Monday, October 23, 2006

Coming Soon...

This summer a group of bloggers had a sit-down with Dan Malloy at a coffee shop in Middletown. After the meeting I was in line for a refill when I heard one barista ask her co-worker who this Dan Malloy person was and if he was running for office.

Fast forward to Saturday morning. Genghis and I sat down with Alan Schlesinger at that same coffee shop. After the interview I found myself standing in the same spot, listening to the couple next to me talk about Alan Schlesinger being there and how well he'd done at the debates. They weren't the only ones. Schlesinger told me that the biggest change since the debates is that everyone knows who he is now, and they know he's running against Ned Lamont and Joe Lieberman.

Expect to see our feature on Schlesinger tomorrow or the next day, after the Senate debate. He has a real fire in his belly and some ideas, especially about Social Security, that are worth considering. He and I don't agree on much politically, but having a Republican in the mix does force Joe and Ned to take positions on issues that they otherwise might not have to bother with.

Tonight is the third and final Senate debate. It will be broadcast live at 8PM on Channel 8 and moderated by George Stephanopoulos. CTLP will be there to provide comprehensive debate coverage.

Feel free to post all debate speculation and predictions here.

24 comments:

brickbat said...

Are all five involved in this debate or just the "big" three?

If it's all five, I'll be as embarrassed for Stephanopolous as I was for Bob Schieffer. And embarrassed for the state, when I think that people from the rest of the country may see it on CSPAN.

Not to pick on the two little guys, AS's antics are embarrassing in and of themselves - and he's supposedly a major party candidate.

As for predictions: Joe will continue to be patronizing and will attack his opponents even as he decries 'negativity' and 'partisanship'. Ned will talk too fast and appear bug-eyed. Alan will act the fool.

Not that it will matter. The public seemingly has decided they want to keep the sanctimonious war monger.

Anonymous said...

the race is over.
any person who has been involved in campaigns at the highest level understands that this race is over. a piece on schlesinger at this point in time simply shows a pandering to Lamont that is disgusting.

Shadow said...

The public has not decided anything yet. Two weeks before the primary the Q poll had Lamont down by double digits, and everyone said he couldn't win. That's where we are right now... aside from that, I agree with the majority of your analysis, save the cheap shot at minor parties (I would rather have candidates with substance and no public speaking experience than candidates with public speaking experience and no substance, and recently political history should have taught all of us this lesson by now; having said that, it's best to have both attributes in a candidate). But anyway, that is not issue tonight, as it is just a three way debate.

I think Lamont will continue to improve based on the fact that that has been his trend over the three televised debates he has had with Lieberman; in the primary debate, Lamont looked like a deer in the headlights for the first fifteen minutes before turning it around, and he has gradually worked on getting more relaxed and speakly more slowly and comfortably in the debates since then. Schlesinger will no doubt be just as effective as he has been in the first two debates, and it remains to be seen whether Lieberman will dig himself deeper into a hole like he did with his first two performances; the curveball from last time was his sudden 180' to an anti-Iraq war message, and whether or not people are going to buy his sincerity on the issue.

On another note, I hope that one thing everyone learns from this race down the road is that many polls are reported in the media without their lag time being highlighted to the audience or taken into account by the analysts. Any effect we will see from even the first two debates will not be reflected until the polls released later this week, and it is ignorant to presume otherwise as has become the general consensus.

joejoejoe said...

Thanks to everyone on CLP for the great coverage. One detail in this Lieberman petty cash incident that has been lacking is what kind of petty cash filings have similar campaigns made in other states?

According to OpenSecrets Connecticut falls between MO, TN, AZ, and WA this cycle? How much petty cash are those candidates declaring on their FEC filings?

http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topraces.asp

Anonymous said...

Joe just gave a minute and a half opening statement, when the agreement was no opening statements. What a schmuck!

Anonymous said...

No debate play-by-play?

Anonymous said...

Joe says Ned is for giving up in Iraq. But Joe won't really say what his plan is for success in Iraq. B/C he doesn't have one.

Anonymous said...

What a classic camera shot. Schlesinger steps in front Lieberman and makes him look like a very small man. Then they show a shot with Lieberman over Joe's shoulder, with Lieberman pouting.

Anonymous said...

Oh man I love this set-up. Alan again steps right in front of Joe.

Anonymous said...

Alan misses the point that we are already paying for the uninsured. And it is more expensive to have them in our ER's and not in the system.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh. Lieberman let's loose his first whine.

Anonymous said...

If Joe has such bipartisan pull, why hasn't he persuaded his GOP brethren to deal with the uninsured and our broken health care system.

Anonymous said...

Schlesinger is a fool if he really thinks we seal all 18,000 miles of borders. But if it brings the racist vote home, God bless him.

Anonymous said...

Lieberman talking about winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. LMAO. What complete bullshit. Its like we're not really occupying Iraq.

Anonymous said...

Ned is dead on about Iran. These other two would keep us on the path to Armageddon.

Anonymous said...

Okay a question about human rights for Lieberman. Here come the prevarications.

So Joe thinks we can't be secure without tossing habeus corpus. Now he's going the other way. Whoops, now he flips back.

Anonymous said...

Every time Schlesinger speaks, Lieberman looks as if he might break out in tears.

Anonymous said...

Mark Davis asks about negative advertising. WARNING; Lieberman whine approaching!

Anonymous said...

Alan talks about the obscene amount of money in this race. Ned's $12 million or Joe's $15 million in special interest donations.

Anonymous said...

Lieberman whines and forgets about his own negativity.

Anonymous said...

Ted Mann asks about progress in Iraq.

Lamont finally lands a real punch. Can't wait for Lieberman's response.

Anonymous said...

Joe saw real progress? What won't this guy say.

JOE has no real plan for success why does he lay it off on Lamont?

Anonymous said...

Joe talks down to Schlesinger once again. What a patronizing Son of a Bitch.

Final Lieberman whine!

Anonymous said...

Joe's bi-partisanship helped pass the Bankruptcy Bill, the Bush energy bill, the Defense of Marriage Act, etc...