December 16, 2007


Lieberman to endorse McCain (Mike Allen, Dec 16, 2007, Politico)

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), who was on the national Democratic ticket in 2000, will cross the aisle to endorse Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tomorrow, Republican sources said.

The two will appear together on NBC's "Today" show tomorrow, then at an 8 a.m. town hall in Hillsborough, N.H.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2007 3:28 PM

There's only half an aisle to cross. Lieberman is independent.

Posted by: ic at December 16, 2007 6:39 PM

Unless independents can vote in the Republican primary, I'm not sure how this helps. If Lieberman had endorsed Romney, your headline would have been "Abortion Supporters Flock Together."

Posted by: Ibid at December 16, 2007 7:35 PM

NH likes mavericks of any stripe. It helps.

Posted by: ghostcat at December 16, 2007 8:36 PM

It keeps getting worser and worser.

Posted by: erp at December 16, 2007 10:42 PM

Actually, this is very good news. Of all the GOP candidates, only McCain and Fred probably have any chance of getting anywhere with Congress. Both of them would surely meet with the leaders, lay out their ideas, accept some adjustments, and then say - 'this is it', or 'action this day' (or else). Absent a landslide victory, neither Rudy nor Romney will be able to do that.

If Rudy's slide is real, and Fred doesn't finish 1 or 2 in IA, McCain is almost certainly going to win the nomination. Huckabee is already slipping.

This is an important announcement because Lieberman is every Republican's favorite Dem (which may not be saying much). But if McCain wins, ol' Joe suddenly becomes the most powerful Senator, a confidante and the new maverick.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 17, 2007 12:48 AM

Unless independents can vote in the Republican primary,

They can, in New Hampshire and Michigan. Also Virginia. Also, unless they've changed it, in North Carolina (though in NC you must be a registered Democrat to vote in the Democratic primary, Republicans have long allowed independents as well.)

Posted by: John Thacker at December 17, 2007 1:25 AM

It takes a particularly virulent form of partisan fever to think appeal to independents a negative. Better the minority party and pure!

Posted by: oj at December 17, 2007 7:42 AM

It takes some kind of fever for anyone to believe anything Joe says.

Posted by: erp at December 17, 2007 10:53 AM

In NH, registered "Independents", are allowed to vote in either party's primary. The announcement today in Hillsborough at 8 AM was well attended, even though the weather all day and night yesterday was horrendous. Lieberman received a standing ovation for his well delivered endorsement. McCain was at his best in his acceptance.

I now have a McCain poster out front ... a first for me.

Go John! Thanks Joe! go Pats!

Posted by: genecis at December 17, 2007 2:45 PM