Sunday, August 27, 2006

Lieberman or Lamont

Who would make a better U.S. Senator for the state of Connecticut, Joe Lieberman or Ned Lamont?

My answer: Either will do fine.

My politics are hard-core centrist, so Lieberman would be my personal choice (despite his Middle East foreign policy misjudgments), but Lamont is fresh blood and we always need "change for the sake of change". If people are really that upset about "The War" (in Iraq and on terrorism), then by all means they should send a loud and clear message to Washington, and electoral choice is the *best* way to send such a message.

Somehow, I think we will eventually muddle through Iraq, and even Iran and Syria and the "clash of civilizations", but the simple fact is that a lot of people don't have the passion, vision, patience, resolve, and fortitude for such a long, slow slog. We as a nation should be focusing on as wide and deep a vision of the future as we can collectively muster, no more and no less. I can't blame a lot of people for feeling that we've bitten off much more than we can chew, but at the same time I am not so sure that we have bitten off *enough* to make some real and lasting progress towards a better world.

If Lieberman does win, hopefully he will go back to Washington with a chastened and renewed sense of what his constituents in Connecticut really expect from him, whatever that is.

-- Jack Krupansky


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