Mid-Day Update: Lieberman Smears Lamont Already On Terror Plot
Here’s what else is going on today.
Lieberman kicked off his independent bid today by connecting Iraq with the disrupted terror plot in a smear of Ned Lamont. I wonder how long it will be before we see Joe run the "Ned Lamont equals Osama" commercials that weasel Saxby Chambliss ran against Max Cleland back in 2002?
The San Francisco Chronicle noted today that the Lamont victory was just as much about change and a rejection of the status quo. Chuck Todd says the same thing, which makes you wonder how a stale Lieberman will sell himself this fall. Strike that; see above.
The most interesting interview this weekend will be Mike Wallace’s “60 Minutes” interview with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The soldier who blew the lid off the Abu Ghraib scandal feared reprisals from fellow soldiers and from within the Pentagon, and was shocked to see Rummy put the finger on him publicly at a Senate hearing.
Another bombing at a Shiite shrine in Najaf today killed at least 33 worshipers. But remember, things are supposedly calm outside of Baghdad.
Oil prices fell today after the foiled terror plot, based on concerns that demand would fall due to reduced airline traffic and tumbling consumer confidence.
The latest Carville-Greenberg strategy memo notes that the white rural vote is up for grabs this election, for the first time in years. The GOP is in danger of losing this key part of their base over dissatisfaction with high prices, stagnant incomes, and the war in Iraq.
Larry Sabato says the Democrats are leading or leaning towards picking up five Senate seats, with up to 32 House seats in play for the Democrats.
If either of the last two elections were held now, Bush would lose to both Gore and Kerry.