Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A small "Ha Ha"

Top Democrat battles voter anger

The Iraq war could claim its biggest US political casualty so far as Democrats in Connecticut choose a candidate to run in November's mid-term elections.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who stood for vice-president in 2000, faces an uphill battle to win the Senate nomination over anti-war newcomer Ned Lamont.

Liberman is, so I'm told, a rock solid zionist and has led joint campaigns with Republicans against alleged film obscenity.

But, who is Ned Lamont? Wikipedia say:

After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1972, Lamont earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University (home of the Lamont Library, named for his great-grandfather Thomas W. Lamont [2] ) in 1976 and a Masters of Public and Private Management from what is now known as the Yale School of Management in 1980. He began his career working for a small Vermont newspaper.[3]

Lamont then entered the cable television industry, managing the startup of Cablevision's operation in Fairfield County, Connecticut. In 1984, he founded, and is currently president and chairman of, Lamont Digital Systems, a builder and operator of advanced telecommunications networks for college campuses and residential gated communities, with over 150,000 subscribers. The company's finances are private, though it currently has 35 employees, down from 100 in 2001.

Before running for the U.S. Senate, Lamont was elected and served as selectman in the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, for eight years (two terms), chaired the state investment advisory council, and served on many civic boards. Lamont unsuccessfully ran for a state Senate seat in 1990, finishing in third place.[4]

So, US politics still hasn't curbed its infatuation with millionaires. It is interesting though, with organisations like MoveOn, directly contrasting themselves to the Christian Coalition, the political expression of the anti-war/progressive movement in America is taking the form of pressure groups attempting to throw a spanner into the works of government (Three million members of MoveOn, think of the potential!).

It'd be nice to get some good background on American Left organisations.

UPDATE (Aug 10th):

Joe Liberman is OUTTAHERE... Small mercies, eh?


El Tom said...

This is a very postive development. He's in such a sulk he's gone to start his own party. On the american left, I really don't get them. they have (on their extreme right) people like Lieberman, then the neocon-cum-social-democrats at Social-Democrats USA, then people like me at DSA, which overlaps with the semi-reformist Socialist party of America, which in turn overlaps with Marxists in an arrangement similar to the SSP, then you get on to the stalinist groups, of whom there are a few with barely a theoretical difference between them. then all your usual trotdom with ISG, CWI etc.

Very broad, I envy them. then again, I wish they were much more numerous. Tough to do in the land of Faux News.

El Tom said...

I do like the american left though, they have a sort of down to earthness about them.

DJN said...

The Democrats are not left-wing. Small left-wing, socialist or Marxist organizations in the Democrats have no sway whatsoever.

And they don't work together well. Front groups, sectarianism, splits, and general uselessness is common in the American left because it has been wandering, dazed through the streets since it was smashed to pieces in the early 1950s.

Any hope for an electoral challenge from the American left lies in the Green Party, which in the US, is a massive umbrella group and not the fairly established parties that exist in Europe or Canada.

I do like the American lefties too, and they are down to earth folks, but they have a very ingrained pessimism from years of defeat and the enormity of the task they face. Of course, this is a generalization and not true of every American lefty.

El Tom said...

Yeah, well like I say, it is a very tough environment for proggressives in a place where free speech is defined exclusively by how much cash ya got.

There are elements of the democratic party which i would call left wing, though reformist, obviously :o)

but then, so are respect, and they reckon they're progressive.

Point being that it is important to support parts of the democratic party, like DSA, and the progressive caucus.