Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Joe 2.0

Senator Lieberman has relaunched his website, including a call for bloggers. Bloggers and would be bloggers are being invited to join Joe's Online Truth Squad.

From the site:


One of the easiest ways for our supporters to help get our message out for Round Two of the campaign, and counteract the destructive distortions of our opponents, is to join Joe's Online Truth Squad.
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Otherwise, you can do us a big favor just by monitoring the big political blogs that have been spreading lies and myths about Joe, and when you see something you know is wrong, post a comment to set the record straight.


As promised Joe's new site now boasts an official campaign blog. The three posts currently up feature plenty of snark. They routinely refer to Ned as the "Lamonster" and even accuse Lamont's Communications director Liz Dupont Diehl of being blinded by partisan anger. But then he keeps reminding us, Senator Lieberman is all about civility.

In his post Dan Gerstein promises not to censor the comments for those who support Ned Lamont so long as they Currently the comments section is a far more interesting read than the official content. Based on what we've seen from them so far I can't imagine that the Lieberman campaign will allow the flow of criticism (constructive and not so constructive) to continue.

Oh, and to any new members of Joe's Online Truth Squad: welcome.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joe is stealing a page from Jim Maloney...drawing the charge and then screaming he's been fouled.

The Nedinistas are playing the game exactly as planned

Bobby McGee said...

"The Nedinistas are playing the game exactly as planned"

Nearly all the posts have been pretty respectful so far. I agree that if the Ned supporters who seem to have taken over Lieberman's blog start becoming uncivilized, it will be playing into their hands. But, as long as they keep up the respectful tone i think they'll be fine.

The blog is kinda a joke though. There are literally 20 anti-Lieberman comments to every pro one. And the posters don't comment or answer any of the questions asked. It's full of childish name-calling and such. Let's hope it gets forgotten quickly.

TrueBlueCT said...

It will be interesting to see if Dan Gerstein or Eric Blankenbaker actually respond substantively to any of the questions posed to the Lieberman campaign.

One of the first big questions is whether the Lieberman camp has found any proof that Joe 1.0 was hacked by Lamont supporters. If not, an impartial person might think that the other side was due an apology.

And yes, there is a ton of snark against the Jokester. But then again, Senator Lieberman is about as snarkworthy as they come.

Anonymous said...

bobby mcgee said: "There are literally 20 anti-Lieberman comments to every pro one. And the posters don't comment or answer any of the questions asked. It's full of childish name-calling and such."

That's the point! This is a distraction for the Lamont bloggers who are wasting their time on Joe's blog rahter than campaigning for Ned.

It's just that they are so blinded by their anger that they can't see that is what is going on here.

Ooops, I just let the cat out of the bag!

cgg said...

Anon 10:00 I see far more frustration in the comments section than anger. The whole idea of being blinded by anger is pretty silly, especially considering how successful Lamont supporters have been so far. People whome are "blinded by anger" generally aren't very productive, and not matter what you think of the Lamont campaign you can't argue with it's results.

Eddie said...

I'm 404ing on all the links at the moment. Wonder if Dan and Eric decided this wasn't such a good idea, or if the evil Lamontistas sandbagged the server again....?

Anon. 10:00 said...

cgg - I don't think that the concept of "blinded by anger" is silly at all. How else would you explain a grown man carrying a 6 month old baby into the middle of a Lieberman press conference carrying a Lamont sign?

And I give the Lamont campaign kudos for running an excellent campaign thus far. I just don't think he deserves as much credit as he is getting.

Here's why:

if Ned was a "normal" candidate and could not write a check for $5 million we wouldn't even be having this discussion;

his smartest tactical decision was hiring Hillsman, who is a genius, and Lamont's connection and introduction to Hillsman was thru former Republican party chairman, Weicker ally and lobbyist Tom D'Amore;

and finally, just about any Democrat who says "I'm against the war and I'll stand up to George Bush" should get support from an overwhelming majority of Democratic primary voters.

If you examine the primary results carefully, I think you would have to say that Lamont's team almost blew it. He had a large lead that he almost lost due to his tactical decision to let the likes of Al Sharpton be the face and voice of the campaign for the last few days.

cgg said...

I don't think that the concept of "blinded by anger" is silly at all. How else would you explain a grown man carrying a 6 month old baby into the middle of a Lieberman press conference carrying a Lamont sign?

I wasn't there so I can't say. But that's an isolated incident involving one person. It does not that the Lamont campaign as a whole is blinded by anger.

and finally, just about any Democrat who says "I'm against the war and I'll stand up to George Bush" should get support from an overwhelming majority of Democratic primary voters.

Let me point you to this article in the Hartfoed Courant.

Lamont had the money and the connections to run. As you have pointed out he also hired good people. He wasn't just any Democrat, but the right candidate at the right time.

anon. 10:00 said...

cgg - I did not mean to imply that the Lamont campaign as a whole is blinded by anger. I only meant to suggest that there are a surprising number of people who post on blogs who are, however. I think I gave a fairly good example to prove my point, albeit an isolated incident. Most Lamont supporters, such as yourself, are good people.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else looked though Joe's blogroll?

The No to Ned site's post for August 29 has a picture of Osama Bin Laden with a Ned Lamont bumpersticker on his turban. It reads "Four out of five terrorists agree... Lamont for Senate!"

Once again, this is the first link from Joe's official site.

Does anyone remember Joe's campaign making a big stink about photoshopped pictures appearing on blogs supportive of Lamont? Anyone?

Someone needs to blog this everywhere.

Genghis Conn said...

Hey! Where did it go?

Anonymous said...

GC,
I never had the chance to see it.

Likely hacked....again.

But definetly by lieberman supporters trying to paint ned as evil...or worse, Rrrr's.

Certainly not by out of state, ultra liberal, well financed lamont supporters with an affinity for the internet.

More dirty tricks from the liebergoons.