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Aug 8
A Sign of the Times for Political Leaders?
Senator Joseph Lieberman from Connecticut conceded the democratic primary election to anti-war candidate Ned Lamont in a closely contested race today.

The power of bloggers played a role in this race. Perhaps less “pro-Lamont” and more “anti-Lieberman”, blogs like dailykos fueled grass roots support that was at times vitriolic. Kos writes tonight,

“Well, we got a blockbuster primary turnout. While only about 3 percent of Democrats voted in the Virginia primary a few weeks ago, about 50 percent will have participated today. That's an incredible number -- unprecedented -- for a Senate primary. I'll leave others to do the historical research, but this isn't normal. This is what people-power looks like, and it is changing the face of politics. I will help in whatever way I can the Democratic nominee from the Great State of Connecticut.”  

While Kos calls the Lamont victory an “earthquake” in politics and the “new face of the people-powered movement”, Lieberman blames his defeat on the “old politics of partisan polarization.” From the Washington Post, lieberman.jpg

"I am, of course, disappointed by the results, but I am not discouraged," Lieberman said. "I'm disappointed not just because I lost but because the old politics of partisan polarization won today. For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand."

For democratic leaders, the question remains: can Lamont win the election with Lieberman running as an independent? And is this the new face of politics or old partisan polarization? It is a question for all political leaders and candidates.

Photo Credit Darren Mccollester -- Getty Images


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