December 9, 2005


Lieberman meets with Rumsfeld amid retirement speculation (ANDREW MIGA, December 8, 2005, Associated Press)

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld hosted Sen. Joe Lieberman for a breakfast meeting Thursday amid speculation that the Connecticut Democrat could be in line to succeed him.

Lieberman, who has emerged as President Bush's staunchest Democratic defender on the Iraq war, has bucked his party and been a vocal advocate for Bush's Iraq policies.

He was tight-lipped about the 7:30 a.m. meeting with Rumsfeld and Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
May as well get the new SecDef up to speed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2005 4:49 PM

I can't comment on wether or not Lieberman would be good in the position.

Yet it would be a good way for Bush to possibly reach across the aisle, and I think many Democrats will see it as Bush offering an olive branch to them, and may very well respond in kind, and be more inclined to support the necessary effort to......

[ snork...... thpplltt..... pffftshh...... HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.......!!!!!! ]

OK, I TRIED to keep a straight face when I said that, I really did!

Whew. I slay me sometimes, I really do.

Posted by: Andrew X at December 9, 2005 5:39 PM

brilliant! our fine prince is putting on quite a show here, wonder who will get the "ears" ?

Posted by: nicolo machiavelli at December 9, 2005 5:42 PM

Rumsfeld denied that he was resigning.

Posted by: erp at December 9, 2005 6:14 PM

Rumsfeld is not going anywhere before January 2009, just to spite the inside-the-Beltway natterers. Bush and Rumsfeld take particular delight in tweaking the establishment's noses, just to see thenm squeal like the particularly slow-witted pigs that they are.

Posted by: sam at December 9, 2005 6:36 PM

So did Paul O'Neill.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2005 8:16 PM

OJ - ONeill was shown the door. Bush wouldn't do that to Rumsfeld. And I'm sure Bush has learned by now that being nice to the Dems is a waste of time.

Posted by: AWW at December 9, 2005 9:07 PM

Presidents do what needs to be done.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2005 9:11 PM

Forget SecDef - make Lieberman VP.

And have him give the opening speech at the new Iraqi Parliament.

The GOP would pick up at least 4 Senate seats for sure, and old Joe could deliver the coup de grace to all his (Dem) buddies that want to be President in 2008 when he endorses McCain in late 2007.

Posted by: ratbert at December 9, 2005 10:47 PM

But he'll be giving up his senate seat to Lowell Weicker.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 10, 2005 11:58 AM

No, the GOP gets to pick his replacement.

Posted by: oj at December 10, 2005 2:02 PM

Rumsfeld leaving by any means except death would be seized upon as evidence of "failure" in Iraq.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at December 10, 2005 2:48 PM

Not in January as troops are drawn down and his work can be said to be done.

Posted by: oj at December 10, 2005 5:22 PM