LIEBERMAN LOSS: LESSONS FOR BOTH PARTIESDemocrats: Stand for somethingRepublicans: Your Iraq BS is over. CT. SENATE CANDIDATE NED LAMONT
The loss by incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman to DFA-backed candidate served notice to the Washington DC Establishment that the time has come to stand up and be counted.
For six years, we've heard from the smug, failed leadership of Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill. Now the voters have spoken -- and it's not a message that is going to be well-received by the "don't rock the boat" entrenched status quo Dems on Capitol Hill.
The biggest reason Lieberman was rightfully defeated was that he repeatedly supported policies of failure. The Lamont voters aren't wild-eyed love-in peaceniks. They oppose the Iraq War, for the most part, because it was founded on lies and, more importantly, it's a failure, an utter fiasco. It only persists because no one has the guts or wherewithal to stand up to the lies, thuggishness and bullying of the Bush Administration. We have a continuing war because the people who began it aren't men enough to admit their mistakes.
There will come a time in the near future when a politician will lose all pretense of politeness and call this Iraq occupation exactly what it is:
THE BIGGEST BLUNDER EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND PERHAPS IN RECORDED HISTORY.
How much more "evidence" is necessary for the American people to put a stop to everything happening in our name around the world and here at home? The expense to our country will be felt for generations. The poor leadership and failed stewardship by the Bush administration of American interests globally and domestically for the past six years will undoubtedly plague us for the remainder of our lives, and possible our children's lives as well.
Ned Lamont represents to us a change for those of us actually concerned about real security, not the lipservice sell-your-ports-to-the-terrorist-bankers-UAE cronyism that the neocons pretend is security.
The American electorate has given the neocons all the chances they can take, and finally seen the rhetoric for what it always was: empty words designed to scare and exploit.
Oh sure, we'll see a LOT more of it between now and November, but the reality is that the public, except the die-hard ideologues that are a shrinking minority, is out of tolerance for these insane traitoroous profiteers.
Because the policies Lieberman champions for the Bush Administration are merely the fig leaves that cover up unprecedented failures that in their bumbling implementation and multi-year bankrupting of America weaken our nation in a way no terrorists could.
Ned Lamont represents the Democratic Party members who are concerned about national security based on reality, not neo-con fantasies that have totally flopped. Lamont represents the Democratic Party members who don't believe America is safe as long as someone capable of the lunatic, inconsistent, mendacious and arcane proclamations of Donald Rumsfeld is in charge of our defense.
If the Capitol Hill Dems don't back Ned Lamont, they will have the fight of their lives on the their hands. But it won't be with the Republicans, with whom the DLC is so chummy.
It will be with Democratic voters who are ready to throw out the elitist Democrats who value their cozy jobs more than they do the will of the people and the security of our nation.
If these Dem "leaders" continue to stay arrogant and unwilling to heed the call of democracy, they will share the fate of Joe Lieberman.
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