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Monday, August 07, 2006
 
Peretz on Lamont

I'd imagine this article will get the Lefty blogs up in arms:

We have been here before. Left-wing Democrats are once again fielding single-issue "peace candidates," and the one in Connecticut, like several in the 1970s, is a middle-aged patrician, seeking office de haut en bas, and almost entirely because he can. It's really quite remarkable how someone like Ned Lamont, from the stock of Morgan partner Thomas Lamont and that most high-born American Stalinist, Corliss Lamont, still sends a chill of "having arrived" up the spines of his suburban supporters simply by asking them to support him.

Hmmmm, interesting. There's more about Lamont's family background here.

Edward "Ned" Lamont, Senator Lieberman's primary opponent, is the great-grandson of Thomas W. Lamont, a senior partner in J. P. Morgan and Co. from 1911 until 1943. Before the advent of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal in 1933, the Morgan firm was the most prestigious banking firm in the world, and Thomas Lamont became a very wealthy man.

The New Deal did its best to eviscerate the financial community in the process of debasing the dollar and promoting inflation as a nostrum to cure the Depression. But J. P. Morgan & Co. remained a major player in domestic and international finance.

Thomas Lamont was a devout Christian, and he and his wife raised their son Corliss Lamont as a Christian. Corliss, however, became an atheistic socialist after attending Harvard from 1920 to 1924 and receiving his PhD from Columbia University in 1928. His PhD thesis was devoted to denying the existence of God and life after death. This is hardly surprising, as he studied at Columbia under John Dewey, the high priest of socialist intellectualism.

Corliss Lamont's son, Edward M. Lamont (Ned Lamont's father) embraced his father's liberal-socialism and passed his religious devotion to atheistic materialism along to his son. Like his grandfather, Ned Lamont is a product of Eastern prep schools and Harvard University, the leading edge of socialism in American education.

If Ned Lamont becomes the junior United States Senator from Connecticut, he won't be any more liberal in social policies than Senator Lieberman, but my state will no longer be represented in the Senate by a believer in God.


Corliss Lamont ran for governor of New York in 1958 on a "peace" platform. So Ned Lamont is just the continuation of an anti-American line of silver spoon socialists.

Back to the Peretz piece, we see that Lamont also represents the continuation of another line; call it the Neville Chamberlain fans:

Now Mr. Lamont's views are also not camouflaged. They are just simpleminded. Here, for instance, is his take on what should be done about Iran's nuclear-weapons venture: "We should work diplomatically and aggressively to give them reasons why they don't need to build a bomb, to give them incentives. We have to engage in very aggressive diplomacy. I'd like to bring in allies when we can. I'd like to use carrots as well as sticks to see if we can change the nature of the debate." Oh, I see. He thinks the problem is that they do not understand, and so we should explain things to them, and then they will do the right thing. It is a fortunate world that Mr. Lamont lives in, but it is not the real one. Anyway, this sort of plying is precisely what has been going on for years, and to no good effect. Mr. Lamont continues that "Lieberman is the one who keeps talking about keeping the military option on the table." And what is so plainly wrong with that? Would Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be more agreeable if he thought that we had disposed of the military option in favor of more country club behavior?

The lurch by the Democrats to the Left is certainly beneficial to the Republicans as it decreases the chances of a liberal takeover of the House and Senate. But it's a negative too, because if they do grab the reins, it will be worse for the country.

Quinnipiac says that Lieberman may be staging a comeback.

The poll shows Lamont, a wealthy Greenwich businessman, leading Lieberman 51 percent to 45 percent among likely Democratic voters heading into Tuesday's primary.

Last week's Quinnipiac poll showed Lamont leading 54 percent to 41 percent. Lamont has had a lead in the poll since July 20.


Of course, getting a read on who's really a likely voter is always a tricky prospect in primary elections. While I'd love to see this "Joementum" carry Lieberman to victory tomorrow, I'm expecting that he will lose.
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