Ned Lamont may make a great politico after all, since he seems to have already mastered a key part of the job - when in trouble, lie. Here he is in the WaPo ducking the Lieberman-blackface debacle caused by blogger Jane Hamsher:
Lamont brushed past reporters Wednesday night in Bridgeport, saying: "I don't know anything about the blogs. I'm not responsible for those. I have no comment on them."
Lamont arrived with an entourage: His wife, Annie; their campaign driver, Marc Bradley; a blogger, Jane Hamsher; and Bill Hillsman, the creator of his offbeat ads, one of which was played weeks earlier on `The Colbert Report.'
Not a large entourage at all - one might think Ned would have had a chance to chat with Jane on the ride to the studio and learn about blogs. Or perhaps, since Ms. Hamsher is a Hollywood producer, he was getting the benefit of her media experience.
If you would prefer something visual that is not too abysmal, here is Jane putting those Hollywood skills to work by directing Ned in a commercial. Gee, did she introduce herself and mention what she was doing for the campaign, or just start ordering him around?
Look, Lamont knows darn well who Jane Hamsher is, and has been working with her closely. One wonders whether the press will give him a pass on that little fib.
Lamont spokeswoman Liz Dupont-Diehl was not exactly Ms. Credibility either:
But Dupont-Diehl said the campaign will not bow to the Lieberman campaign's demand that Lamont cut any ties with Hamsher. "She's not part of the campaign staff," Dupont-Diehl said. "She's an independent blogger covering the race."
"Covering" the race? How was directing a commercial "covering" the race? Try running that past the reporters who are really covering the race, and let's see the result.
MORE: Can anyone forget Lamont's first ad, with the Mighty Kos himself peering through the Lamont's living room window before bursting inside to meet the candidate himself? Good news - apparently, it can be forgotten, since Ned Lamont now knows nothing about the blogs.
Tim Blair has what might be a transcription of the ad.
Let me help the lefty bloggers spin the fact that Lamont is now pitching them under the bus - it just shows his comittment to a "cut and run" strategy, right?
Lamont's staffers recognized the value of the blogs early. They realized they can't control them, but they can feed them information and make use of their energy and independent video reporting and commentary. The campaign's full-time blog coordinator, Tim Tagaris, the young guy who was speeding behind us in his own car up I-91, works the bloggers the way traditional press staffers work the pencil and camera reporters.
"Nobody," Hamsher declared, more than once, "interfaces with the blogs like the Lamont people."
You have to love these Libs: blackface - someone else's problem; lying about his relationship with the blogs - waddya gonna do? Hey, they're against the war, so their hearts are pure.
I CAN STOP ANYTIME (But not now...): We are blogging on tape delay from inside the head of Ned Lamont, who was wondering, "Who is this woman and why is she waving a microphone in my face?" - Jane Hamsher plays softball with Ned Lamont. Metaphorically.
The puzzle-piece - Lamont sure knew about the blogs when he agreed to match, dollar for dollar, any funds raised for him on Blogosphere Day.
And his analysis - Ned's image as calm and likeable may be tarnished if he is judged by the company he has been keeping:
After all, the secret of Lamont's success, in my opinion, is that he appears to be an eminently reasonable, moderate, likable guy. In other words, while he may not excite voters, he's also not likely to turn them off enough to prevent them from casting an anti-Lieberman vote for him (and according to the same Quinnipiac poll, 65 percent of Lamont's supporters say their vote is mainly against Lieberman). But some of Lamont's online supporters aren't nearly so benign. And I wonder what will happen if Connecticut's voters--many of whom presumably don't read blogs--start to get a better sense of Lamont's online supporters via the mainstream media. Will voting for Lamont in order to register displeasure with Lieberman still seem "safe"?
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