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  Experts: Clinton visit may give Lieberman momentum
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News DateMonday, July 24, 2006 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWith public opinion polls showing him trailing challenger Ned Lamont for the first time among likely Democratic primary voters, U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is calling on some of his party's heaviest hitters.

Former President Clinton and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., will stump for him at separate events tomorrow in Stamford, Norwalk and Waterbury, which analysts said could help change the dynamics of the race.

"That could certainly be the difference," said Stuart Rothenberg, author of the biweekly Rothenberg Political Report and columnist for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. "I think that's the A-team in terms of trying to get Democratic voters to vote for Lieberman. They both credential Joe Lieberman among Democrats. The subtext there is that it's OK for Democrats to support Lieberman."
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D:1875djquimby ( 0.0000 points)
Mon, July 24, 2006 07:35:40 PM UTC0:00
I am glad the Clinton's,Boxer and John Lewis are supporting Lieberman. They are the voice of reason in the Democratic Party. We need to have a voice of moderation in the US Senate and in the Democratic Party.

MFL:882The Oncoming Storm ( 344.8853 points)
Mon, July 24, 2006 07:46:24 PM UTC0:00
Was the Democratic Party better off when they regularly won the House and Senate prior to Clinton's win in 1992?
It Depends 3 (50%)
No 2 (33.33%)
Yes 1 (16.66%)
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L:1795FBL ( 789.6291 points)
Mon, July 24, 2006 08:03:19 PM UTC0:00
even if clinton had lost... those southern congressmen woulda all retired in 94 and would have been likely republican pickups in these conservative areas... maybe not enough to retake the house, but (and while nobody can predict alternative history, this seems likely) the GOP might have made gains.

MFL:882The Oncoming Storm ( 344.8853 points)
Mon, July 24, 2006 08:05:48 PM UTC0:00
I think those are really good points, 1795. I was thinking more about how Clinton's legacy in some ways really changed the tone of politics. Although things were shrill prior to 1992, the tone really seemed to change. However, that might have been natural with the rise of talk radio.

R:373... ( 421.7247 points)
Mon, July 24, 2006 08:41:45 PM UTC0:00
The Clinton years were disasterous for Democrats at the gubernatorial level.

MFL:882The Oncoming Storm ( 344.8853 points)
Mon, July 24, 2006 08:53:32 PM UTC0:00
It seems like the Clinton years were disasterous for many Democrats aside from the Clintons. Would the same negative trends have occured under a different Dem president assuming that a different type of person could have won against H. Ross and George HW?

D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Tue, July 25, 2006 01:15:43 AM UTC0:00
With conservative Democrats retiring all across the South? I think most definitely the GOP would have made gains of some magnitude. Now...Clinton clearly aided the GOP's advantage in 1994 because of many of the missteps early on in his term. Whether another Democratic president would have is of course anyone's guess.

D:1RP ( 3311.3784 points)
Tue, July 25, 2006 02:57:11 AM UTC0:00
Lieberman has been "moderate" on a few very unpopular issues such as the Iraq War and Social Security privatization. I'm not sure the Democratic Party helps itself by trying to be "moderate" on the most unpopular issues.