Worthy of note: The number of independent voters who registered as Democrats just so they could take part in yesterday's primary between pro-Bush-War Joe Lieberman and anti-Bush-War Ned Lamont. According to the New Haven Register, where Lieberman resides, the Senate primary -- or, one might argue, the War in Iraq -- brought an unprecedented number of voters into the Democratic Party ranks, with 28,886 added to the rolls since May, for a total of 696,823.
There was heavy grass-roots organizing in The Blog-o-Sphere, and, the Register reports, the Lamont win "strengthens the credentials of the 'Netroots,' citizens who organize and communicate about politics on the Internet, where $1 million was raised for Lamont's effort." Netroots helped Howard Dean get on track in the 2004 presidential race, but Lamont marks their first big winner in a congressional race. (In Maryland's Third District Congressional race, anti-war Democrat Oz Bengur appears to have embraced this strategy, spending a lot of dough on Internet advertising and e-mailing.)
Said Tim Tagaris, who worked as part of the Democratic National Committee Internet team before joining the Lamont campaign: "This is no small accomplishment for the bloggers."
The result of all this: A three-term senator, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 2000, lost to an upstart businessman, a political nobody at the start of the year, who ran an anti-war campaign.
Lesson to Lieberman: He should never have got into that huggy-kissy thing with George Bush! It was the kiss of political death in 2006.
Meanwhile, a new CNN poll shows opposition to the Iraq War at an all-time high among Americans. Sixty percent oppose the war, and only 36 percent support it. That's half the number of Americans who said they supported the war as it began.