Tonight, there's a message in Ned Lamont's victory. The message is not only for Joe Lieberman, but for every politician in this country, and I think, especially the Democrats who have fallen to political cowardice and been complicit in George Bush's failed agenda.
As I think about Lamont's victory, I can't help but be reminded of a simple but very powerful line from the movie The American President.
In the movie, presidential aide Lewis Rothschild (played by Michael J. Fox), says to the 'President':
"People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."
In the absence of Joe Lieberman's leadership on the important issues of the day, Ned Lamont stepped up to the microphone, and Connecticut voters listened.
That should be a lesson for every politician in this country.