart. And I have learned to see past the angry attitudes of other entertainers to enjoy their work. I wonder now if I will see Gibon’s portrayal of Scottish hero WIlliam Wallace in a different light after having learned what he said when he vented his spleen to police officers last week.

I take heart that Gibson has apologized for his actions and offered to meet with Jewish groups. I will wait to learn the outcome of those meetings before again gaining a favorable opinion of the man. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for driving under the influence, but the First Amendment protects his right to express his feelings, hateful as they may be.

I expect that’s all I have to say about l’affaire Gibson, but hope to blog on the other topics mentioned above in the next few days.