One has to question just about anything one reads in the Villager. On Page A7 of today’s issue (Aug. 11, 2006) the Villager reported the Democratic primary voting outcome in a large bold table for each of the races on Tuesday in Woodstock, Eastford and Pomfret with a + sign to indicate who the Villager endorsed. The Villager endorsed Lieberman, and reported that Lieberman beat Lamont by 322 votes to 219 in Woodstock, a 60 to 40 landslide.
The only problem with this reporting is that it was Lamont that got the 322 votes, not Lieberman. The Cafe posted the election results below at around 6AM on Wednesday after a contributor forwarded an email from Judy Alberts reporting the results in Woodstock. The Cafe later confirmed the results from another source. Oddly, the Villager reported that Lieberman won in Eastford and Pomfret as well in this table. Maybe the explanation is that Mr. Bird was having a hard time coming to terms with the result. The Villager did have the result correct in the fine print of the associated article which was just too long to read; but who would notice after being indoctrinated by the emboldened table, or even question the result in the table since most other surrounding towns voted in favor of Lieberman? If anyone noticed this contradiction, they’d certainly be left wondering who actually won in Woodstock.
This election outcome (blown by the Villager) is important because Woodstock, together with neighbors Eastford and Pomfret, were the only towns in the quiet corner that favored Lamont. The Villager failed to comprehend this fact. Woodstock is also the only town in northeastern Connecticut that has a vigorous political blog and has many readers from Eastford and Pomfret. Furthermore, a contributor at the Cafe vigorously spoke up about why he was going to vote for Lamont. Perhaps it was this Cafe article that swayed the vote in Woodstock, Eastford, and Pomfret. Or, perhaps he was just preaching to the choir. Nevertheless, it’s important to get this right given the national significance of this primary. Admin
This is why I voted for Lamont!
Democratic Party PrimaryVoting Results, Woodstock Connecticut, August 8, 2006
Total Registered Democrats in Woodstock: 1,181
Total Registered Democrats Who Voted Today in Woodstock: 541 (46% Turnout)
Joseph Lieberman 219 (40%)
Ned Lamont 322 (60%)
Surrounding Towns (Thompson, Putnam, Pomfret, Killingly & Brooklyn)
Joseph Lieberman 1549 (53%)
Ned Lamont 1365 (47%)
Woodstock Votes for Governor:
Dan Malloy 222
John DeStefano 282
Woodstock Votes for Lt. Governor:
Mary Messina Glassman 225
Scott Slifka 182
Here are the headlines taken from USA Today Sunday August 6th, 2006. What are your feelings about these developments? How do these developments affect Woodstock?
Â· Hezbollah rockets kill 10 in Israel
Â· Lebanese rejects cease-fire resolution
Â· U.S.-French draft U.N. resolution rejected
Â· Hearing begins in Iraq rape-slaying case
Â· Iran plans to expand nuclear activities
Â· Al-Qaeda welcomes new Egyptian group
Â· U.S. reinforcements take up positions in Baghdad amid new warning