Sunday, August 06, 2006

Scylla? Charybdis? No — The Lotus-Eaters

I live in Connecticut, which puts me at a disadvantage when I want to criticize people in other states for having corrupt politicians. We had a governor sent to prison for graft, one mayor serving nine years for selling city contracts and another doing thirty-seven for bribing a crack whore to let him rape her two prepubescent daughters. (Is it true, that there exist states where “at least he’s not a child molester” is considered damning with faint praise, not an actual selling point?) I never voted for any of these guys but still occasionally feel the need to defend my home by waving my hands vaguely and saying “well, the scenery’s quite pretty and besides, without Connecticut people traveling between Boston and New York would have no place to stop for a bathroom break.”

We’ve also got Joe Lieberman, a Senator who calls himself a Democrat because his lips cannot shape the words “I am a Republican” while they’re superglued to George W.’s ass. At least he’s not a child molester. But neither is Ned Lamont, who’s challenging Lieberman for the Democratic candidacy. This means Connecticut’s having a Democratic primary this Tuesday, which has become national news for some reason involving the future of the Republican Party, Democratic party, Americans’ perception of the war in Iraq and possibly the price of gasoline too. My opinion: get Lieberman out first, worry about the ramifications later.

There’s a series of radio ads running in Connecticut featuring a George W. soundalike talking about why we all need to support the war, avoid criticizing the president at this vital juncture in history, and stop letting silly civil-liberties concerns stand in our way of fighting the War on Terror. The first time I heard such an ad I thought “that’s funny, I remember W. wording it differently when he said that.” Of course the denouement is that it was Lieberman, not Bush, who said such things, and the ad ends with the real Bush talking about what a great guy Lieberman is.

He’s threatened to run as an independent candidate if Lamont wins the primary, which means a three-way race that’ll likely give the Senate seat to the Republican guy, what’s-his-name. If Lamont doesn’t win the primary, we’ll have a Republican Senator regardless of whether Lieberman or what’s-his-name wins the election. Either way Connecticut will have Republican representation in the Senate this fall.

Conclusion: next election, for the first time ever, I’ll be voting for the libertarian candidate. Assuming Connecticut can scrounge one up to put on the ballot.

I hope he’s not too insane.


Anonymous A Moose said...

I hope he’s not too insane.

Or "she", you sexist thing you...

Actually, why don't you pitch a hat in the ring? That would be fun to watch :)

4:51 PM  
Blogger rhhardin said...

You vote? Waste of time.

Convince other people to vote your way, and you do much better.

Of course if everybody thought that way, it would be worth voting. But they don't.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Ahhh... I disagree on your assessment of Lamont's chances in the general election. Lieberman's seat is safely Democratic, even if he decides to run as an independent. Remember, it was only two weeks ago that Lamont and Lieberman were running neck and neck, and now Lamont has a 12-point lead. The same will happen in a three-way general election, for when Lamont becomes the Democratic standard-bearer, rest assured that Democrats on the fence will come home to the party, rather than risk the seat falling to the Repugs.

You heard it here: Lamont wins the primary AND the general election. And neither will be particularly close.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

We got both Lieberman and Lamont coming to the station today to shoot a one-hour special for prime-time that airs tonight. Fun.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

A Moose has a good idea. C'mon Jennifer, After years of dull Joe, Connectucut needs a fiery red-hed in office.


9:12 AM  
Anonymous A Moose said...


And thus started the write in campaign. How can we get some free publicity?

10:23 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'd almost consider being the LP's sacrificial candidate, if not for the fact that I'd have to quit my job to do it. (I'm pretty sure there's a journalism-ethics reason why a candidate for an office can't cover stories about other candidates for the same office.)

10:28 AM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

I'm pretty sure there's a journalism-ethics reason why a candidate for an office can't cover stories about other candidates for the same office.

Prob so, but if you weren't reporting on candidates, and other things, would that work? I think it would be great. Seriously. Make the front page of Reason, get some free publicity, get a woman who is attractive though prone to pics looking up through the eyebrows, and (again presumably, as a libertarian) pro second amendment in the northeast (major shock for the general populace in that area), running on a libertarian platform. If nothing else, would shake some people up.

Heck, if I had enough coin to move to CT just to vote for you, I would ;)

11:01 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Moose, my campaign would last five minutes before the media had a field day with me. I had far too much fun in my youth to be a serious candidate now.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

I had far too much fun in my youth to be a serious candidate now.

That doesn't seem to be a problem for our current, nor our previous president.

11:22 AM  

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