Roger L. Simon

Cable News Misterioso plus Connecticut

I enjoy reading the cable news numbers on Drudge. For this week something positive – Brit Hume Show, the only show I really like, is in second place:

FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,059,000
FNX BRIT HUME 1,614,000
FNC HANNITY/COLMES 1,496,000
FNC GRETA 1,485,000
FNC SHEP SMITH 1,179,000
CNN LARRY KING 805,000
CNN COOPER 798,000
CNN DOBBS 678,000
CNN ZAHN 669,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 456,000
MSNBC INVESTIGATES 451,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 363,000
CNNHN GLENN BECK 354,000
CNNHN NANCY GRACE 335,000

Now the mystery – Why are Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann still employed? I mean they’ve had their chance, haven’t they? It’s been a while. Can’t MSNBC come up with something better than that?

MEANWHILE: Also on Drduge without a link:

NYT WEDS: Ned Lamont preparing to shake up staff, refocus his race in appeal to Connecticut moderates… Developing…

There’s only one way to intrepet that. Lamont’s internal poll numbers must be much worse than the Rasmussen poll published immediately after the primary showing him trailing Lieberman by six points. “Developing” is indeed the right word in this instance.

UPDATE: Of course this AP report may have something to do with it:

Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont apologized Tuesday for his campaign manager’s description of Waterbury as a place ”where the forces of slime meet the forces of evil.”

Tom Swan’s comment caused a furor in industrial Waterbury, which voted overwhelmingly for Lamont’s opponent, Sen. Joe Lieberman, in last week’s primary.

”Look, I understand that Tom made some comments. I think they’re unfortunate. We apologize for them,” Lamont said on WATR-AM.

MORE: The NYT article is up and Lamont seems to be sticking with his boy Swan. Who cares? Meanwhile, hypocrisy is oozing from his campaign as the hundred millionaire JP Morganite heir is positioning himself as “an outsider,” poor thing. Power to the People, I say. What a joke! Why doesn’t this yahoo do the right thing and contribute his zillions to medical reasearch in the Gates mode and really do something for people ? The Times’ article has these telling graphs:

Some Lamont allies have privately expressed disdain for the idea of bringing on any outside consultants, noting that most big-name Democratic consultants had shown little willingness to help Mr. Lamont when he was an obscure businessman running a long-shot campaign.

“I don’t want to hire any of those big-fee consultant types from Washington who just want to come in and make money off of Ned,” Mr. Swan said. “We won the primary on Ned’s message; we can win the general in a similar way.”

Obscure businessman?! Right on, bro’. Stick it to the man.