If Lieberman were a Republican, this would be news

Greg at EspressoPundit correctly summed up the media creation that was John McCain — he was a Republican who would blast Bush and agree with the New York Times editorial board back when no one else would.

Contrast the media’s fawning and non-stop coverage of McCain with Joe Lieberman.  If ever there was a story that deserves big headlines, this is it — a Democrat who was expelled from his party because he chose U.S. national security over Bush hatred.

“I think either [Democrats] are, in my opinion, respectfully, naïve in thinking we can somehow defeat this enemy with talk, or they’re simply hesitant to use American power, including military power,” Lieberman said in a wide-ranging interview with The Hill.

“There is a very strong group within the party that I think doesn’t take the threat of Islamist terrorism seriously enough.”

…“I fear that some people take this position also because anything President Bush is for, they’ll be against, and that’s wrong,” said Lieberman, a staunch advocate of the war. “There’s a great tradition in our history of partisanship generally receding when it comes to foreign policy. But for the moment we’ve lost that.”

Lieberman was the only non-Republican in June to vote against Democratic efforts to pass a resolution expressing no confidence on embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. He has no plans to endorse a Democrat for president, including the senior senator from his home state, Christopher Dodd, and is open to backing a Republican candidate for president. Lieberman also startled Democrats when he lent his support to the re-election bid of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a top target of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.


  1. SonoranSam says

    Lieberman wasn’t “expelled.” He lost a primary, and then ran as an independent and won election by drawing votes from Republicans, who nominated a stumble-bum, and independent voters.

    I don’t think he would have been allowed to run in AZ, having lost a Democratic primary.

    But that’s what primaries are all about.

  2. Lieberman represents the views on national defense and foreign policy once espoused in the Democratic Party by Scoop Jackson and Sam Nunn. I agree with much of what he says with regard to those areas of policy, but would point out that he is just as critical of Bush’s missteps in Iraq as he is of the Democrats who think we can just pack up and leave hastily. Nevertheless, it behooves Democrats to keep in mind that the American people will need to feel that they can trust them with our safety and security before a Democrat is elected president again. Those are not my words; they were said by Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, another voice of moderation and reason in Washington.

    However, I did have to chuckle when I saw Lieberman’s backing of Susan Collins cited in Chad’s post. Given her views on many issues that come before the Congress, I am sure she would be placed squarely in the “RINO” camp by many contributors to this blog. How ironic that Lieberman is lauded on The Sonoran Alliance site for his sensibility in backing a seasoned and knowledgable Senator from Maine…who wouldn’t have a prayer of winning a GOP primary in Arizona!

    Can we also get some quotes on Lieberman’s views on Bush’s economic and environmental policies? I would have voted for Joe over Ned Lamont if I were a Connecticut Democrat and am proud to say so. However, let’s keep in mind that he has hardly become a fellow traveler with the GOP.

  3. Sam – You make a fair point – it was an election and Lieberman lost. He wasn’t exactly “expelled”, but the animosity of Connecticut Democrats, bordering on rage, led to the closest thing possible to an expulsion to push Lieberman into early retirement.

    Judging from this article and some contacts on the Hill, he is not the most popular person in the Democrat party right now.

    You could argue the same happened with Chafee, but with him, it was mostly an issue of frustration Republicans felt toward a left-leaning Republican. Chafee voted with his party only 40% of the time, compared to 90% for Lieberman. Despite that, we did not see the vitriol leveled at Chafee by the Club for Growth that MoveOn.org or the Kos kids shot at Lieberman.

  4. Rex – I got to chuckle. I deliberately left in the comment about Susan Collins. I agree with you wholeheartedly that very few SA readers would happily help her in her re-election, and a more than a few would happily try to replace her in a primary. She definitely falls into the RINO camp.

    However, the point is Lieberman, a lifelong Democrat, is helping elect a Republican. Whether he agrees or disagrees with Bush on this or that, the Collins’ reelection may help get the number of Senate Republicans up to 50. At that point, the Dems can go back to being in the minority and the next Republican president will have a Republican Senate to help him with his agenda, due in part to a former “lifelong” Democrat.


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