Monday, August 14, 2006

Lieberman's Attacks On Lamont Will Backfire Badly

Although the first post primary polls out of Connecticut show Joe Lieberman with a slim lead over Ned Lamont, if Lieberman continues to attack the Lamont victory by saying it emboldens the terrorists, that lead will vanish soon.

"My God, here we have a terrorist threat against hearth and home, and the very first thing that comes out of their mind is how can we turn this to partisan advantage. I find that offensive," Lamont said Sunday.

The voters of Connecticut will take this as a slap in their face to their intelligence. Obviously, Lieberman's camp feels that if they couldn't win the primary by being the "Joe" that everybody loved they are going to take a page out of the Republican playbook and attack Lamont on the one issue that they still feel resonates with the voters...Terror.

Unfortunately for Lieberman, the voters this time around are going to do a better job of separating issues. No longer will it be easy for the Republicans to morph the war on terror with the war in Iraq, and more and more, voters are beginning to see that the war in Iraq is doing more damage than good in the struggle to kill the terrorists who really mean harm to the American homeland.

Don't be surprised to see polls in the next few weeks beginning to tighten and then start to show a Lamont lead. His job now is to stay on message, which it sounds like he's going to do.

“I’m not changing my message one iota now,” Lamont said. “It is a message that resonates. It’s not just Democrats who think that we need real change in Washington, D.C.”

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