THE WAR AGAINST INCUMBENCY, DAY ONE: VICTORY
Georgia, Michigan, Colorado, & Missouri also saw incumbents fall in primaries for various offices. These defeats crossed party lines, and even ideological affiliations. Which is good, I think. If Lamont's victory was merely a matter of one anti-war candidate beating the pro-war candidate, that wouldn't be enough. As far as I'm concerned, the problem isn't the particular politics of any one Congressman, but the abnegation of Constitutional duties, the willful ceding of legislative power to the Executive, the "patronage" of entrenched PACs, lobbyists, corporate donators, etc. Booting out an incumbent sends the message to Washington that many of us wish to relay:
You guys are screwing up. You're cowering in front of the Administration too much. You're not doing your job. You're gone!Of course, Lieberman still insists he'll run in the general election. In fact, his "concession," in which he declared, "for the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand" (emphasis added), may be the most pathetic, self-serving case of sour grapes I've seen in a while. The man cares only about his own political fortunes. He keeps saying, over-and-over again, the same thing: "I don't care what the voters think. I want to stay in office even if my constituents don't want me."
Sorry Joe, but that's not how it works. We've let the voters elect Senators for almost a century now. You're too young.
To anyone who still believes that any in the rank-and-file of the two major parties is looking out for anyone but himself, please cut & paste Lieberman's concession quotation to your desktop & read it every morning.
And if this professional jack-ass actually decides to run in November, hopefully the same grass-roots movement that helped propel Lamont over Lieberman yesterday will spring into action again to ensure that he loses again.