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From: Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org Political Action
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Subject: Demand progressive voices on Lamont-Lieberman race
The race between Ned Lamont and Joe Lieberman has become a symbol of the progressive fight for a new Democratic Party. But the old-school Democratic pundits don't get it. Can you monitor the media to see who ignores new progressive voices who understand the groundswell in Connecticut best?


Monitor the Media



Dear MoveOn member,

As Connecticut voters go to the polls today, there's another race heating up—the race to define what Ned Lamont's challenge to Joe Lieberman means. Democratic voters want their party to be strong and stand on principle, but the old-school Democratic pundits don't get it—they describe Lamont's momentum as a fringe effort that will hurt the Democrats.1

When the media report on this race, we need them to look to the experts who do get it—new progressive voices like author David Sirota and Markos from top political blog, the Daily Kos. These new progressive voices are intimately involved with challenging the Democratic Party to return to the winning strategy of representing ordinary people, while the old guard of pundits feels threatened by this challenge.

Can you monitor the media to track which sources fail to include new progressive voices who understand the groundswell of support for Ned Lamont against Joe Lieberman? Click the link to sign up:

http://pol.moveon.org/ctprimary/media/

Based on what you report back, we'll ask other MoveOn members to call media sources who fail to include new progressive voices. Now is the crucial moment when the meaning of this race will get set in stone.

Old-school Democratic pundits can't fathom why Democratic voters are so fed up with Joe Lieberman. Some say support for Lamont shows intolerance—a litmus test of Lieberman's war vote. But new progressive voices like David Sirota2 and Markos from the Daily Kos3 understand Lieberman didn't just vote for the war—he consistently gave political cover to George W. Bush and Karl Rove at the exact moments they advanced extreme positions meant to politically bludgeon the Democratic Party and its agenda.

It's impossible for Democrats to be a strong and principled opposition to Bush when Joe Lieberman says those who criticize the president "in matters of war...undermine presidential credibility at our nation's peril."4 Or when Joe Lieberman said in 2005 he had an "open mind" to Bush's Social Security privatization plan that should have been written off immediately as wrong and extreme.

And new progressive voices know the challenge to Lieberman is a widespread, grassroots effort, not the work of an elite few. They know the Democratic Party will win by acting on principle, not by letting the right-wing drag the political "center" more and more to the right.

Please monitor the media to see who
fails to include new progressive voices to make sense of the Lamont-Lieberman race. Just click this link to sign up:

http://pol.moveon.org/ctprimary/media/

Thank you for all you do.

–Eli, Noah, Adam G., Natalie, Roy and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
  Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
  
Sources:
1. Cokie Roberts on ABC's This Week, August 6, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1995

2. "The Four Post-Lieberman/Lamont Scripts," Sirotablog, August 7, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1996

3. Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, Daily Kos
http://kos.dailykos.com/

4. "Credibility," Courant.com, March 22, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1997

5. "Stop the Presses," Talking Points Memo, February 18, 2005
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/004847.php

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