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August 11, 2006
At Least It Wasn't Blackface

The saga of Ned Lamont and his clueless campaign continues this evening, as his top aide prepares an apology to a town that voted heavily for Joe Lieberman. After the election results came into campaign headquarters, Tom Swan referred to Waterbury in particularly unpleasant terms:

Democrat Ned Lamont's campaign manager said he would apologize to the mayor of Waterbury for describing the city that backed his opponent, Sen. Joe Lieberman, as a place "where the forces of slime meet the forces of evil."

Tom Swan said the comment made Tuesday, after the city voted heavily for Lieberman in the Democratic Senate primary, was in the context of a broader discussion of state politics in which former Mayor Philip A. Giordano was the "slime" and former Gov. John G. Rowland was the "evil."

Doesn't this sound like a Lamont excuse? After all, Swan's boss was the one who said that he didn't know anything about blogs and bloggers after Jane Hamsher -- the woman who had directed Ned in one of his Internet video ads -- posted a photoshopped picture of Joe Lieberman in blackface at the Huffington Post. Now Swan wants Waterbury residents to know that his comment about them serving as a juncture between slime and evil had nothing to do with their support for Lieberman. Oh, no -- he thinks that way about Waterbury regardless of how residents voted on Tuesday.

Somehow, I don't think they're going to feel much better about Lamont after that explanation.

Rasmussen will report that Lieberman has a five-point lead over Lamont in the upcoming three-way race, as I noted earlier. Even more telling, Lamont's positives have dropped down to just 50%, well below Lieberman's, perhaps in part because of his late campaign stumbles. I'd guess that his positives might be in the single digits in Waterbury at this point.

UPDATE: I'm thinking that the residents of Waterbury may be recalling Bill Murray's line from Ghostbusters: "Hey, I'm a voter. Aren't you supposed to lie to me and kiss my butt?"

UPDATE II: Thanks to Mojo in the comments for the correct quote; I'd left off the "lie to me" part.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 11, 2006 9:19 PM

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