This is crap. They ran a lousy campaign, plain and simple. Of course Reid didn't help,promising Joe his seniority, but the fault lies with their smugness and ineptitude. They made no attempt whatsoever to work with the Dem town committees, and even when asked by supporters if they would campaign with the other candidates, they couldn't even get that much together. They thought they were rock stars and everyone should come to them, the press, other candidates, even other Dems from other states, while they were being what Tom Swan called '"choosey"' I call it downright stupid. The big shot bloggers blew into town and knew so little about local sentiments, they had Lamont walking with Dick Blumenthal in the Vets Day Parade, so Bye, Bye black vote.. Apparently they never heard of Scheff vs CT. I could go on, but what's the use.
I hope Dems don't misread the results and think there was insufficient opposition to Bush and Brown Nose Joe. That was not the problem. They treated CT voters like dumb little kids and practically told us to wear long sleeve shirts and bring bug spray for Christ's sake..This is not to say that Lamont didn't change the whole dialogue of the past election. If not for him, Dems would not be in the majority today because Lamont;'s primary win shook the DLC out its reactive quaking in the corner bullshit., jumping into the corner of Rove's choice.
If this is what Sirota thinks is a campaign second to none, we're in big trouble if anyone lets him run anything. He should stick to research.
"Starroute, you're scaring me (re Gates). No, seriously, I remember lots of this stuff from being alive and reading the news, but conveniently pushed it to the back of my mind. Get a wooden stake guys, we'll have to drive it through that spot where most people have a heart to keep these creeps in their crypts."
"The Lobby opposes a Middle East settlement: they stand for expanding Israeli interests, at the expense of the Arabs and the Persians, and their goal [.pdf] – the atomization of existing Middle Eastern states down to a more manageable stature – is being rapidly accomplished in Iraq. Their goal is to duplicate the process throughout the region, and this means more "regime change" – in Lebanon, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, as well as Iran.
In any contest pitting the Baker Commission against the Lobby, the outcome is going to be problematic – but I'd put my money on the latter. Especially as the neocons ditch their old Republican allies and attach themselves to a new host – the Democratic Party – it is hard to see how the War Party is going to be stopped. Unless, of course, the American people wake up in time – there's always that possibility. The recent election is proof that they haven't fallen permanently asleep: they can be roused, if only there's the right stimulus."
* dreyfuss via scott:
"That will mean that they (Dems) must become a resonant echo chamber for the anti-war voice of the American voter, who will demand nothing less. The Democrats must thunder from the pulpit, threatening to rain down hellfire, hail and brimstone on Republicans who want to stay the course—while scrutinizing every Pentagon budget request and holding investigative hearings into war crimes, abuses, cost overruns and mismanagement. Expect every general who’s ever called for Donald Rumsfeld’s scalp to headline a House or Senate hearing. And just wait ‘til the new leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees get their hands on those long-suppressed files on the lies that got us into war in 2003."