Okay, I finally met the man.
I expected to be wowed. I thought I’d walk away thinking he was half rock star, half JFK. Instead, I left with the distinct impression that Lamont is an arrogant asshole.
Now I recognize that he might be much better than he came across to me. First impressions aren’t everything. He could be the swell fellow that most bloggers seem to think.
But what struck me was a certain distance, a kind of coldness, a bit of patrician haughtiness — the kind of thing I’m used to seeing among lawyers, politicians and school administrators (and a few ministers, come to think of it).
Now I realize some people think Joe Lieberman is also a condescending jerk. But in my experience, he’s been friendly, reasonable and willing to go out of his way for meaningless but nice things for people. I like him.
Unfortunately, I don’t much like Lieberman’s politics. I always had problems with some of his agenda and lately it seems like I can’t stomach most of what he’s doing. Maybe I’m less tolerant than I used to be. In Bush’s America, tolerance is not much valued anyway. In any case, I wish Lieberman would try harder to represent Connecticut.
I still think I’ll vote for Lamont, to protest the war mostly. But I won’t feel too bad if Lieberman wins. He’s a good man, despite what you read.