Matt Stoller and I were standing in the parking lot of a local hair salon with Tom Swan, Rick Melita and John Murphy of the Lamont campaign when the call came in that the New York Times was endorsing Ned Lamont. It was war whoops, hugs and high-fives all around, and all were quick to give credit to the remarkable team of people who have done so much to get Ned to this place that was all but unimaginable only a few short months ago.
Maxine Waters was down the street with Ned knocking on doors in the heat. She is an absolute tireless machine working on Ned’s behalf, and she’ll be pounding the pavement in one neighborhood after another until late tonight. How excited am I about seeing the Temptations play the New Haven Green tonight with Maxine Waters? Oh yeah.
We also shot Ned’s first video blog this morning on the set of his new Hillsman commercial. This thing is far from won — the Courant today endorsed Lieberman — but Ned’s definitely got the wind at his back and there’s a terrific sense of excitement in the air. Nobody knows what will happen but the next week is going to be something to see.
There is a feeling that regardless of the outcome, we’re reaching some kind of turning point and history is being made. If you’d like to volunteer they really need people to canvass, make phone calls, or just do whatever the campaign needs. You can contact the Lamont campaign here. And there is also the Family, Friends and Neighbors tool to help you reach folks you may know who are Connecticut voters.
I know for myself that win or lose, making the choice to come here and be a part of this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I know it’s something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. I encourage everyone who can do so to show up and lend a hand. For all of us who have lived on the edge of despair as we watched America get dragged through a series of things we thought our country would never stoop to, it’s an incredible sight to behold.