Friday, June 16, 2006

Lieberman on the Attack

Bear Ad Returns

Joe Lieberman has dragged out the bear ad again. Remember the bear ad from 1988? In it, Sen. Lowell Weicker was portrayed as a sleeping bear who had missed too many votes. Now, apparently, the bear has a cub. You can watch the ad here on Lieberman's website.
The same DC consultant hit man, Carter Askew, designed both ads. The new one shows Weicker coming out of his cave, still angry 18 years later that Joe Lieberman beat him. But he's too lazy to run again. "Instead of coming out of hibernation," the narrator informs us, "he sent his bear cub instead." (In fact, Weicker had nothing to do with Lamont choosing to run for Senate.) It portrays Lamont as a whining, hop-about baby who doesn't want to run against Lieberman because he previously gave Lieberman a campaign contribution. "But I agree with the Republicans 80 percent of the time!" cartoon Lamont protests in a shrill toddler's voice. But as a "cub" he has to listen to the big bear.

The new ad brings another modern Beltway campaign attack mode to Connecticut: Bush adviser Karl Rove's strategy of taking your own weakness and turning it into your opponent's weakness instead, through relentless misrepresentation of facts. (Bass)

The evidence does in fact suggest that Weicker didn't have a hand in urging Lamont to run. Yes, there are Weicker/Lamont connections (Lamont was a Weicker appointee in the 1990s, there are several high-profile Weicker people working for or around the Lamont campaign, and Weicker is holding a fundraiser for Lamont this weekend), but the idea of Weicker forcing Lamont to run is nuts.

While the Lamont ads have at times attacked Lieberman (the dog ad, for example), the attacks from Lieberman's camp have been much more vicious, more personal, and prone to focusing on small details that are either old, taken out of context, or entirely made up.

The bear ad worked in 1988 because it capitalized on voters' long-simmering dislike of Weicker, who had been in the Senate for eighteen years. But now, most people have only dim memories of Weicker as a senator or even as governor. An attack ad primarily featuring Weicker the Bear seems out of place and odd, and the depiction of Lamont as a hyper bear cub with a squeaky voice in a pink shirt (was that deliberate? I have to think so) is the worst sort of personal attack.

It's pathetic. Joe Lieberman should be better than this. The image he's crafted for himself of a noble, conscience-driven statesman demands that he be better than this. People support Lieberman because they believe he's a good man. If he keeps slinging this kind of toxic mud, they may change their minds.

Ironically, so far the Lieberman ads have had little effect on polls. Lamont continues to gain. What if Joe Lieberman just sacrificed his credibility and his noble image for nothing?

Source

Bass, Paul. "The Bear Is Back." New Haven Independent 16 June, 2006.

56 comments:

BRubenstein said...

GC..you are right except for the fact that Joe lacks integrity...if he had any he would have admitted that his vote for the war was based on misinformation and deceit and change his position accordingly.

To a degree Weicker is involved and some of his friends are too. SO what..people in politics take stands,support candidates,etc. At least his friends are democrats unlike Joementum's friends like Sean Hannity,Bill Bennett,William F Buckley,Jerry Falwell and Karl Rove who will do anything to keep Joementum in the Senate.

bluecoat said...

Or at least Joe could say that he regretted his vote; and that Bush misused the power granted him by the vote - because Dick Cheney told him he could and should ....

HealthcareNOW said...

Can Bill Hillsman make an ad, that's like just an all-star lineup of Republicans defending Joe Lieberman? Get Bill O'Reilly up here, get Hannity up there, that tool Neil Cavuto, that'll be a great ad.

IfThere'sGrassOnTheField... said...

To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed by the ad...I think they could've made the Big Bear sound a bit more constipated.

Patricia Rice said...

Bruce...Integrity you say? Even I disagree with Senator Lieberman's support of the way but it is a real profile in integrity when he cam support something he truly believes in even when he knows there may be a political price to pay for it.

He simply refuses to cave in. Isn't that integrity? You and the other left wing whack’s are running a single issue campaign against the Senator. Jeez fellow liberals, raise your hands if you dislike George Bush? Ah, OK then you have to dislike Joe too! Gimme a break!

There's a lot of State Senate and House Democrats that I’m sure you would support who vote outside of their caucus...Should we beat them up too?

MikeCT said...

For such an "experienced" Senator, Lieberman and his crew seem to have great difficulty staying on message or even deciding what their message is.

Lamont is a Republican, Lamont is left-wing, Lamont is a hapless tool of a former Republican turned Independent.

Lieberman is a progressive, Lieberman is an independent who won't kowtow to the left, Lieberman will stay a Democrat, Lieberman thinks its time for a third party (Hannity interview), Lieberman will win the primary, Lieberman won't rule out leaving the party in case he can't win the primary.

This is amateur hour.

turfgrrl said...

Meanwhile Zogby released another poll that showed a Republican incumbent leading by over 24 points the democratic challenger. It's the House of Representatives that needs to flip back to Democratic control, not the Senate. If 1/10th of the energy spent bashing Liiberman were devoted to bashing the Republican incumbents that rubber stamped Bush's War, maybe Democrats could actually win a race against Republicans.

disgruntled_republican said...

This is priceless...

That is one of the funniest commercials I have ever seen...worthy of a SuperBowl spot.

That said, it's a new low for Joe but as a Republican I love it. Keep beating each other up guys, I would love a Republican Senator from Connecticut!

Gio said...

Integrity--Joe is about to be thrown under the bus for taking a principled stand to fully support the War on Terror. Yet he has no "integrity" to the cut and run liberals because of this.

No, it is not Joe who lacks "integrity" it is the cut and run crowd who wants to see America lose this war that lack "integrity". It is the Hollywood liberals, and out of state Agitators who have foisted a scam upon the people of Connecticut. The Land of Steady Habits deserves better than the Kos puppet that is Ned Lamont.

Weicker Liker said...

Disgruntled...

I agree that the Sleeping Bear Ad is funny. Just as funny as the one Lieberman ran against Weicker 18 years ago.

However, still think Alan Schlesinger's chances are slim.

disgruntled_republican said...

Weicker Liker-

You can think it all you want but when YOU take your personal feelings out of it, in a 3 horse race he has just a good a shot as Lamont.

BRubenstein said...

GIO GIO GIO...the Lamont poster's in here and myself included arent a " cut and run" crowd..i supported the ist iraq war and the Afganistan war...and we arent outside agitators..so what are we then?

bluecoat said...

I don't know any American who doesn't support a "war on terror" but I know many who think it isn't being fought or executed wisely and effectively.....

BRubenstein said...

Par Rice ( paid Joementum staffer deluxe) ( or should be )

" you and the other left wing wacks...." " single issue campaign.." actually Pat..I was the State Party Finance Chair for years,,,how left wing is that?
In addition..please go to Neds webpage where he takes a position on a multitude of issues. Stop the lying and spinning already..

Lastly..there is no integrity in maintaining a position that is wrong on the evidence..what that represents is linear thinking laced with the insecurity and embarrassment that Joementum was wrong.

Joe has the blood of 2500 american soldiers on his hands..all for a war in which we were lied and misread into...he though went willingly..knowing it was all a lie..and for that he should go..and will..

BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled...you must have seen the numbers i ran in a prior posting on a 3way race...your man has as much of a chance as the other 2...when the dust settles into the 3way race the Q Poll numbers will shift as many R's and D's will support there own, making the race a close one.

disgruntled_republican said...

BR-

I did see your numbers but in all honesty, it is common sense.

turfgrrl said...

The bear ad is just stupid.

cgg said...

Mike CT: I couldn't agree more about Lieberman not being able to stay on message. They're grasping at straws. But then there isn't much to attack Lamont on.

As for Lamont being a one issue candidate, well if you still actually buy that then you just aren't paying attention. I seriously doubt you're even reading this blog on a regular basis.

Derby Conservative said...

As funny as the bear ad is, trying to say that Lamont (Sanford) is a puppet of Lowell Weiker is a huge stretch. I'm afraid that Joementum is now Nomentum. Patricia Rice...start getting those signatures.

Go Schlesinger! (I know Weikerliker, he has no chance...whatever)

Charles Gaba said...

I live here in Michigan, so forgive me for my ignorance, but I have a few questions for Connecticut voters regarding this ad:

1. Is it a wise idea to point out Weicker's support of Lamont? That is, is Weicker really that hated by the people of Connecticut these days? He was voted in as Governor just a few years after losing his Senate seat to Lieberman, so it doesn't sound like the voters hated his guts or anything.

In addition, it's my understanding that the main reason Weicker lost re-election as Governor was primarily because (like Bush's father, ironically) he enacted a tax which he previously stated that he wouldn't do. While this may have upset the voters at the time, it's not the sort of thing which makes anyone dispise someone a dozen years later.

2. Is it a wise idea to have a voiceover actor using an infantile "baby boy" voice to mock a U.S. Senatorial candidate in a race being taken so seriously by the electorate?

3. Is it a wise idea for Lieberman to attempt to paint Lamont as being a DINO (Dem in Name Only) when one of the major reasons Democrats are so angry with you is because of your own blatant sucking up to Bush, the GOP and Fox News?

4. Is it a wise idea to run such a seemingly amateurish TV commercial (the animation is shockingly poor--a high school kid with Flash skills could've done a better job) when you're trying to present yourself as a seasoned professional with gravitas?

5. Is it a wise idea to remind the voters exactly how Lieberman made it into office in the first place? Didn't he run to the right of Weicker way back when?

6. Is it a wise idea to bring up the fact that a Democrat who supported Lieberman in the past (including donating to his campaign) now feels betrayed enough to run against him?

Just wondering.

Genghis Conn said...

Weicker never actually ran for re-election (for more info on 1990 and 1994, click here and here--I'[ve written brief histories on the subject), but he wasn't well-liked for enacting the income tax. People still grumble a little about him, but nothing serious.

I actually like Gov. Weicker. He did what he thought was right, even though it basically ended his political career.

Weicker Liker said...

Bruce, Disgruntled or others....

My criticism of Alan Schlesinger is nothing personal.

He does not strike me as a vialble candidate to win the US Senate Race.

Where has he been? Have read nothing from new him in the press since the State Convention.

Again, he strikes me as an opportunist. Dont see this grand political prize of a US Senate seat being handed to him on a silver platter.

disgruntled_republican said...

Weicker Liker -

And what could he possible do that would be in the news with all this attention being paid to the Dem primary?

He is doing what all successful Republicans do...grassroots campaigning. He is visiting all the Town Committees in the state to get their support first. If you don't get your base behind you have no shot. As the primary draws closer you will see him more. At this point the only people paying attention are political junkies like you and me along with the Dems who intend to vote in the primary. The average voter is not listening to this crap.

I beleive you when you say it isn;t personal with Alan but I just wish you would stop saying that he has no shot because you don;t like him. History says otherwise.

Mr X said...

Charles gaba..

Personally I am glad That The Lieberman Campaign is pointing out Weicker's Support of Lamont.

They are both from or originally were from Greenwich.

Lowell Weicker is the absolute WORST US Senator and Governor The State of Connecticut has ever had in its History.

Weicker was a big liar He ran on the promise There would be No State Income Tax Because That would be like throwing Gasoline on
a fire and then he turns around and slaps the state with an Income Tax.

Ned Lamont is in this race for one reason He is an ANTI IRAQ WAR Candidate and that is his only issue.

I am getting so tired of people pushing this anti war crap.

Yesterday I went to a Selectman's Meeting in my town and Someone yahoos submitted a petition calling for the Impeachment of George W Bush and Dick Cheney at a Special Town Meeting After a lengthy Discussion The Board of Selectman rejected the meeting on a 2-1 vote.

I think Bush and Cheney suck Do I think what they have done is impeachable? NO.There is a fringe out there that are so consumed about ending this war.

That is why I will not vote for Ned Lamont.I think People need to understand we are at war and have to stay until it is resolved.We have lost too many lives to pull out of there now.

Also if we dont stand up too these barbarians they would be bringing the terrorism and war to us.So we either fought them on their turf or they will be in ours.

Everyone think about it. I know my vote on Primary Day is with Joe Lieberman Maybe his stance isnt popular But its right.

A quote "Sometimes what Popular isnt always Right But What's right isn't always Popular" I saw that somewhere But it fits Joe Lieberman in regards to his support of the war and our troops.

IfThere'sGrassOnTheField... said...

Plus Weicker won in a three-way race including Jailbird John Rowland and Beefcake Bruce Morrison. Yet another reason why Schlesinger has as good a shot as anyone. (how many people do you really think are going to vote Jodi Rell, Ned Lamont? Come on. In CT coattails are unheard of, but if it will affect any race, it will be the senate.)

Weicker Liker said...

Disgruntled...

If the Senate Race will have coat tails, it wont be alan schlesinger dragging people in.

Trust me.

There WILL be someone else on that Republican line - shortly after August 8th - if Lamont knocks off Lieberman in a Primary.

Chairman Gallo all but said it in the Roll Call interview I posted.

Just cant tell you who that person is - its a secret.

bluecoat said...

Sgt Bilko: I would never follow you up the hill on an offensive attack....

Mr X said...

I have complete confidence in Senator Lieberman and I think the Primary Results will show that this anti war stand of Ned Lamont and having that pinhead Lowell Weicker throw him a ritzy cocktail party and give him an endorsement will backfire is not a thing to be proud of.

With Weicker it is all about being in the limelight and sticking it to Joe That is why as the button said at the convention"Im Sticking with Joe"

bluecoat said...

In House rejects timetable for Iraq pullout By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer 18 minutes ago is "The American people are looking to us to answer their questions on how much progress is being made, what are the Iraqis themselves willing to do to fight for their freedom and when will our men and women come home," Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., said before voting in favor of the resolution.

BRubenstein said...

Bluecoat..Sgt Bilko has so much confidence that he wont put his money where his mouth is and wager with me.

Well Bilko...lets go for any amount..i wager on 8/8/06 JDS wins and so does Lamont...put up or shut up. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRubenstein said...

Bluecoat..Sgt Bilko has so much confidence that he wont put his money where his mouth is and wager with me.

Well Bilko...lets go for any amount..i wager on 8/8/06 JDS wins and so does Lamont...put up or shut up. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bluecoat said...

BR: I would follow you up the hill only if there was solid intel that the enemy would buy your offer to share a doobie or two - and go for peace :-)))

disgruntled_republican said...

OK OK Weicker Liker, it's me. Not really but seriously...IT IS NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

Are you even a Republican?

bluecoat said...

there is something to WL's assertions as I haven't seen Shays, Simmons or Nancy come out swinging for Schlesinger...

MikeCT said...

cgg,
As for Lamont being a one issue candidate, well if you still actually buy that then you just aren't paying attention.

While you didn't specify, I assume you were directing your comments to Pat, since I didn't say that.

Weicker Licker said...

BRubenstein said...
GC..you are right except for the fact that Joe lacks integrity...if he had any he would have admitted that his vote for the war was based on misinformation and deceit and change his position accordingly.


Odd that you (of all people) would wish a holocaust upon the nation of Israel.

"To a degree Weicker is involved and some of his friends are too. SO what"

Weicker's the biggest snake since Benedict Arnold, that's what.

Why do you think 8 towns split Bush/Lieberman in 1988?

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Deacon_Bluz said...

Schlesinger has a base? Must be the remnant of the Mickey Mouse club

Deacon_Bluz said...

Weicker Liker is talking total horseshit 75 percent of the time,but he's right about Mickey Mouse Schelesinger ... the guy has about as much chance of being elected as Weicker Liker does on a write-in ballot, and Weicker Liker has a better theme song.

I don't know if there's a secret uber-candidate waiting in the wings, and as an Indepenent I got me doubts, since IO thing the Repugs in this state suck as long and hard as Nancy Dinardis giving Joe L. a first-class hummer.

But I can't bvelieve Schelesinger is the best the Repugs could come up with. The guy is to tool as HomeDepot is to PepBoys.

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cgg said...

Sorry Mike CT. I should have indicated that I was no longer speaking just to you.

My second remark was for Pat, Bilko, and anyone else who still thinks Lamont is a one issue candidate.

Mr X said...

Ned Lamont will not get my vote in August,November or ever.This guy suddenly appears on the scene only after Lowell"The Bear" Weicker starts threatening to come out of retirement and challenge Lieberman.

My guess is Weicker convinced Ned to run for Senator.

You guys who don't like Joe thats fine and you are entitled to your opinion. But there is one person BR who feels he has a right to label people as Operatives and Staffers which is not right.

BR you and your followers can keep on attacking me But unless you have proof of something Then lets end it.We know you have been involved in campaigns and that you think you are prominent in this state and that you are well connected.But the blogs are for discussion and debate and not imitidation and one way discussion.

BR you need to let EVERYONE express their viewpoints and same goes for others here who feel they "own" the blog.

GC and his crew set this up so all of us can discuss topics.

It seems to be people who support DeStefano and Lamont who are on here spewing The Garbage and not allowing the opposing side to have a say and accusing people of being operatives and staffers

Lets have a debate But lets stop the intimidation,the one way crap and really this only pertains to a few of the bloggers led by Bruce who is the main source of the problem.

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cgg said...

Gawker is linking to a video of the Lieberman ad. It's worth clicking on for the headline alone!

Mr X said...

Litchfield....

BR does this behavior with anyone whom does not share the same opinion as he does.

I am just so tired of him name calling,accusing people of being an operative or a staffer.

I live in Litchfield County and I have been involved with the Democratic Party in my town for nearly 25 years and Im only 42.

BR needs to change or refine his "my opinion is the only opinion" tactic and he needs to stop intimidating people with differing viewpoint than his. I am sure there are others who are here that agree He doesnt scare me at all.

Chris MC said...

God that ad sucks. Did Joe really personally approve it?

Swan must be p*ssing himself.

Genghis Conn said...

Somedays the bear gets you, apparently.

MikeCT said...

Colin McEnroe has his take on the ad.

BRubenstein said...

How come only a few of the Republican attack team goes after me? And a few conservative Dem's working for Joementum...I need to do better

Chris MC said...

You're being ignored by the rest of us Bruce. You've done your best, this is the result. Familiar, huh?

;-)

BRubenstein said...

Chris Chris Chris..i get 10 times the comment you do...

Mr X said...

BR....

I think Chris MC has more people who listen to what he has to say than you do.Because He isn't trying to intimidate everyone like you do.

Maybe if you opened your ears and listened to differing viewpoints We could maybe respect your opinions a bit more.

Everyone else Bluecoat,mmm jodi rell,rell is going down and others have my respect Because they cut to the chase and don't play the imtimidation game like you do.I know they dont agree with me much and vice versa But they show more class than you do BR!!!!!

I will continue to post my comments on this blog If I cant live up to your high standards Oh Well.

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Gef said...

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