Thursday, August 03, 2006

Sirota and Me: Part II - A 40% Victory

I would love to talk to you about economics, but politics do call...

Tonight at the event, David Sirota made what I thought was a helluva an admission.

I haven't talked much about the Lieberman-Lamont race here because I pretty much don't care. It ain't my state. I ain't into national Democrat politics.

However.

Tonight, when asked about the Lamont-Lieberman race, Mr. Sirota responded that if Lamont got 40% of the primary vote it would be a victory. It would let other Democrats know they did not own their seats. It's the people's seat.

40%.

Not a win. Not even a close loss. 60-40.

Now I don't know about where you are from, but where I am from a 60-40 victory is a whitewashing. Either someone is playing the expectations game or they know something the rest of us don't.

Either way. 40% is not a victory in anyone's book.

UPDATED: So this morning I listened to the podcast of the event and got the exact quote.

"I think as long as Ned Lamont gets above 40% the battle has been
won in a certain extent"

It's a really odd statement given the importance that some have placed on this race. Browsing the "netroots" sites this morning makes it even odder. Most are crowing that the latest polling numbers have Lamont crushing Lieberman. Like I said last night, I think someone is playing the expectations game (to a ridiculous degree) but still, it's all very odd. If Lamont gets unexpectedly crushed in the primary, well, we will probably hear the thud all the way down here.

3 comments:

Richard Campbell said...

It is rather odd. Today's polling:

"Momentum for Ned Lamont, the anti-war Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate, increases as he rolls to a 54 - 41 percent lead over incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 51 - 47 percent Lamont lead among likely Democratic primary voters in a July 20 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University."

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