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Dear Editor of the East Hampton Independent,

It seems by a recent Connecticut senatorial poll that Lieberman, running as an "Independent" is ahead of "Democrat" Lamont. The "Republican" candidate Alan Schlesinger is far behind, not even being endorsed by his own "Republican" Party. But why should they? They already have their candidate, closet "Republican" Joseph Lieberman.

It is little wonder that poor Schlesinger is so far behind. All the true "Republicans" have hung him out to dry since he didn't stand a chance in CT, but they had a fall back position, Joseph Lieberman. If you can't win with your "Republican" candidate, win with a "Republican Democrat" candidate even if he is running under that nebulous umbrella called "Independent."

The name of the game is winning, and it appears at this point that the "Republican" Party will probably win, regardless of the supposed party affiliation listed at the top of the ballot. Credit where credit is due, "Republicans" certainly know how to manipulate an election; Florida, Ohio and now Connecticut. The "Democrats" will have earned the loss. Had the high profile "Democrat" endorsers campaigned for Lamont rather than Lieberman in the primary, they might have weakened the incumbent Lieberman position past redemption.

You have to hand it to the "Republicans." Not only have they managed to convince many middle class voters that they, the party of the corporate and wealthy America, somehow also cares for them; this, despite the fact that they sacrifice the middle class to the benefit of their true "Base" at every turn. In Connecticut it seems they've also learned that if you can't come in the front door, sneak in through a back door, the rear end maneuver.

They may very well win in Connecticut since they had cleverly planned on a rear end approach based on Lieberman. Well, they certainly have chosen the right rear end.

NICK DELGADO
August 22, 2006

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