Everyone seems to be in town, luminaries from MoveOn, DFA, and the blogosphere. Websites such as Mydd and My Left Nutmeg have much better analysis, so this is just a survey of my experiences.
I am stoked, my prediction, Lamont wins by 8 points on Tuesday.
Follow me below the bump for details about my trip.
Special Thanks to Judy Epstein for housing me and my girlfriend for the weekend.
I got into CT Friday night around 11PM. I called into the Norwalk office (where I have been assigned) and offered my help, they told me they were about to go home, and that I could come in the morning. This kind of scared me as we were 4 days out, and they were leaving the office at 11, kinda freaking me out.
The next day, I went to the office at 8AM, and lo and behold we were short on walk packets, I spent until 5PM making packets with Maura in VA (now Maura in CT). Maura was awesome, she kept the office running throughout the day. We caught up, and packets were made. (this was the Norwalk office). But let's just remember, that having "too many" volunteers is a great problem to have.
Then, around 6PM I went to the New Haven office which seemed to be the best organized office I have ever been at. At 7:30, we went to a Gospel Fest in New Haven where Ned spoke and Maxine Waters came to help out.
After the GospelFest, I went over to Sullivans, Lamont/Blogger Central, met up with Matt Stoller (of MyDD), Tom Matzzie (ED of MoveOn), Gina (organizer of YearlyKos), pretty much the entire FireDogLake team (TRex was especially cool). It was a blast.
In about 5 minutes here, I'm going out again to "escort" Maxine Waters. It has been well Documented that the LieberYouth have been harrassing anyone tied to the Lamont campaign, including Ned's mother. So, me and some other folks are going to be a protective "bubble" around Maxine against the LieberYouth.
Sorry for no pictures, my camera busted; great time, huh?
If ya'll have any questions about what's going on up here, ask away, I'll try and answer.
PS: Sorry about the poorly written diary, but I have to run, and wanted to post this before I left the state.
The 2006 elections are NOT about Joe Lieberman (only ONE Senate vote in ONE State), they are about Democrats picking up 15 House Seats and/or 6 Senate seats in order to take back power in Congress in order to restore some real accountability back to government before 2008!
Millions of dollars and thousands of campaign volunteers and hours going to Ned Lamont IN AN ALREADY SAFE DEMOCRATIC SEAT (even if in name only) in a race of choice is a diversion from the real purpose of the 2006 elections just like how the war in Iraq was a war of choice and was a diversion from the real war on terrorism!
That is A LOT of money and campaign help that can be going to MANY good under financed Democratic candidates running in key races against well financed Bush rubber stamp GOP candidates who we need to win their races in order to take back power in Congress!
We have to look past Lieberman to the big picture of what the 2006 elections are about which is if Bush gets a GOP rubber stamp controlled Congress as a lame duck for the next 2 years!
Without Democrats in power in at least one branch of Congress, what else is there to restrain Bush and the extreme rubber stamp GOP leadership from more Alitos, tax cuts for the wealthy, bombing any country who they do not like without sufficient diplomacy, and anything else extreme that they decide to do?
That is BY FAR more important than Joe Lieberman (ONLY ONE SENATE VOTE) and that IS THE BIG PICTURE of what Democrats need to be looking at now in my opinion!
George Allen would be quaking in his cowboy boots now if Jim Webb got this much attention and money in such a short period of time!
I fully respect that there are honest difference of opinion among Democrats on this very sensitive and emotional issue but I will never hesitate to say what I think is right even if it is not always popular (especially when so much is on the line in this election)!
The blogosphere cannot focus on the 435 House and 33 Senate elections this year in Nov, but the primaries are spread out, and thus this makes sense, Webb won the primary and had a lot of help from the blogosphere, we can give some love back to CT for a weekend to pick up a win there too.
Time to restore that Conn. democratic vote in congress.
With great appreciation, nancy
I'm sure I haven't won any friends here defending Lieberman, and I'm hoping after Tuesday we can bury it and move on, but this feels like a witch hunt. I hope this isn't repeated again and I hope we start to focus our attention on picking up seats.
Hopefully this will be buried and will go away but if Lamont wins and Lieberman decides to run as an Independent, then I do not think that the GOP and the media will allow it to go away and be buried.
This will be a race of choice that Democrats will own on a national level just like how Bush owns a war of choice that he started in Iraq and is suffering the terrible consequensces of it now!
If Democrats do win back power in at least one branch of Congress after all of this, it will be in spite of this as well as the result of a lucky break on our part in my opinion!
I understand how that could be understood, but let me shed some light.
Having just come back from CT, let me tell you that 80% of the volunteers I spoke to, had never read DailyKos, MyDD or any other blog. (granted I was working in lower income urban areas where there is less computer/internet use, so it might be a skewed sample), but the voters of CT were ready for Joe to leave.
I would like to point you to The Times' endorsement of his challenger is more bad news for Lieberman. But Connecticut Democrats have been thinking about a divorce for years. by Colin McEnroe, a CT political reporter for over 20 years.
The blogs might have gotten Lamont some early money, but they are not the ones who get to vote, and are certainly not the ones who have been answering polls that are telling us Joe is behind. The one exception would be the CT blogosphere which has been kicking ass in this race led by My Left Nutmeg.
Just my view of things, gave Ned his 15 minutes, and he took it and ran and created a movement up there the likes of which have never been seen. He has over 25 field organizers, Webb doesn't, you want Webb to start winning votes, let's get him talking to people that don't read blogs, our influence is extremely limited.
PS: If you go to Jim Webb's ActBlue Scorecard you can see that the national "netroots" have raised over 45K for Webb, 31.7K from the combined Netroots page, and 15.5 from Wesley Clark, I bet Lowell can tell us that most of that money came from outside the commonwealth.
Each state's blogosphere can raise funds for their own candidates making them self sufficient (neccesary for our movement to thrive), and consider the national money a bonus for a job well done, because MyDD and Kos won't even look at a candidate until the local blogs have endorsed them.
In saying that what I mean is that as the ground troops in the party, we haven't gotten truly organized and united until the upcoming midterms. In 2004 and every previous election, we either relied on special interest groups or Clinton's charisma to get us through elections. Now to be fair, a lot of this happened because the party didn't do its job in building the party. I've been a huge fan of Dean as DNC chairmen because he's focused on building the party and getting organized.
The only big problem I have with the Kos crowd is their bashing of DLC democrats. They chide the DLC and use it as an example of our party 'selling its soul' in spite of the fact that the DLC isn't so much a political movement as it is a party think tank. Go over to www.dlc.org and read some of the position papers they have. I don't think there's any other democratic website that has such soundly researched and innovative ideas for governing, which is what seperates us from the Republicans who only want power.
In the end as Democrats we'll always disagree but we have to keep our eye on the big picture: defeating Republicans. We need to stop eating our young and start taking the battle to the other side. I really want Joe to win on Tuesday but it seems that every indication says he's going to take a beating, and I hope that he doesn't end up running as an Independent. And as for Joe having an ego, criticizing a politican for having an ego is like criticizing the pope for being a virgin - it comes with the territory.
"We need to stop eating our young and start taking the battle to the other side."
I saw the news coverage last night of Lamont and Lieberman rallies, and that was all I needed to see to finally make up my mind. The people at the Lieberman rallies were blue collar workers, hard hats, locals. The Lamont rallies were DFA and MoveOn rallies with large numbers of out of state "activist" types, with not a hard hat to be seen anywhere. That was all I needed to see to conclude what's at stake here. Either we are going to have a Democratic Party which represents working people, or a Democratic Party which represents left-wing activists. Pick one, because the two aren't compatible.
If Lamont wins the primary it is a wakeup call to Congress. They had better be concerned about who they are representing.
Now stop boxing us please.
How this relates to the CT primary: Joe Lieberman has overall been friendly to working people and to organized labor. You don't punish somebody who has been a friend by abandoning him and voting him out of office. To the activist left, Joe Lieberman is a heretic because he doesn't accept the whole package deal. Working people don't have this whole-package-deal mentality. That's why the two really aren't compatible. Let the activist left have more influence in the party and we may soon see the Democratic Party fall victim to the same problems the "Club for Growth" crowd is causing among the Republicans: purges and heretic-hunting. Schumer, Casey, Hillary Clinton and yes, James Webb might well be their early targets and who knows where it will go from there? Russ Feingold because he voted to confirm Bush court nominees? Kucinich for having been pro-life until recently? Really, where do the single-issue based purges stop?