"I don’t believe every public official is going to come out and support Ned Lamont. But I believe in the voting booth they will."
Rep. David McCluskey, in the NH Register today.
Ugly. It's going to be ugly.
How can it not? There's already so much hate and bile in the Democratic Senate race, which officially is just a few days old, that it's almost impossible to rise above it. I'm not talking about the candidates, who have mostly been cordial (so far--expect that to change), but their supporters, staff and partisans. If their behavior is any indication, this could be an excruciating campaign.
Joe Lieberman: The Shame of a Nation
Story title at MyLeftNutmeg
There's no reason why it wouldn't be ugly. To many on both sides, this is a fight for the heart and soul of the party, a fight over ideology and values, and a fight over the course the national Democratic Party should take as it seeks some way to be an effective counter to the Republicans. These aren't little issues.
You don't need to ... do anything to encourage the Kos folks to get involved in this campaign, as unfortunately they are already going nuts about this. I say "unfortunately" because I'm a Democrat who sees them as perhaps the most destructive force in my party right now.Lamont supporters want to reforge the Democratic Party into a pure liberal sword, with which they might slay the dragon of neoconservatism. Lieberman, perhaps even more than George W. Bush, represents everything that's wrong with America. To them, Lieberman supporters are no better than pro-torture, pro-war, pro-Bush, FOX News watching, gay-bashing, money-grubbing no-good Republicans. They're in the way of change and progress--they need to be cleared aside.
Comment by dastrong at RedState
Do we need any more evidence of how important Lieberman is to the Connecticut Republican Party? Lieberman provides them cover. They'd wither and die without him around.
Posted by kos at Daily Kos
Lieberman supporters see their man as a figure of moderation, common sense, compromise and values in a sea of seething partisanship. Some Democrats may not agree with Lieberman on every issue, but he's served the party and the state very well for a long time--flaws can be overlooked for unity's sake. For others, Lieberman is a brave man who is willing to stand up to his own party's rather dimwitted leadership on issues of principle. To most Lieberman supporters, Lamont's supporters are nothing but a small group of whiny, wild eyed, anti-war, party-smashing loudmouthed ultraliberal nuts. They're a threat to their man and to the unity of the party; they need to be taught a lesson.
“Quite frankly, it angers me that some in our party have such short memories about this man and his record in the U.S. Senate... Re-electing Joe Lieberman to the Senate should be a no-brainer.”
Speaker of the House Jim Amman, in a Lieberman press release
Generalizations, yes. But at the heart of each campaign and each support base, you'll find these opinions and motivations. Is there room in the Democratic Party for both men? More importantly, is there room in the party for the supporters of both men?
So it's going to get ugly. Actually, it already is ugly.