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May 21, 2006

Field Day for The Sundays

Here's a few things I've been thinking about lately.

1. Lamont excitement has gone a little overboard I think. Party activists (who voted 33% for Lamont and 67% for Liebermann at the CT state convention) are generally more extreme/enthusaistic than the overall primary electorate. Look no further than the Howard Dean chairman race -- a guy who couldn't get more than 30% in a primary (except for his home state) easily won a vote of party activists. I think Liebermann will win pretty handily (55% or so at least) and you should save your money. Lamont's probably more credible than Ciro Rodriguez, but you'll still be wasting it.

2. As the netroots is want to do, they enjoy spinning a loss into a win. They are already setting the bar very low for the Liebermann race, but winning a contested primary if you are an incumbent Congressman or Senator is nothing to be ashamed about. Walter F George, first elected to the US Senate in 1922, faced a tough primary challenge in 1938 from Eugene Talmadge and the FDR backed Lawrence Camp. It was a close race, but he won and then continued to serve in the Senate until 1957. Liebermann is an idealist on the war. I disagree with his current position of support for the status quo but I can certainly understand the idealism that gets him there. Defeating him in the primary would, I think, send a bad message to Jewish voters at a time when their loyalties are more up in the air than they've been in over 50 years.

3. I enjoyed The DaVinci Code. Tom Hanks had a pretty bizarre look in the movie. I think he's prepping himself to one day play Al Gore in a movie. Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth was also very good. I just moved into a new house, which unfortunately came with old fashioned light bulbs. As they burn out, I'll be replacing them with compact flourescent bulbs. Good news for CFB fans, they are starting to make models that work with dimmer switches and track lighting. If you have a 100 watt light bulb in your house that you keep on for 4 hours a day, it will take 119 pounds of coal to power it over the course of a year. That equates to 1 pound of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide going into the atmosphere and, incredibly, 309 pounds of carbon dioxide! A 26 watt CFB can produce the same amount of light, which reduces your emissions and electricity cost by nearly 75%, and because the lightbulb design is more energy efficient, less heat is produced, which keeps your home cooler in the summer meaning you don't have to run the A/C as much!

See you soon.

Posted by Chris at May 21, 2006 11:47 AM


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