Beating a Dead Horse

Political Wire’s Quote of the Day:

“Even if Joe Lieberman leaves the race, it will still be a three-way race, me, Schlesinger and Gold. So it’s going to be crowded.” — Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont (D), on Hardball, referring to GOP rival Alan Schlesinger’s (R) gambling name, “Alan Gold.”

Great line. There’s something just a little unsporting going after a major party nominee polling in the single digits less than 90 days out, though.

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Comments

  1. madmatt says:

    There is a little something unsporting about rethugs not backing their own candidate!

  2. Len says:

    You hit it in the last sentence, James. Gold, er… Schlesinger… and Lamont are the only major party nominees in this race. Loserman, er… Lieberman… lost the nomination of his party, so he nominated himself.

    In today’s two party system, you campaign against the nominee of the other party. Lamont should be campaigning against Gold or Schlesinger or whatever his name is. He should be treating Loserman like a bug on the bottom of his shoe, which is what he is.

  3. James Joyner says:

    Len:

    I’m not a fan of candidates taking a second bite of the apple. I support “sore loser” laws to prevent that.

    That said, Lieberman is playing by the rules of the game as they exist. He’s the most popular candidate at the moment among Connecticut voters. That he’s not popular with the Democratic nominating electorate is really irrelevant. He should have realized that, though, and withdrawn from the primaries weeks ago.

  4. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    I don’t know what you people are talking about. If it were not for Ross Perot, Bill Jefferson Clinton would never ever have been President of the United States. Once again we see the left, and those with leftist tendencies, James, subscribe to a standard not in evidence. Why should radicals be able to steal an election by deception? I’ll bet anything, Joe Lieberman never in his life appeared in black face. Lamont is a provable liar. Why should he run, nearly unopposed when a more popular candidate exists?

  5. Len says:

    That he’s not popular with the Democratic nominating electorate is really irrelevant.

    Okay, we’ll just forget that it was the Democratic nominating electorate that has given him his whole career up to this point.

    Tell you what… let’s just forget about the nominating process altogether and put the names of whoever wants to run on all the ballots in November. Heck, I’ll run for everything. Surely I’ll get elected for something! With enough people on the ballot, I figure about five votes should win something for me. Senator, Representative, President… whatever. I’m not picky.

    And Zelsdorf Ragshaft III, what you wrote is just gibberish. Could you possibly make some sense of it for me? Thanks.

  6. Tell you what… let’s just forget about the nominating process altogether and put the names of whoever wants to run on all the ballots in November.

    Hey, it worked for the Democrats in New Jersey even if it doesn’t for the Republicans in Texas.

  7. Len says:

    Hey, it worked for the Democrats in New Jersey even if it doesn’t for the Republicans in Texas.

    Hey! I’m from Texas. Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?!

    If you are referring to DeLay… he got nominated. He won his primary. He just doesn’t (for some reason) want to run. I think it’s because being a lobbyist pays more than being a congressman, but that’s just what I think. (And off topic. Sorry, James.)

  8. I think this speaks more to Lamont’s judgement than anything else. I have a guy polling in single digits. I have another guy polling ahead of me. Part of the reason the guy is polling in single digits is that those of his party who support him are instead dramatically supporting the guy with the lead.

    So what do you do? Do you beat up on the guy polling in single digits or do you try to reach out to the independent and other voters? Lamont was polling better among republicans that Schlesinger. Being able to prioritize your application of resources (such as free media coverage) would seem to be one of those ‘walk and chew gum’ kind of skills you would look for in a candidate.

  9. Len — Your comment must have been inadvertently abbreviated as it appears to be missing any discussion of the circumstances surrounding Robert Torricelli’s remarkably similar situation. Or is there a different set of rules for Democrats when it comes to rank hypocrisy in accepting the results of primary elections?

  10. Len says:

    Who’s Robert Torricelli?

    Kidding!

    Sorry, he hadn’t entered into the conversation. Neither, for that matter, had Exterminator Tom until I introduced him.

    I think we were talking about Lamont, Loserman and Gold or Schlesinger or whatever his name is (you know… the Republican nominee for Senator from the great state of Connecticut).

    Besides, Torricelli is so four years ago.

  11. Kent G. Budge says:

    There’s something just a little unsporting going after a major party nominee polling in the single digits less than 90 days out, though.

    Picking on someone his own size?

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