February 22, 2007

NEXT STOP, SECRETARY OF STATE:

Lieberman Says War Vote Could Prompt Party Switch (Carrie Budoff, February 22, 2007, Politico)

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut told the Politico Thursday that he has no immediate plans to switch parties, but suggested Democratic opposition to funding the war in Iraq might change his mind.

He'd be ideally positioned to take over State when Condi replaces Dick Cheney.

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What Joe Lieberman Wants... (Massimo Calabresi, 2/22/07, TIME)

In his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, Joe Lieberman has cultivated an image of himself as a lonely prude among the morally corrupt, that rare Washington official who places principle above politics. But with the Democrats' hold on power dependent on just one vote -- in effect, his -- and with Republicans courting him to tilt the balance in their favor, Lieberman has been indulging in some fairly immodest political footsie. Early this year he terrified fellow Democrats by skipping several of the weekly caucus lunches that cement party fidelity in the Senate. Recently he was spotted in the Republican cloakroom talking with South Carolina's Lindsey Graham about reforming Social Security. He even says he might vote Republican for President in 2008, a not-so-veiled hint that he would prefer John McCain, his fellow true believer in the Iraq war, to most, perhaps all, Democratic alternatives.

The Democrats' 2000 candidate for Vice President is the only party member in the Senate supporting President Bush's Iraq policy and says he is "very troubled about the direction the party is heading on foreign policy generally." With his re-election in November, many old allies now rue abandoning him after he lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to Ned Lamont last August. Both sides concede that bitterness remains. "It's still a little painful and awkward," says the majority whip, Dick Durbin, "but I think the caucus counts him as a friend."

Lieberman says leaving the Democratic Party is a "very remote possibility." But even that slight ambiguity -- and all his cross-aisle flirtation -- has proved more than enough to position Lieberman as the Senate's one-man tipping point.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2007 2:30 PM
Comments

He's better positioned to make his Lamont-loving caucus squirm. Here's hoping he applies the prod "liberally."

Posted by: curt at February 22, 2007 5:03 PM

"He'd be ideally positioned to take over State when Condi replaces Dick Cheney." No can do. Vermont's governor, a Dem I presumed, will appoint a Dem to the Senate and flip the Senate back to the Dems. If the governor were a Rep, then Lieberman is welcome to be the Secretary of State, or even the VP.

Posted by: ic at February 22, 2007 5:10 PM

"He'd be ideally positioned to take over State when Condi replaces Dick Cheney." No can do. Vermont's governor, a Dem I presumed, will appoint a Dem to the Senate and flip the Senate back to the Dems. If the governor were a Rep, then Lieberman is welcome to be the Secretary of State, or even the VP.

Posted by: ic at February 22, 2007 5:13 PM

He won't switch parties. He was elected as an Independent and he'll stay that way. On the organizational votes he'd simply vote with the other party like Jim Jeffords did.

Posted by: Gideon at February 22, 2007 5:25 PM

ic Lieberman is from CT which has a Republican governor, M. Jodi Rell

Posted by: erp at February 22, 2007 5:25 PM

I predict that in December 2008 OJ will still be saying (about Lieberman) "He'd be ideally positioned to take over State when Condi replaces Dick Cheney."

Posted by: Dave W at February 22, 2007 6:17 PM

VT has a Republican governor also.

Posted by: ghostcat at February 22, 2007 6:23 PM

I predict that in December 2008 that OJ will still be saying (about Lieberman), "He'd be ideally positioned to take over State when Condi replaces Dick Cheney."

Posted by: Dave W at February 22, 2007 6:25 PM

Jodi is barely Republican. Lieberman has potential. While being mistaken on most things, he's right on this issue. The moonbats are circling, getting ready to destroy the poor guy.

Posted by: at February 22, 2007 9:00 PM

He can vote no to repealing the war resolution without changing parties.

Posted by: erp at February 23, 2007 5:53 PM
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