On the differences between the Lieberman and Lamont campaigns:
The first human within reach is Derosier. Joe grabs his hand and embraces him in a full-on man-clench for the cameras, as though Derosier were a faithful supporter who drove out to the mouth of the Norwalk River just because he's eager to hear more about Joe's support for bike trails. I turn to the young staffer next to me and say, "Wait, thatÂs his driver he just embraced!" She shrugs like, No shit, you idiot, that's how this works. And she's right. This event might as well be taking place on a soundstage. All that matters is that the manufactured support looks real on the evening news tonight and in the paper tomorrow.
Lamont's events, by contrast, have been full of genuine enthusiasm and unpaid supporters but informal and amateurish from a media-war point of view. Standing there in the oppressive sun watching the fake Lieberman event, I wonder whether Ned, with all the attendant populist hopes that have been projected onto him can withstand the weight of the Big Dog's rally and then a ten-day onslaught of expensive stage management. Welcome to the big leagues, selectman.
And here is the only acknowledgement of the African American vote and the rolw it played in the primary that I've seen. Lieberman supporters love to make an issue of Sharpton and Jackson's presence in CT, but I wonder how they'd feel if Sharpton and Jackson had been out stumping for Lieberman.
Ned Lamont is white. I mean, really white. Prep school at Exeter, undergrad at Harvard (where one of the libraries carries his family name), grad school at Yale. He comes from old money (his great-grandfather was a chairman at J. P. Morgan), his wife made lots more, he made more himself. He doesnÂt exactly exude street cred. Ned volunteer-teaches in tough schools in Bridgeport, which everyone respects, but still, thereÂs a wall of privilege around him. But in the closing days of this race itÂs clear that Ned will win in affluent, white suburbs and that Joe will win in ethnic blue-collar towns, so it comes down to this: If Ned can mobilize disaffected blacks, heÂll win the biggest upset in a generation. If not, he wonÂt.
Cain, Kenneth. "THE KISS OF DEATH". GQ October 2006