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Colbert to Lamont: ‘You’re Rich ... Why Aren’t You a Republican?’

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Posted on Aug 1, 2006
Ned Lamont
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Connecticut Senate challenger Ned Lamont told Stephen Colbert that he became a Democrat to fight Richard Nixon at age 18, and he’s still fighting a Democratic battle against Nixon’s heir in the White House today. Lamont: “I think George Bush is driving this country into a ditch, and if Joe Lieberman won’t challenge him, I will.”

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Partial transcript:

Colbert: In a time of war, is that really the time to be asking whether we should be at war?

Lamont: We’ve been over there three-and-a-half years—


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Colbert: Right—

Lamont: We’ve been over there in Iraq almost longer than our troops who were in World War II.

Colbert: Once it’s over, we can ask whether we should leave.

Lamont: At the pace we’re going, we’re going to be there for an awful long time.  I think the best hope for us is to start bringing those troops home.  We got to start asking those questions now.  Look, we got into this mess not ‘cause we asked too many questions, but because we asked too few, and now’s the time to start asking those questions.

... Stephen: You are rich and best of all, you didn’t have to work for all of it. Why aren’t you a Republican?

Ned:  I have been a Democrat all my life. When I turned 18 we had a guy named Richard Nixon who was our president and we had a war going on in Vietnam. And I just think the Democratic Party is a lot more progressive and a lot more entrepreneurial. I am a guy who started up a business from scratch and I think if you are an entrepreneur in business are you more likely to be a Democrat when it am comes to your politicals.


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By xhbvqrau, July 6, 2007 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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By Rich Jerk, August 10, 2006 at 8:27 am Link to this comment
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I hate Bush, I can’t have it any other way. There are so many other ways to achieve what he wanted without bringing so much misery to so many people.

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By Amicusbriefs, August 3, 2006 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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Sung to the tune of the Beatles, “Hello, Goodbye”

You say war, I say love

You say hawk, and I say dove, dove, dove

Goodbye, Joe

Hello, Ned

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By Don, August 1, 2006 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe Someone needs to give bush a blow job.then they could impeach.Oh i forgot we still got Republican congress guess will have to change that in nov.

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By Joe Liberman, August 1, 2006 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t even bother trying to defeat me.

Can you say touchscreen?


See you in November.

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By chris in santa fe, August 1, 2006 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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Yea, he has one message, “we hate Bush”, that pretty much sums it up.  However the “hate” comes with damn good reason.  Take me for instance, a life-long Republican.  I hate Bush too.  i could list the objective reasons why, but that would take an hour or so and more space than what is dedicated here.  I suggest Collin look in to why people hate Bush.  Then Collin would Hate Bush too.  You see Collin, Bush earned the “hate”.  And that is about all he ever earned in his life on his own fruition.

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By Martin Ostrye, August 1, 2006 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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See a new round of paintings in Gallery 1 at, “Republican Oversight,” “Republicans’ New Lapel” and “Republican Cuff-Links.”

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By Maxim, August 1, 2006 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment
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I’m glad I’m not an evangelical.  I’d feel compelled to pray for your sorry a$$es.

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By Maxim, August 1, 2006 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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If this guy Lamont thinks that most business-owners are Democrats, he should check their tax records.  Maybe then he’d understand where Republicans are coming from.  If you tax the middle class into the poorhouse all you get is more poor people.

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By Matt, August 1, 2006 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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Lamont’s message is significantly more than “We Hate Bush.” 

His message is that the government should be run for the benefit of all citizens, not just the richest few.

His message is that it’s time to rein in the currently-unchecked behavior of the executive branch and to hold the executive branch accountable for extralegal activity.  If Bill Clinton could be impeached for a blowjob, can’t George Bush be impeached for falsifying information, starting an unlawful war, unlawful domestic spying, and a host of other offenses?

His message is that the Congress needs to quit rubber-stamping Bush’s excesses before we lose the democracy and turn into a totalitarian theocracy.

His message is pro-worker rather than the GOP’s current pro-kleptocrat message and behavior.

So, no, it’s not “We Hate Bush.”  It’s “We don’t like what George W has done and we believe that it’s time to turn the tide back towards democracy rather than towards totalitarian, millenial theocracy.”

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By Nathan, August 1, 2006 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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Collin, He has several meaningful messages.

But I beileve he’s wrong on Isreal. I beileve he’s much better than Joe L.

And I hate Bush about as much as I hate evangelicals.

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By Ignition, August 1, 2006 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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Collin I suggest you get on your knees and start praying. At least your head will be close to your ass when it’s time to kiss your ass goodby!

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By Jeremy, August 1, 2006 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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No, that’s not the one message.

The message is that Joe Lieberman is a Republican in Democrat’s clothing, who has grown more bitter and angry toward actual Democrats in recent years. He is not just conservative, but has actually gone out of his way to undermine the Democratic party on key issues, ranging from the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings in the early 90s to the Clinton impeachment fiasco in the late 90s to modern issues like the Schiavo mess or Social Security. On Iraq, it is not just that he supports the President’s misguided policy (or lack thereof), he has actually said that to even critique the President puts us in “peril”.

Two other big examples are his selfish, protectionist nature of him running for both Senate reelection and VP in 2000 (and then refusing to stand by Gore during the recount); and now his plan to run as an Independent if he loses the primary.

Joe Lieberman is, and has been, bad for the Democratic party and finally someone has decided to call him on it and challenge him.

That’s called democracy, Collin.

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By John, August 1, 2006 at 11:22 am Link to this comment
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I think Collin missed the point. He does not hate Bush, he is just saying we are going in the wrong direction.

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By Collin, August 1, 2006 at 10:18 am Link to this comment
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And he’s got one message:  “We hate Bush”.
If you’ve got more substance, then perhaps more people can be persuaded.


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