Monday, November 06, 2006

Ned Lamont, you idiot, get staffers who can quote things right

This evening I saw a Ned Lamont commercial showing an old man driving a car into a brick wall, then another, and another. Each brick wall had different graffiti: "Lost 50% manufacturing jobs," "Iraq," and "Privatize Social Security." The old man, who's supposed to be Joe Lieberman, gets out of the car and says, "Stupid car!" Then Lamont appears: "If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting a different result, why send Joe Lieberman back?"

Ned, here's a free clue. Einstein actually said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result." Commercials are limited to 30 seconds, Ned, but you could have had your people trim something to provide the quote correctly.

Lamont and his staff are either willfully dishonest or willfully ignorant. The only thing he could rightfully accuse Lieberman of is supporting the war in Iraq, but polls show that that single issue won't be enough for Lamont to win. As far as the others, Lieberman opposes privatizing Social Security, and how has Lieberman been responsible for these "50% manufacturing jobs" lost? Presumably Lamont means to overseas labor markets, but the fact is that protectionism first harms the country trying to protect its domestic industries, and technology has "destroyed" far more jobs than outsourcing. China has lost many more millions of jobs than the United States because of modernization, so what is Ned Lamont's solution? Going back to hand-operated looms, hand-cut wood and any other muscle-powered processes? After all, it fits the Keynesian bunk of "creating employment."

Your ass is getting creamed tomorrow night, Ned. Hope you have a nice concession speech ready. You know, the standard 21st liberal kind where you charge "voter irregularities" and accuse the winner of having more money. It's too bad, Ned, that it might have worked in other circumstances: this time, you're a millionaire who'd be accusing a fellow Democrat.

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