Lieberman and Lamont both gave a respectable, if uninspired showing. Lamont did his best to tie Lieberman to the Bush administration; while Lieberman made a point of including the phrase "bi-partisan politics" into nearly every answer he gave. Ned didn't make any waves, but in the future I'd like to see a more assertive stance from him. Lieberman seemed to focused on the past, not someone looking towards the future.
It was Alan Schlesinger's Day.
When the debate was over I attended Schlesinger's press availability. He took the time to answer some questions from traditional media as well as bloggers.
I asked Schlesinger what he wanted people who had just seen him for the first time to know about him and his campaign.
All I can say is listen closely in these debates, watch who's telling you the truth, watch who's trying to sidestep questions, watch who's trying to be the politician, and who's just trying to give you a straight answer. That's what I want people to look at.
Schlesinger believes that because of his performance in the debate the media will now pay attention to his candidacy.
I believe now, if the press gives me a change, if they'll listen to my message, if they'll let Republicans know, that they can have a choice. They don't have to vote for a liberal Democrat. I believe I will win this election.
Ned Lamont probably didn't win any votes today, but he certainly didn't lose any. Joe Lieberman can't say the same. If Alan Schlesinger's poll numbers go up, they're coming right out of Joe Lieberman's pocket.