CH-CH-CHANGES. I didn't follow the ins and outs of the Lamont-Lieberman contest as closely as some on this site, since I've been off blog and in an intensive reporting project for the past few weeks, but permit me a few observations.
Real leadership in our current partisan political environment is always controversial and greeted by attack. Just think back to Bill Clinton's administration. Two of his biggest controversies surrounded welfare and health care reform. He led his party on one, and tried to lead it on the other. But real leadership -- a contest of opinions around emerging issues -- is also always more compelling and memorable than issue maintenance, and Lamont benefited from that fact.
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