The ugliest moment came when during this same press conference one of the Liebergoons attacked a man holding a Lamont sign while the same man was holding an infant child probably no older than six months. The Liebergoons ripped up part of the Lamont sign.
Or was it this?
Dan Barrett, of Hamden, insisted on holding up a Lamont sign amid the remaining covey of Lieberman supporters. Patti Loughman, of Newtown, sitting nearby, thought that was ill-mannered and told Barrett so, repeatedly. The two exchanged words, then Barrett told Loughman to "Shut up."
At that point, Loughman's husband, Pat, reached in to grab Barrett's sign and there was a flurry of shoving and grabbing. Because Barrett was carrying his child as well as a Lamont sign, his wife, Lauren, cried out to protect the baby and was in tears afterward. The scuffle broke up when Newtown police intervened. "This is what happens to Lamont signs when you're around Lieberman people," said Barrett, holding his badly-torn cardboard rectangle."What's he doing carrying a baby in a place like that anyway?" Patti Loughman said. "That's what I told him. What a whack job.”(Miller)
Depending on who you are and who you support, this was either a vicious attack on a baby-carrying Lamont supporter by a Lieberman “goon”, or a Lamont supporter behaving like an inconsiderate, irrational, obnoxious "whack job". There’s almost certainly truth in both versions. It looks like a Lamont supporter did something annoying, and a Lieberman supporter overreacted. That happens a lot--so much so that opinion leaders on the Lamont side are actually encouraging people not to be jerks on the Lieberman blog, for fear of bad press.
The absolute hatred and bile these two sides and their supporters feel for one another can’t be understated. It seems stronger on the Lamont side, because it’s mixed up with the general rage against the Bush Administration, the war and the lousy direction of the country, but that doesn’t mean that the frustrated annoyance and anger Lieberman supporters feel is any less real. Worse, the two sides don't seem to understand one another at all. Remember Bush and Kerry supporters? This is worse. It's so much more personal.
Which is how we get to events like Newtown, the fight at the diner in Meriden and others. This will probably happen again and again before the election. But once November is over and done, what then?
Miller, Robert. "Politics on parade." Danbury News-Times 5 September, 2006.
Davefromqueens. My Day At Today's Parade With Joe Lieberman in Newtown. Daily Kos Diary - 4 September, 2006. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/9/4/141222/4074.