Senate Democrats were skittish about discussing the impact of the resolution on Lieberman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and other vulnerable party incumbents.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, would say only, "We have a good resolution that senators can support." Asked how it might affect Lieberman, he walked away without answering.
Harry Reid at least answered the question.
Asked how the votes could affect the Connecticut race, he said, "People will make a judgment based on a policy that is right for the country. And senators will base their vote on substance, not political calculation."
The Courant also has an article about what the Senate primary means nationally. Much of what it says has already been noted on this and other blogs countless times. It makes me wonder if David Lightman reads CTLP.
In the eyes of national political activists, the Lieberman-Lamont contest is not focusing on policy issues dear to the DLC, such as welfare reform or national service.
It's being most watched for what it says about the party. "This is far more than a local personality clash," said William A. Galston, former Clinton domestic policy adviser and now senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.
The press seems to be taking Lamont campaign more seriously each day. He's no longer seen as a fringe candidate. I also can't help but notice how favorable the coverage has been since the convention. I wonder how long the honeymoon will last.
Lightman, David. "Party Puts Lieberman In A Bind". Hartford Courant. 6/21/06
Lightman, David. "Party's `Soul' Up For Grabs". Hartford Courant. 6/21/06