MSNBC, 7 p.m. ET. If lefty blogs aren’t Laphamizing this one, they might as well. It’s Colbert redux: no matter what gets said or how flat Lamont falls, the mere act of speaking nutroots “truth” to power’s face makes him a defiant genius worthy of his own Thank You page on Blogspot. The first time he mentions Iraq, it’ll be like the Beatles kicking into I Want to Hold Your Hand. Will Jane Hamsher shriek — or faint dead away?

We’ll have a few minutes of video highlights afterwards. Crooks & Liars might post the whole debate, pursuant to the Crooks & Liars Copyright Infringement Exemption Act of 2004.

The L.A. Times(!) tries to reason with the nutroots. Populist hero Ned Lamont is, by his campaign manager’s estimation, worth between $90 and $300 million. And Biden, Salazar, and — et tu? — Barbara Boxer say they’ll campaign for Liebs before the primary. Friendship, support for Liebs’s policies, and/or secret fear and loathing for the nutroots’s influence? You make the call!

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