Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Posts Tagged ‘Ned Lamont

Closing Some Tabs

leave a comment »

Closing some tabs.

* Terrible news, everyone: International Science Fiction Reshelving Day has been canceled.

* Still mad at SIGG for lying about the BPA content in its canteens? Don’t worry; there’s BPA in everything.

* Having solved all the world’s ills, the Catholic Church paid $500,000 to see marriage equality go down in Maine.

* I was hoping Ned Lamont would make another run against Joe Lieberman. Too bad.

* And Neil sends in a fun Flash application about scale.

Written by gerrycanavan

November 5, 2009 at 3:42 am

Liebermania

leave a comment »

The big news yesterday was, of course, Joe Lieberman’s threat to join the Republican filibuster on the health care bill, proving right my suspicion of everything that guy does. Never a popular figure in the progressive blogosphere, Lieberman is especially loathed today; see Steve Benen, Open Left, Steve Benen, Nate Silver, Steve Benen, Kos, and Steve Benen, for starters. I confess that Jonathan Chait’s take is pretty close to my own:

He’s not a Democrat and won’t be running on the Democratic ticket in 2012. Moreover, my read on him is that he’s furious with the party, resentful of President Obama (who beat his friend in 2008) and would relish a Democratic catastrophe.

Lieberman strikes me as a creature of spite with a long list of enemies, and I think he’d happily be the lone vote to scuttle the sixty-year dream of health care reform if he thought it would hurt Ned Lamont voters. I’ve never trusted him as a reliable vote and I question the wisdom of continually bending over backwards to keep him “happy” when it makes no apparent difference in his actions. The man spoke at the Republican National Convention, for heaven’s sake. He’s not on our side.

For what it’s worth, Ezra Klein says it’s probably a bluff, and I hope he’s right.

Sadly, Lieberman’s threats are emboldening the other conservative Democrats to make similar threats.

I sure hope reconciliation is still in the tank if Reid’s miscalculated.

Written by gerrycanavan

October 28, 2009 at 5:55 am

More on Specter

leave a comment »

The netroots blogs are already talking about a primary challenge to Specter, despite apparent party-boss promises to the contrary. Right now most of the talk centers around the Employee Free Choice Act, which Specter recently decided he opposed back when he was still trying to protect his right flank from Pat Toomey. There’s been speculation that Specter’s reference to EFCA in his statement earlier today referred only to voting against the bill itself, and that he’d vote to invoke cloture—but it’s looking now as if he won’t vote for cloture either. In that case put money on the idea of a “miraculous compromise” on EFCA that modifies the language just enough to give Specter cover to flip-flop back. A Ned-Lamont-style primary challenge backed by Labor and the netroots would otherwise be almost inevitable, Rendell’s promises notwithstanding, and unlike Connecticut Pennsylvania has a “sore loser” law that would prevent a Liebermanesque run as an independent.

P.S.: Don’t miss Steele’s response to all this invoking the ugly specter of Arlen Specter’s mama.

Written by gerrycanavan

April 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Meanwhile, in Barack Obama News

leave a comment »

Meanwhile, in Barack Obama news—and is there any other kind?—the day of Ten Thousand Endorsements continues with Ned Lamont.

Written by gerrycanavan

January 11, 2008 at 1:38 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with , ,