Free press release for Senate Democrats on Lamont-Lieberman
It's been almost a week since Ned Lamont won the Democratic Senatorial nomination in Connecticut, defeating George W. Bush's best friend in the Democratic party, Joe Lieberman. Like me, I'm sure you've watched as a large number of Senate Democrats came out of their pre-primary shells and announced the correct choice from both an ethical and political perspective: To support Lamont as the duly-chosen nominee of the party, even if it means withdrawing support from their longtime colleague.
This shouldn't be that difficult now that Joe has abandoned them and their party, an act of disloyalty so profound that it would seem to release them from any personal obligation they may feel to stick with him.
As I said in my piece yesterday about the current status of all Democratic Senators vis-ÃƒÂ -vis the sad Lieberman situation, 22 have yet to take a stand.
I am baffled as to why this might be.
I've been the one telling people to get off Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's back and to quit asking him hypothetical questions a month before the August 8 primary, because it was backing Reid -- and other prominent Democrats -- into an untenable corner. I maintained that we should just wait to see what they would say on August 9, when the situation and the need to make a call, became real.
It's past August 9. The situation is real and Ned Lamont is the Democratic nominee to serve the people of Connecticut in the Senate. That should be it. Period. End of story.
What kind of clubby, inside-the-beltway world is inhabited by the fence-sitters that, even accounting for the fact that they are off on their August recess, they can't have a staffer issue a short press release on the subject?
As a strong Democrat in good standing and one with a fair amount of experience as both a writer and a political operative, I'm here to help.