Yeah, probably they did...
Posted by C
I'm only reposting what I left in comments over at someone else's blog because I haven't posted here in so long. See-- I'm still thinking, even if I'm not writing.
The Republicans don't really believe that "Lamont represents a movement within the Democratic party which is unpopular with the median voter." They're saying so in an attempt to keep pols and the press marginalizing what is in fact a majority and growing consensus among Americans: invading Iraq was a great big mistake and a diversion from the "War on Terror."
The Lamont win signals a weakening of the dominance of the Bush/Cheney/Rove narrative and its purpose: keeping people so afraid that they'll only vote for supporters of the war in Iraq, illegal spying on Americans, expansion of executive powers, and so on.
The idea that the thugs in the White House forced an early arrest for political purposes is very believable on its face, IMO.