The Moose suggests that Ned might be judged by the company he keeps.
The Lamont candidacy is a creation of the internet. Sure, the Iraq war is the primary litmus test issue. But let's get real - Limousine Lamont would probably be sunning himself in the Hamptons if it wasn't for the nutroots. They fueled and sustained his candidacy. Lamont is their progeny.
And so, by the nutroots he should be judged. Today's Washington Post,
"The bitter Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut erupted in fresh controversy Wednesday over a doctored photo of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) in blackface that was posted by a blogger who has been an influential promoter of challenger Ned Lamont.
"Lieberman angrily demanded that Lamont denounce the action and sever all ties with Jane Hamsher, the founder of the Web log Firedoglake, who posted the photo on another blog, HuffingtonPost.com. She travels with the campaign along with other bloggers. She is not on the campaign staff but has actively promoted Lamont's candidacy and helped raise money for him through her blog."
Only a few weeks ago, Lamont featured the kingpin keyboarder in a campaign ad (the same one who once made the infamous "screw 'em" comments about the American victims of terrorism). Yet, suddenly Lamont's mind has gone blank about his familiarity with the nutroots,
"Lamont brushed past reporters Wednesday night in Bridgeport, saying: "I don't know anything about the blogs. I'm not responsible for those. I have no comment on them."
And this from the Hartford Courant, (hat-tip - Byron York)
"Lamont arrived with an entourage: His wife, Annie; their campaign driver, Marc Bradley; a blogger, Jane Hamsher; and Bill Hillsman, the creator of his offbeat ads, one of which was played weeks earlier on `The Colbert Report.'"
The Lamont campaign has made much of the inadvertent hug of Joe by President Bush. Well, turnabout is fair play. The embrace of Ned by the vile bloggers tell us much about Lamont. As much as he claims that he is in the middle of the political spectrum, Lamont has embraced the outer reaches of the vulgar left in pursuit of his ambitions.
This incident should be instructive to the national Democratic Party. Enough of the pandering and the capitulating to the nutroots. The embrace of the left blogosphere will come back to haunt the party.
Count on it. --