Tuesday, August 08, 2006

It's an Election

Yes, emotions are running high in today's primary in Connecticut. And some folks are saying silly things, as happens in intensely fought elections.
Will Bunch of Attytood offers a touch of satire on the moment's passions with this post:
Help, we will lose our blogger's license if we do not mention Ned Lamont!
Actually, the Future Of The Republic, the Senate, the Progressive Movement, Blogging In General and the Democratic Party are not at stake. It's not a Jihad, as Bull Moose has hotly termed it. It's an election.
The Democratic Party is not being marched back to the bad old days of George McGovern by a gang of relentlessly antiwar bloggers. There are plenty of tough-minded Democrats (Joe Biden among them) who understand that we live in a dangerous world, but are also willing to stand up and declare that our position in the world has been made less secure by the disasterous policies of George Bush.
Implausible, you say? Today's Washington Post poll has this finding that may surprise some:
Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism?
Democrats, 46%
Republicans, 38%
As I have pointed out before, many of the prominent bloggers who are supporting Lamont are supporting some Democratic candidates who don't fit the standard liberal mold, like Jon Tester in Montana and Jim Webb in Virginia.
There are other significant primaries on the Democratic side this year. In today's primary in Georgia, Cynthia McKinney, she of the brittle smile, is trailing in the polls to challenger Hank Johnson.
CQ Politics reports that Lousiana congressman William Jefferson, who kept bundles of cold cash in his freezer, is being challenged by Democratic state senator Derrick Sheppard.
Do you see a trend in these primary challenges? I don't.
So when the votes are counted, we will endure the endless explanations of what it all means, and then move on to the next big election, of which there are plenty this year.

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