In fact, there very well may be more people outside Connecticut paying attention to this race than inside. Take the two editorials that appeared in the Hartford Courant this morning. The first, a pro-Lieberman piece called "No Conservative: Lieberman's A JFK Democrat" was written by Marshall Wittman, a DLC fellow and creator of the Bull Moose Blog, and Steven J. Nider of the DLC's Progressive Policy Institute. Both are based out of Washington, DC, and do not live in Connecticut.
The other, an anti-Lieberman piece entitled "Who's Lieberman Represent? Not You" was written by David Sirota. On his blog, Sirota rails against those out-of-staters who would tell Connecticut Democrats what to do:
They predictably regurgitate the fallacy that Lieberman is a “centrist” - and then these two well-known right-wingers from Washington, D.C. proceed to try to lecture Connecticut Democratic primary voters about how Joe Lieberman is supposedly the reincarnation of John F. Kennedy.
I swear - sometimes it is really just incredibly amazing how arrogant these out-of-touch, Beltway-insulated Establishment apologists are, how stupid they think the public is... (Sirota)
Which is fine, except that Lieberman doesn't represent Sirota, either. According to his biography (.pdf), Sirota currently lives in Montana.
This primary was never ours. We have to accept it. National and international media, blogs and pundits have taken Connecticut's affair and infused it with symbolism and meaning that transcends the petty concerns of Democrats in Rocky Hill or Groton. Right now, this primary is about the future of the Democratic Party, the growth of the liberal netroots, opposition to the war in Iraq, and President Bush. We've been drawn into the orbit of these huge, national issues--they dwarf us.
On primary day, though, it'll be about one Connecticut Democrat after another, alone in a booth, looking at two rows of levers. On that day, all the self-important national pundits won't matter a single bit, and the political world will revolve around Connecticut instead.
Sirota, David. "Who's Lieberman Represent? Not You." Hartford Courant 2 July, 2006.
Wittman, Marshall and Steven J. Nidler. "No Conservative: Lieberman's A JFK Democrat." Hartford Courant 2 July, 2006.