June 13, 2008


Enemy in the ranks: Lieberman's support of McCain could hurt Democrats among Jewish voters (Matt Berger, 6/12/08, NBC/National Journal)

While Lieberman's national stature has faded since he became the first Jew to run on a major party ticket for vice president in 2000, he remains akin to a rock star in the American Jewish world, especially among national security hawks. But now, the former Democrat — who became an independent in 2006 after losing his party's nomination for re-election to the Senate in Connecticut — is raising eyebrows among some of his biggest fans.

Lieberman surprised many in December when he endorsed Republican John McCain for president, but others dismissed it as just another step in Lieberman's march to the right, spurred by a mix of support for the Iraq war and frustration with Democrats who did not support him after his primary loss. The real confusion, however, has come in recent weeks, as Lieberman has gone on the offensive against Democratic candidate Barack Obama, suggesting he is "naive" on U.S. policy toward Iran and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

How can he put his country ahead of his former party?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2008 12:08 PM

He got run out of the Democratic party. He doesn't owe it any loyalty at all.

Posted by: Brandon at June 13, 2008 2:52 PM

Considering that Obama wants to talk to Ahmadimanut without preconditions, I personally don't get how anyone thinks he's not naive.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 13, 2008 8:27 PM