Tag Archives: Joe Lieberman
There has been long speculation that Sen Arlen Specter (R-PA) may leave the Republican party due to a likely primary challenge from the right from ultra-conservative Club for Growth President Pat Toomey (who would get destroyed in a general election). Mathmatically, it doesn’t make sense for Specter to continue as a Republican. With his vote for the stimulus package and likely vote for EFCA, the Democrats in Pennsylvania love him, but the Republicans will never give him the nomination again. And so it seemed that the only way for Specter to remain in the Senate is to leave the Republican party. (It’s important to note here that in Pennsylvania you cannot run for one party’s nomination and then, if you lose, run in the general election as an independent, a la Joe Lieberman).
This has all been speculation, until today. Earlier, Specter made some interesting comments about possibly running as an independent in 2010. The Hill reports:
He said in an interview with The Hill that the role of the Republican Party in Washington is too vital for him to switch to the Democratic side.
â€œIâ€™m staying a Republican because I think I have a more important role to play there,â€ he said. â€œI think the United States very desperately needs a two-party system. … And Iâ€™m afraid that weâ€™re becoming a one-party system, with Republicans becoming just a regional party.â€
At the same time, Specter said he is open to the possibility of running as an Independent with the understanding that he would caucus with Republicans, just as Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) did with Democrats in 2006.
Though he left that option on the table, he suggested it would be a last resort.
This position is noticeably different from before, when he wouldn’t even entertain the notion of not running as a Republican.
So, what do you all think? Should he run as a Republican, Independent, or a Democrat? Or maybe not run at all? And if he runs as an independent, with whom should he caucus?
A new Congress brings again the question of what to do with Democrat/Independent/Republican/ Joe Lieberman.Â Voices on the left want to kick him out of the Democratic caucus for endorsing John McCain’s failed bid for the White House, speaking at the Republican National Convention and breaking his promise not to criticize Sen. Obama.Â They are wrong.Â The President-elect is right.Â For all the douchebaggery that Sen. Lieberman has engaged in over the past year, he should be kept.
This was a bad idea
From the days of Kyle Sutton featuring Joe Lieberman as his Douche of the Day, this blog has not been friendly to Senator Lieberman. Now, we may have even more reason to oppose him. Mitch McConnell has reached out to him, offering him a place in the Republican Conference.
For now, this is not Lieberman’s first choice. However, it just seems that he is not leaping at the offer because he would not be given a leadership position. That ambition seems likely to fall though, since Democrats don’t seem too keen on keeping him around.
Whatever happens with this situation, let this serve as a lesson. If you are a Democrat, don’t leave the party and then endorse a Republican for president. It’s bad politics, and it is bound to destroy any influence you may have. With this development, my money is on Lieberman joining the pubbies. At that point, he will have given up his authority, and it is doubtful that he will be able to rise back up.
Shawty wanna thug
I hear a lot of complaints about our junion Senator from Michigan. Many kevetch that in her one and a half terms in the Senate she has failed to make a name for herself and pass any noteworthy legislation. What we fail to realize is that she sits in a crucial position at this time in history.
Debbie Stabenow is the chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, which is the powerful group that helps determine committee chairmanships in the new Democratic Congress. Why does this matter?
Debbie Stanbenow controls whether or not Jo Liebs is booted or not… Take that.
I always wondered whether sometime a political protester would hit me with a pie in the face. I never thought a friendly birthday cake would attack me from the rear
~Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), quoted by the St. Petersburg Times, on the fallout from the crash of the Straight Talk Express.
Great pictures here.
I found this article from The New York Times today. It poses the hypothetical of how Al Gore and Joe Lieberman would have gotten along if they had gone to the White House in 2000. It’s a good read, and presents some interesting food for thought.
Currently, Al Gore and Joe Lieberman do not speak very often. Their paths have been very different since 2000, with Gore getting very active as an activist and Lieberman getting increasingly cozy with Republicans. There have been past President and Vice President combos that had friction, but this combo could have turned out disastrous. Do you think this combo could have worked? Or would it have led to massive infighting between two men who have some very different views? Discuss!