If you listened to the liberal blogosphere, you'd think Ned Lamont was golden. True, he defeated Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator. But he is actually a political failure.
With his defeat by Lieberman in the general election at the hands of an electorate unwilling to go as far to the left as Lamont and those who supported his primary battle, the wealthy Lamont is an ironic icon to the left, and symbol of the power of "people-powered media" or blogging, where most of his inertia originated.
Lamont hasn't entirely gone away. He showed up to endorse Hartford's Working Families Party candidates in their municipal election last year. The he went on the Hustings for Chris Dodd's ridiculous campaign for the White House. We know how well those efforts panned out.
Now Lamont has cast his lot with Barack Obama. He isn't the first Connecticut Democrat to do so. He was beat to the punch by State Representative William Tong, and Senate President Don Williams for starters. Silly and insignificant as those endorsements are for a presidential campaign, Lamont's is even less helpful. It may even be a liability.
He may carry a cache of Internet-addicted left wingers and socialists with him who can't let go of the defeat by Lieberman, but this crowd, as we have seen, does not a winner make.
If anything, it proves that Barack Obama's campaign may be far more to the left than many moderates may initially have believed. An endorsement by Lamont is a stamp of approval by the basest elements of the far-left Democratic establishment. Is this the "change" Obama champions?