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CT-Senate Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL: With the news of Senator Joe Lieberman’s retirement, it is time for Democrats to dream. Sure, Chris Murphy looks to be the early leader. But a Senate seat with Ted Kennedy Jr., Keith Olbermann or even Alec Baldwin would feel like karmic payback for the nonsense liberals put up with from Joe Lieberman lo these past few decades. Continue reading

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Joe Lieberman: Hero?

JESSICA BADER: At this time last year, when the legislative grudge match du jour in the Senate was health care reform, the mere mention of Joe Lieberman’s name was enough to make me tense up and start muttering under my breath. What a difference a year makes. In the waning days of the 111th Congress, another key liberal goal left simmering from the last time Democrats controlled both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue was finally realized, and on this Lieberman was not a speedbump but a driving force. As odd and disconcerting as it feels, today Joe Lieberman is a progressive hero.

Like Jessica, I think Joe Lieberman should be commended for his work in bringing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal in for a safe Senate landing. But let’s not get hysterical here: when Patty Murray, head of the DSCC, sits down with Lieberman, it should be to let him know the Democrats will be supporting someone else in Connecticut’s 2012 Senate election. Continue reading

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First to National Ticket: Franken or Pawlenty?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think Christian is right: Pawlenty seems much likelier to hit the national ticket first. But indulge me, if you will, in a little time-travel.

CHRISTIAN HEINZE: You make a pretty good argument for Al Franken, but I’m going to be a Kardashian (the Dad one) and eviscerate your case. Continue reading

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Rep. Joe Barton and the GOP

HOWARD MEGDAL: As a Democrat, it is tremendous to see the Republicans beginning to catch up in the always-lose game of “eating their own”.

Look, what Barton said isn’t going away. It is going to be in ads across the country, in any place where the oil spill is resonating with voters, or where the Democrats decide to nationalize the election. And any after-the-fact actions, like getting Barton to step down from his post as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, or his series of apologies. Continue reading

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FL-SEN: Kendrick Meek’s To Lose?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Conventional wisdom has an independent bid for Florida’s U.S. Senate race by Charlie Crist as a godsend for Kendrick Meek, the Democratic nominee. In fact, many believe that the race is Meek’s to lose once Crist enters the fray as an independent.

But lose it he might. There still may not be room for Meek in this race.

CHRIS PUMMER: If Meek can in fact consolidate Democratic support — and I see no convincing reason why he won’t — he stands to be the winner of the Republican Party’s civil war for Florida. Continue reading

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Real Democrats and the 2011 Senate

JESSICA BADER: Between known patterns working against them (the President’s party tends to lose seats in midterm elections; a lousy economy tends to fire up anti-incumbent sentiment) and recent events fueling a bad narrative (Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat being won by a Republican and the ensuing stalemate over healthcare reform), it certainly doesn’t seem like a good time to be a Congressional Democrat seeking re-election this November. One would think this would be especially true for someone like freshman Representative Tom Perriello.

HOWARD MEGDAL: While Jessica speaks to the efficacy, politically, of the real Democrats, she speaks to what the Democratic Party is likely to be in 2011. Because barring some unforseen change in wind direction, the Senate Democrats will lose some seats in November. Nevada’s going to be awfully tough, Arkansas too, and several others. The question is: what will that leave in 2011? Continue reading

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On Health Care and Compromising

JESSICA BADER: There has been a lot about the healthcare reform debate, especially in the Senate, that has frustrated me to no end – the objections by conservative Democrats to even a weakened public option, the immense leverage that a single Senator can have over the entire process, the way that filibusters have gone from a rarity to the norm, the way that opponents of abortion rights have used the debate to impose further restrictions on access to a legal medical procedure – but in the end, I cannot condemn the tactics used by those who have shaped the legislation in ways contrary to what I would like. My basic philosophy of political negotiation is to take what you can get, but up until the take-it-or-leave-it moment fight like hell to narrow the gap between the world as it is and the world as you’d like it to be. That seems to me to be exactly what Ben Nelson did.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s never made much sense to me that people find it difficult to sell the idea that elections matter. But clearly, the re-election of Joe Lieberman in 2006 may well have cost Americans an incalculable amount of money, since Ned Lamont was certain to be for a public option. More concretely, Lieberman instead of Lamont has clearly resulted in the inability of those 55-64 to buy into Medicare. These most vulnerable in the health care system were set adrift by Joe Lieberman. Continue reading

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In Briefs: The Five People You’d Banish

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: If you could pick 5 celebrities, politicians, otherwise well-known people to send to a deserted island and never be heard from, who would you send?

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: This is hard. There are so many that I strongly dislike. And there are others that I dislike more (like Palin), but their entertainment value is high, so I kind of don’t want them banished.

CHRIS PUMMER: I’d put Pauly Shore on the list, but I think he’s already there. I don’t even see that guy giving commentaries on VH1 “Best of Whatever” shows. And those are sort of the death throes of fame.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Wow, I’ve always thought about this in reverse- the small group of people I’d take with me to the island, leaving the rest of the world on their own.

TED BERG: I’m so happy that Bono-bashing has become more mainstream. I feel like I was one of the first conductors of the anti-Bono railroad.
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Sarah Palin and Women/Joe Lieberman and Jews

HOWARD MEGDAL: A part of the reason Joe Lieberman disgusts me so much isn’t even his fault. He doesn’t ask to represent all Democrats, nor all Jews.

But over the past decade, his identification with both groups has been a cause of significant frustration for me, as someone who is also a member of both groups.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: My original intention with this piece was to deride Sarah Palin for the calculated way she presses her surface advantages—her physical attractiveness, her freshly-scrubbed all-American family, her love of hunting and other hearty outdoor sports. When Palin appeared next to John McCain in her bright, stylish and feminine outfits, she was a cheerful beacon of hope on the old, grey, male landscape of the Republican Party. Her appeal was broad— mothers admired her ability to nurture both her political future and her large family; lascivious old senators called her a spitfire. Gun nuts appreciated her sharpshooter skills, others liked her hair. She seemed like the perfect package—pretty and shiny, motherly and smart—charming when the occasion demanded it, but aggressive and enormously ambitious at the same time. Palin had it all. What could go wrong? Continue reading

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