Joe Lieberman is doomed, and that's sweet

Connecticut likely Democratic primary voters back challenger Ned Lamont 51 - 45 percent lead over incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman in the U.S. Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 54 - 41 percent Lamont lead among likely Democratic primary voters in an August 3 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In this latest survey, 4 percent of likely Democratic primary voters remain undecided, but 90 percent of voters who name a candidate say their mind is made up.

Among Lamont supporters, 54 percent say their vote is mainly against Lieberman. Lieberman's support for the war in Iraq is the main reason they are voting for Lamont, 36 percent of Lamont voters say, while 54 percent say it is one of several reasons.

I am chillin at my friend's house right now and quickly throwing out a bit. Tomorrow is primary day in Connecticut and senator Joe Lieberman looks set to suddenly lose the Democratic nomination for his own Senate seat.

If you care to look, sites like the DailyKos have lots of updated goods about this race. Mainstream media coverage of the race has generally framed it as a "powerful illuminati leftist bloggers bring down dearly beloved, fairest and most reasonable man in Washington." However, there is a catch: Lieberman is a shitty senator who has totally ignored the needs of his constituents, and this means, in a democracy, that his job should be in jeopardy.

It's true that Ned Lamont expertly used the blog side of things to get some early buzz going, and raise some money from out of the state, but his candidacy would not generate volunteers and genuine interest unless it was obvious to Connecticut Democrats that Lieberman is a horrible senator that they need to get rid of.

And the polls now are showing that Lieberman will probably lose by 5 to 7 points. This means that Lieberman will no longer have workers from organized labor, like the AFL-CIO, to run his get-out-the-vote operation.

Meanwhile, on the national level, the Democrats are winning plenty of fundraising cash. As detailed here, this means that the engine is primed for a serious nationwide Dem sweep in November.

House campaigns raised $544 million (up 18% from 2004 levels) and spent $325.5 million (17% above the previous cycle). They reported a cash balance of $367 million as of June 30. Receipts by Republican House candidates increased 12% with increases for incumbent candidates (23%) and open seat candidates (15%) but a decline in overall receipts for Republican House challengers of 34% when compared with 2004. Democratic candidates' receipts were 26% higher than in the last cycle with a small increase for incumbents (4%) and larger increases for both open seat candidates (46%) and challengers, whose fundraising more than doubled when compared with 2004.

This video should illustrate everything that is wrong with Joe Lieberman. If you still don't get it, well, go straight to Fox News for your idiotbox fix. I promise some more goodies later. I've just been slacking the last few days, chilling on my healing ankle, watching movies, sleeping a lot with the aid of (prescribed) Vicodin. Good times.

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