"It will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again," Joe Lieberman said specifically of Ned's, and your, desire to start bringing our troops home.
He even went as far as calling you "anti-security" before the election.
Sound familiar? Of course it does. The politicizing of terror and fear-mongering peddled by Senator Lieberman and his favorite president for the past five years is part of the problem in Washington, D.C., and it's why the people of Connecticut voted for change on Tuesday.
This is how Ned Lamont wins in November. Liberal Democrats aren't the only ones sick and tired of the politics of fear. Americans worry about terrorism and security but that's not all we care about. We're also concerned about health care, education, outsourcing, and social security among other things. There is more to life than fear and now there is a candidate who recognizes that there is more to governance than fear.
The minute Lieberman realized that he'd lost the primary his tone changed, but he's not the only one. A few days ago CT Democrats held a press conference to introduce the slate of candidates. Lamont instantly went from the role of dreaded gate crasher to future of the party. If we're going to discuss Joe Lieberman's sudden change of direction it's only fair to make note of the Democratic Brass's own abrupt shift. For those who are interested, Spazeboy has an abridged video of the conference up on his site. I find the Democrat's new strategy as refreshing as I find Lieberman's to be repugnant.
My point is that without Ned Lamont, Joe Lieberman probably wouldn't have shown his true colors and Connecticut's Democratic candidates would still be confined by his support for the war. Now Democrats can run the campaign most of us rank and file types want to see, and Lieberman is free to express his own views and loyalties. Most important, voters will finally get a real debate about the war and other issues facing our state and country. Everyone wins and it's all thanks to Ned.