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Archive: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

The price of progress

How often does the fear of conflict get in your way of advocating for what you care most about?

By Ed O'Malley | December 23, 2009; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

A question of motives

If you believe, as he claims, that his actions were largely motivated by his desire to do what is right (in the long-term) for our country - then he should be praised for being courageous and patriotic.

By Marshall Goldsmith | December 23, 2009; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judging Joe

Whether Senator Lieberman deserves a place in principled heaven or self-indulgent hell turns on two very different issues: the merits of his position and the nature of his intent.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | December 23, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (63)

Enjoying the heat

Real leadership from Joe Lieberman would have seen him annoy insurance company CEOs, not Harry Reid.

By Marty Linsky | December 23, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Let's make a deal' culture

The Senate has adopted a very dangerous operating style that threatens America's ability to debate the serious issue it confronts.

By Andy Stern | December 23, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

The kiss of death

It is in the darkest of hours that our political leaders are called upon to be their most authentic and reliable selves.

By Alaina Love | December 22, 2009; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (7)

One party's traitor, another party's hero

What happens when your conscience comes in direct conflict with your political party's core values?

By Coro Fellows | December 22, 2009; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ten more like him

Had we had ten Joe Liebermans, evenly divided, we would have a more modest and far better result on health care reform.

By Slade Gorton | December 22, 2009; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (5)

Exactly what we need

Do we need more Joe Liebermans? Absolutely. We need more congressional leaders who owe their allegiance to the nation, not to a president, a party leader, or a political club.

By Mickey Edwards | December 22, 2009; 6:18 AM ET | Comments (19)

Annals of narcissism

Joe Lieberman's role in health-care legislation reinforces the impression that political narcissism has replaced serious engagement with public policy and the public's business.

By Alan M. Webber | December 22, 2009; 6:09 AM ET | Comments (11)

Bipartisanship is overrated

It's the premise of bipartisanship that's faulty - namely, that there's one right answer to health care, deficit reduction, or whatever.

By Ken Adelman | December 21, 2009; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

A no-brainer

Leaders need to consistently present their social and political value system, with positions that are changed only for good and sufficient reason.

By Howard Gardner | December 21, 2009; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (5)

Ego over team-work

When you accept a leadership position on behalf of a political party you have an obligation to support the party on key votes.

By Richard Celeste | December 21, 2009; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (9)

Putting in charitably

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Joe Lieberman's statements and votes on the health care legislation would help to protect a major employer in his state.

By Kurt Schmoke | December 21, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (9)

Christmas soldiers of 1776

The Continental soldiers, shivering and soaked by the freezing rain, moved their mud-caked artillery into place. Riding at the head of his troops, Washington ordered, "Advance and charge."

By Ed Ruggero | December 21, 2009; 5:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

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