The Senate Democrat, Support-Lamont Tally
If this were a Senate vote, it could have been done by unanimous consent as there shouldn’t be a hell of a lot of debate on whether or not one Democrat should support another, duly-chosen by the people, and attempting to join them as a Senate colleague.
I'll keep you posted as this changes, but here's where we stand as of today.
There are 44 Democrats in the Senate and, taking away Lieberman himself, this leaves 43 who should at this point, personal feelings toward Lieberman aside, be stepping up to support their party's nominee.
A total of 16 have announced their support for Ned Lamont. Here they are:
Amazingly, three have already come out and said they will support Lieberman -- as a candidate running against the nominee of their very own party.
Three other Senators are retiring after this Congress -- Mark Dayton (D-MN), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Independent Jim Jeffords of Vermont, who is an Independent but votes with the Democrats -- and Democratic candidates in their states have yet to announce their support for Lamont.
I have confirmed all of these but please let me know if you have any news I may not have heard.
This leaves 22 Senate Democrats who have remained silent so far. Here they are, along with their phone numbers and message contact information if you would like to get in touch and urge them to do the right thing:
Daniel Akaka (HI) 202-224-6361
Web Form: http://akaka.senate.gov/email.cfm
Max Baucus (MT) 202-224-2651
Web Form: http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue
Joseph Biden (DE) 202-224-5042
Jeff Bingaman (NM) 202-224-5521
Robert Byrd (WV) 202-224-3954
Web Form: http://byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html
Kent Conrad (ND) 202-224-2043
Web Form: http://conrad.senate.gov/webform.html
Byron Dorgan (ND) 202-224-2551
Dianne Feinstein (CA) 202-224-3841
Web Form: http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html
Daniel Inouye (HI) 202-224-3934
Web Form: http://inouye.senate.gov/abtform.html
Tim Johnson (SD) 202-224-5842
Web Form: http://johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm
Herb Kohl (WI) 202-224-5653
Web Form: http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html
Mary Landrieu (LA) 202-224-5824
Web Form: http://landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Patrick Leahy (VT) 202-224-4242
Carl Levin (MI) 202-224-6221
Web Form: http://levin.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Blanche Lincoln (AR) 202-224-4843
Web Form: http://lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html
Barbara Mikulski (MD) 202-224-4654
Web Form: http://mikulski.senate.gov/mailform.html
Patty Murray (WA) 202-224-2621
Web Form: http://murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm
Ben Nelson (NE) 202-224-6551
Web Form: http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Bill Nelson (FL) 202-224-5274
Web Form: http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Jack Reed (RI) 202-224-4642
Web Form: http://reed.senate.gov/contact/thoughts.cfm
John Rockefeller (WV) 202-224-6472
Web Form: http://rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm
Ron Wyden (OR) 202-224-5244
Web Form: http://wyden.senate.gov/contact.html
Yes, I know they're on August recess, but my understanding is that most Senate offices are somewhat staffed even now. A phone call is best but, at the very least, send a note to a couple of them asking why something so easy should be so difficult for them to decide.
Tomorrow: I provide these 22 Senators, free of charge, the only press release they need to send on the results of the Connecticut primary.
Update: Just a note to clarify that I'm making these determinations based solely on statements made after the primary. Some of these guys claimed support for Joe through the prism of there being no real results yet -- before the election. I'm waiting to hear something from them since the votes came in before I confirm them as traitors. You know, see if they still have a pre-08/08 mindset or not.