December 1, 2005

G. O. JOE:

Lieberman In Step With GOP On How To Run War (DAVID LIGHTMAN, December 1 2005, Hartford Courant)

In Bush's address on the progress of the war, the president described those who have called for withdrawal timetables - including 38 of the Senate's 44 Democrats - as "sincerely wrong."

Then he cited Lieberman.

"As Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman said recently, setting an artificial timetable would `discourage our troops because it seems to be heading for the door. It will encourage the terrorists. It will confuse the Iraqi people.'

"Sen. Lieberman is right," the president said at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Not according to Democrats, who lined up at the Capitol and around the country to sharply criticize Bush's approach - and, in some cases, Lieberman's avid support.

If only he believed in the 10 Commandments, Mr. Lieberman could be a Republican.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2005 2:07 PM

He could be one now. He wouldn't be a very good one, but he's not a particularly good Democrat, either. And we don't expect munch from New England Republicans anyway (present company excepted, of course).

Posted by: Timothy at December 1, 2005 3:10 PM

If he voted his convictions, he surely voted for W for President. Which is more than can be said for at least one GOP Senator...

Posted by: b at December 1, 2005 3:24 PM

But don't overlook that period when he was running for VP and put all his principles on hiatus to be the good little party man. Like Moynihan, all these so-called principled Democrats, when given the opportunity, never fail to vote party line.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 1, 2005 4:02 PM

Principled Republicans vote their party line too even if they disagree with it. It's called being a politician.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at December 1, 2005 4:47 PM

lieberman did much more than just vote the party line, he renounced his supposedly heartfelt positions in a new york second 9once he got the vp nomination).

of course we expect politicians to be scum bags but lieberman always presented himself as an orthodox jew who didn't let the greasy pole effect his votes.

he also denounced clinton harshly but then voted not to impeach him (whatever they call the equivalent in the senate). tough talk from joe is worth the paper it's printed on.

Posted by: i remember at December 1, 2005 5:23 PM

The Kos Kiddies have worked up a complete seething hatred of the man. Wouldn't shock me if Soros funded a challenger in the primaries next year.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 1, 2005 5:35 PM

Bush should try again to get him to switch or put him in the cabinet and maybe get a GOP senator from CT.

Posted by: AWW at December 1, 2005 7:27 PM

Which GOPer is know for being "ouspoken" and "principled" but votes the party line? Who gets the Moynihan treatment, where he can say anythng as long as he votes the GOP way even for trivial matters? Sen. Keating-McCain? Specter, Chaffee? It's a label that seem to only to apply to a Dem, like the aforementioned phony, Moynihan. (Well, there is Sen. Keating-McCain, whose principle seems to be that his vote is always right, especially when he's sticking it to the GOP.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 1, 2005 9:24 PM