Chuck Todd of the National Journal had this to say about the Lamont campaign:
But something happened in August that turned this race from being Democrat Ned Lamont's to lose: Lamont didn't go for the kill.
In the two weeks immediately following Lamont's primary victory, Lieberman was reeling. He had no party, little support, little staff and not much money. And what did Lamont do during this critical period? He took his foot off of Lieberman's throat.
There was a period when Lieberman could have been branded a sore loser. In fact, it wouldn't have been the first time Lieberman would have felt that sting. (Think back to the national landscape in 2000.)
But Lamont (and the media) gave Lieberman enough time and oxygen to become an "independent," and that seemed to marginalize Lamont's victory. Too many Connecticut Democrats view Lieberman positively right now. Lamont could have gone on the air immediately in August -- even guilted his new Democratic friends to cut TV ads for him -- and created an atmosphere that might have made Lieberman think twice about continuing his bid.
But that didn't happen. (Todd)
If that wasn't bad enough, the Lamont campaign now has to deal with a very stupid thing said by a supporter:
Hours earlier, former state Treasurer Henry E. Parker had questioned Lieberman's oft-cited civil rights history as he and other black leaders endorsed Lamont.
"I'm saying that my view is there's no evidence of what he's done. Let him prove that he's been there," Parker said at a press conference attended by Lamont.
Lamont's campaign, which immediately seemed to grasp the political misstep, disavowed Parker's claim even before Lieberman produced news clippings placing him in Mississippi. (Hamilton)
Not the best of days for the Lamont campaign. The debates are looking more and more crucial for them--in fact, they may be Lamont's last chance to get back into this race.
Hamilton, Elizabeth and Mark Pazniokas. "Lieberman Says Angrily: `It Is A Lie'." Hartford Courant 12 October, 2006.
Todd, Chuck. "Backseat Driving." National Journal (Online) 11 October, 2006.