Lieberman Does a "Zidane" on Lamont!
One of the memorable moments of the World Cup was the now infamous "head butt" given by retiring Zinedine Zidane of France to Italy's Marco Materazzi. Nobody understood how Zidane could have lost his composure and in the final game threaten the success of his team, which in fact, went on to lose to Italy without his assistance.
So it is with Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman who, having lost the Democratic Primary to anti-war millionaire Ned Lamont, has now refused to support the winner of the Primary.
After his loss to Lamont, Senator Lieberman had this to say:
"As I see it, in this campaign we just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman last night after his Democratic primary loss to Ned Lamont. "But, in the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward to victory in November."In the "second half" Senator Lieberman?
It is reasonable to assume that when you ran in the Democratic Party Primary in Connecticut you were seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party. If you had wanted to be an Independent, you shouldn't have run first as a Democrat. It is not fair to the Democratic Party nor to Ned Lamont to have it both ways!
I like and admire Senator Lieberman. I even have visited with him when he and Al Gore came through Wisconsin during that unsuccessful campaign. He is a man of high ideals, strong religious convictions, and high moral standards.
But he lost the Primary.
Senator John Kerry had this to say about the Connecticut Primary. As reported:
"Calling the result of the vote, "a strong statement about the current course in Iraq," Kerry has "strongly" endorsed Lamont over current Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman.Thank you Senator Kerry!
"I’ve worked with Joe Lieberman since our days in college together," Kerry said in a statement today, "and I respect his many contributions to our public life. But the Democratic Party stands for something, and the Democratic Party in Connecticut has made a choice."
"The events of the past months make even more clear," Kerry added, "the differences Democratic leadership would make for our country on Iraq, in making America safer, in having an economy that works for everyone, and in achieving energy independence. That’s who we are as Democrats, and that’s what we’ll be fighting for. It’s time for all Democrats to come together to support Ned Lamont. It’s time for Democrats to unite.”
"The Times They are a-Changin'" sang Bob Dylan.
And indeed they are. In Connecticut. In the State House and in the White House.
America is crying for new leadership. Leadership that will move us beyond a war with no end in sight. Leadership that will fight for the little guy raising the minimum wage on the lowest paid workers without bankrupting our nation with further tax cuts on the multi-millionaires among us.
Keep on coming John! We have got your back!
And Senator Lieberman, go gracefully into the sunset. You have one heck of a Senate record and are one heck of a great guy. We love you Joe. But today's problems need the leadership and ideas of tomorrow. Not more of the same as yesterday.