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If ever you wanted to know what the Lieberman-Lamont race was really about, just read this quote from the Hartford Courant - it says it better than anyone else could.

"The Washington lawyers and lobbyists in those rooms will come back for Joe Lieberman. Who knows what Lamont would be like?" - Enron lobbyist and former Lieberman chief of staff Michael Lewan, at a fundraiser this week by Washington lobbyists for Joe Lieberman [Source: Hartford Courant, 8/4/06]

You can also take a look at right-wing neoconservative icon Robert Kagan's piece in the Washington Post lamenting how Lieberman is supposedly the "last honest man" in politics - a desperate attempt to distract attention from Lieberman's open, brazen, disgusting, insulting lies about Iraq and Social Security. Kagan wants us to believe that "the questioning of [Lieberman's] Democratic credentials is absurd given that he was, after all, the party's candidate for vice president in 2000" - right, because to DC insiders, that VP-nominee distinction is a good excuse to make sure no one looks at Lieberman's moves to sellout working people on issues like trade or health care.

This is what it all comes down to, folks. Washington lobbyists, Enron shills, and right-wing neoconservative ideologues in D.C. will keep showering Lieberman in cash and praise because Lieberman has served them so obediently over the years. And they are afraid that Lamont might actually be a Senator who represents ordinary people that they could not control.

That is what this race is all about. That is why the Washington cocktail party circuit is freaking out as never before. They know that this could be the beginning of the end of the era where American politics is their exclusive property, where public policy is handed down from their gated communities in Northern Virginia, and where the future of this country is decided in air conditioned office suites on K Street. They are, in short, having a collective temper tantrum that small-d democracy actually still exists in America. And come Tuesday, if we work as hard as possible, we're going to show them that their panic is justified - because we're taking our country back.

Originally posted to davidsirota on Sat Aug 05, 2006 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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