December 6, 2005


Lieberman Calls For Formation Of 'War Cabinet' (DAVID LIGHTMAN, December 6 2005, The Hartford Courant)

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, increasingly isolated in his own Democratic party because of his strong support for the Iraq war, today called on the White House and congressional leaders to form a special "war cabinet" to provide advice and direction for the war effort.

The Connecticut Democrat's "Bipartisan Victory in Iraq Administrative Group," designed to take some of the political edge off the war debate, would be modeled after similar panels during the Vietnam War and World War II.

Lieberman, whom the Bush administration has praised repeatedly for his war stance, defended the president. "It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge he'll be commander-in-chief for three more years," the senator said. "We undermine the president's credibility at our nation's peril."

You can smell how badly he wants out of the Democratic caucus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2005 11:25 PM

Some uncommon common sense.

Except that in its feverish Dean-led fog, the Democratic party, in its wisdom, has determined, and for some time now, that undermining Bush is the most patriotic thing any decent American can, and should, do. They're also convinced that it's good politics.

So that Lieberman's days as a Democratic would appear to be numbered.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 7, 2005 2:32 AM

Mind you, if Lieberman hopped over to the GOP, the liberal media would have a collective coronary. Rumor has it that the hospitals closest to the New York Times and CBS News buildings have contingency plans in place: surgical teams at the ready, oxygen tents hissing, Jimmy Carter book signings, and Tip O'Neil look-alikes manning the gift shops.

Posted by: John Savage at December 7, 2005 8:29 AM

The White House could give the Left two coronaries: invite both Joe and Hillary to join a war cabinet.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at December 7, 2005 8:48 AM

Why doesn't he just do a Jeffords, and declare himself independent of the Dem caucus? Going "I" would tone down the "traitor" charges. Is it because he would no longer have any committee assignments of value? Does the DNC or Dem Senate campaign really contribute that much to his re-election efforts?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 7, 2005 1:17 PM

How would he win a three man race in CT?

Posted by: oj at December 7, 2005 1:22 PM

Bush should have had a bipartisan war cabinet soon after 9-11. You shouldn't run wars in a way that allows partisan politics to disrupt the war effort. Woodrow Wilson was wrong to exclude the GOP during the Versailles negotiations. FDR was right to have GOP in his WWII administration.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at December 7, 2005 2:59 PM


If war wasn't a partisan issue for Democrats you wouldn't need a war cabinet.

Posted by: oj at December 7, 2005 3:02 PM