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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Daniel Gross on Joe Lieberman

Daniel Gross watches Joe Lieberman:

Daniel Gross: August 06, 2006 - August 12, 2006 Archives: PISSED-OFF YUPPIE WATCH: Well, Joe Lieberman lost yesterday. And it wasn't legions of blog-reading leftists that did him in. (There aren't many leftists in Connecticut.) No, it was legions of angry, well-off, highly educated professionals -- yuppies -- who did him in. Check out the vote total by town, conveniently supplied by the Hartford Courant.

Lieberman did quite well in blue-collar, working-class redoubts like Bridgeport, East Hartford, Norwich, and Waterbury.

But Lamont racked up big margins in the tony towns of the shore (Madison, Clinton), in Litchfield County (Kent, Litchfield), and especially in Fairfield County. In Greenwich and New Canaan, Wilton and Weston, Darien and Westport, Lamont won by nearly 60-40 margins. By their hundreds and thousands, my neighbors left their million-dollar-plus homes, got in their hybrid SUVs and Volvo station wagons, and registered their displeasure. In Bushenfreude central -- Westport -- 57.6 percent of the town's registered Democrats turned out for the primary, a huge figure, and they went for Lamont by a big margin. And the vast majority of them have still never heard of DailyKos. In fact, the higher the town's median income, it seems, the bigger majority Lamont received.

This morning on the "Today" show, Lieberman closed out his interview with Anne Curry by saying something to the effect that he was going to continue to run, in part, because he wanted to save the Democrats from becoming the party of "Ned Lamont and Maxine Waters." Hmmm. He may be trying to get on the ballot as an independent, but he's already running like a Republican.

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