Thursday, August 10, 2006

Awkward Moments

From a Bristol Press report on yesterday's Democratic Unity event:
"I am supporting Joe Lieberman," Blumenthal began and then stopped in embarrassment. "I am supporting Ned Lamont as ardently as I supported Joe Lieberman," he added. (Hladky)

Look for more of these sorts of uncomfortable moments in the future. Like this:

[CHRIS DODD is eating in the Senate cafeteria. JOE LIEBERMAN comes up with his tray]

LIEBERMAN: Hi, Chris! Uh. Mind if I sit down?

[A pause. Dodd looks around. No one is nearby]

DODD: [mumbles, doesn't look at Lieberman] Sure, I guess. Have a seat.

LIEBERMAN: [sits, waits expectantly] So how's things?

DODD: Okay. You?

LIEBERMAN: Oh, fine. Never better. [they both look down at their trays]

DODD: ...Yeah. Er... Good.

LIEBERMAN: So.

DODD: ...So. [the pause lengthens]

LIEBERMAN: Um. Nice work on the floor, today.

DODD: Oh, thanks. Thanks. Uh. You, too.

LIEBERMAN: Thanks! I thought Trent Lott looked drunk again, didn't you?

DODD: [pause] Mm.

LIEBERMAN: Boy, I can't wait till we retake the Senate. Can you? It's going to be great. Right?

DODD: [hastily takes a bite of sandwich, indicates that his mouth is full]

LIEBERMAN: [picks at his lunch] These freedom fries are always soggy. Don't you think they're soggy, Chris?

DODD: [forces a laugh] Soggy. Yeah.

LIEBERMAN: ...So...

DODD: ...Right.

LIEBERMAN: Been back home?

DODD: Oh, yeah, I was there last Wednesday, for-- for an event.

LIEBERMAN: With--

DODD: [quickly] Yeah. You know. How it is.

LIEBERMAN: [looks away] Yeah. I know. Look, I better go.

DODD: You don't have to.

LIEBERMAN: No. I should. I, uh, have some paperwork. You know this place. Paperwork. [gets up and hurriedly walks away]

DODD: Geez. [sighs, goes back to eating his lunch]

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can all of you good government people defend Lamont and his handlers for allowing Jesse Jackson to stand behind him the other night? I thought you all wanted criminals out of government. Is this what the Democratic party in CT has become?

Anonymous said...

Priceless!

bluecoat said...

I thought Blumenthal was enamored with Joe's package? Guess not.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to see how many events for Lamont Chris Dodd shows up too...Curiously few if I were a betting man.

Paul Vance said...

Genghis, I was not aware you were a playwrite!?! A young Brian Friel perhaps?

Rush knows said...

Rev Jesse Jackson, Rev Al Sharpton and the liberal left now control the Connecticut Democratic party.

Free health-care, free money,free housing, free transportation for eveyone all paid for by the business and working stiffs of Connecticut.

BRubenstein said...

Paul Vance...you owe me lunch dont you?

Anonymous said...

So those of you who support Lamont have no problem that Jesse Jackson was standing behind him the other night?

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Now, BR, I'm curious: Strategically, how do you play this?

Do you pick up your breakfast with GC and lunch with Vance, then an afternoon on the range with ACR all on the same day, so (presumably) it minimizes your time away from the office?

Or do you delay the gratification, let it sort of age like fine wine, and pick off the chumps when the spirit moves you?

Anonymous said...

I have as much of a problem with Jesse Jackson standing behind Ned Lamont as I do with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton contributing to Ned's campaign or as I do with Wes Clark asking his supporters to urge Joe Lieberman to give up his self-centered, destructive third party run.

Westbrook said...

Humorous... I wouldn't want to deal with that lunch room. And for those people with a problem with the Jesse Jackson connection - It's not that Lamont is so great, it's that he isn't Lieberman.

sick and tired said...

rush knows said...." Free health-care, free money,free housing, free transportation for eveyone all paid for by the business and working stiffs of Connecticut.
Yeah, and BP Oil, who BTW posted a $7.3 BILLION quarter, indicates prices will go up $.20/gal as a result of them not placing enough anticorrosvies into the pipeline. Let's hear it for big business controlled by the Republicans. Of course, big business won't provide the healthcare, they will make the "working stifs" pay for it or go without.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon -

The only person that Joe's Ind. run has a "destructive" effect on is Ned Lamont and I for one, am quite alright with that.

The True Gentleman said...

sick and tired...that is called capitalism...

disgruntled_republican said...

Sick & Tired -

Oh gee, how could we ever think of being capitalists?

bluecoat said...

BP and the rest of the big oil companies offer a very sweet beneifits package including healthcare; I am not sure what that has to do with the malfunction of the oil lines due to corrosivity that BP recently found and reported on one line the North Slope. I find it hard to beleive they they purposely cut back on maintenance because shutdowns for the entire system like this are rather costly.

BrassBoy said...

So BP posted a $7.3 billion quarter... so what?

I thought the goal of corporations is to make money for their investors. If that's not the case anymore could somebody please send me the memo...

Genghis Conn said...

There are compromises to be made between capitalism and socialism--we've been doing that with social security, medicare, public schools, etc. for decades. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Health care is the same way: we can make good compromises to fix the current system.

BRubenstein said...

A Diff ANon..lmao i love your ribald sense of humor...im doing the former instead of the latter due to the fact i prefer instant gratification.

bluecoat said...

The problem with the healthcare issue is that the underlying delivery system in the US is of poor quality (we have the highest infant mortality rate of any G8 country and in total 200,000 Americans dye at the hands of the system from preventible mistakes) and extremely high cost. Unfortunatley, the 99% of the debate focuses on who pays and how rather than addressing the real problem. Part of the problem is that the lobbyists for the doctors, hospitals and labor unions believe that socialist driven capitalism trumps consumer driven capitalism.

BRubenstein said...

GC... We have had a mixed economy for 80 years and it seems to work well for most of us..

disgruntled_republican said...

HOLY CRAP!

Bruce...you and I agree on something political!

Anonymous said...

Govt takes the biggest bite out of the oil apple via both direct and indirect taxation of the commodity. And both BP and the State of Alaska are losing millons per day because of the pipeline. No doubt BP will find itself at the wrong end of a lawsuit because of this, demonstrating another way that Capitalism provides both opportunity and redress.

Anonymous said...

Sick & Tired said: "Yeah, and BP Oil, who BTW posted a $7.3 BILLION quarter, indicates prices will go up $.20/gal as a result of them not placing enough anticorrosvies into the pipeline."

Such a stupid comment, there is no need to respond.

BTW, by closing down the pipeline they may have averted a major environmental disaster. Aren't we in favor of a clean environment?

Anonymous said...

'Dead with Ned'

Interesting story in Slate on-line (not know as conservative outlet....)

http://www.slate.com/id/2147395/nav/tap1/

Anonymous said...

The Lamont victory has assured GOP control of Congress next year.

Yes, Lamont may win in CT. But the national press is portraying this as a swing left for Democrats nationwide. Whereas Democrats once had hopes in states like Montana and Tennessee, now moderate voters will be turned off to the perceived Democratic agenda.

So congratulations Lamont supporters-- you have cut off your nose to spite your face.

Long live the blogs.

Paul Vance said...

Yea Cousin Brucie, I owe you lunch for the JDS/DM prediction. Email me and we will put it together.

Did a different anon just call me a "chump"? LOL.

As an aside, I just saw Senator Lieberman in downtown Waterbury. (I was on my way to the farmer's market to get tomatoes and eggplant.) Please, DeanFan84, do not jump to any conclusions about that, except that our dinner tonight will include tomatoes and eggplant.

CTKnows said...

Any truth to the rumors that Castro will rise from his deathbead to come to CT and campaign for Lamont. snickering....

Anonymous said...

ctknows: actually, Castro can't make it. But I did hear that Osama bin Laden is coming in to campaign for Ned. snickering back at ya ....

Anonymous said...

Gee, what a surprise, Jacob Weisberg who used to work for the New Republic, thinks Joe Lieberman's defeat is a bad thing. Seems like he's simply repeating talking points from his friends who are still there.

Anonymous said...

anon 1:12 Congratulations. You are right. Mr. Lamont's victory so damages the Democratic party, that Republicans won't even have to campaign for the rest of the year to maintain their majority. You might as well take the next three months off and vacation in Crawford.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

J. Paul Jr.:

My deepest apologies. Out of respect for your Dad, one of my personal favorite people, let me say here that I never meant to call you a chump. I meant to say you were one of BR's patsies. ;-)

Anonymous said...

At least Gen. JC Christian, Patriot understands how dangerous Jesse Jackson is.

BRubenstein said...

A Diff Anon...Paul is a nice fella who analyzed the race wrong and i being the lawyer i am..took advantage of his mis-analyization...BTW ..you could be invited to the lunch when we set it up...your lunch would be on me...

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

BR, I am honored beyond the telling and more tempted than I care to admit, but alas, I must remain (A Diff) Anon to all, even those blessed with lawyerly privilege.

Enjoy, and make sure you order from the expensive side of the menu ...

Paul Vance said...

diff anon--Thanks for the comments on my dad, he is one of my favorite people as well.

I will call you Bruce, I was in meetings today- you know some of lawyers need to work. lol

On a different slant, I might challenge Tom Swan to a boxing match since he bashed everyone in my entire city as either slime or evil. I guess Waterbury isn't important to Lamont?

BRubenstein said...

a diff anon..as you wish...im not gonna eat too much though... i need to be in top shape for the general election.

Anonymous said...

Tom Swan Should be fired as Lamont's Campaign Manager for his unacceptable remarks about Waterbury. Like the rest of the Lamont Liberals including his pals Keith and Peter Crane.They need a lesson in Politics 101 and Attitude 102 Because they fail in both categorys.