September 7, 2008

JOE MUST GO...P:

After RNC Speech, Republicans Court Lieberman to Make the Switch Official (Alan K. Ota, 9/07/08, Congressional Quarterly)

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, a senior Republican, said he intended to try to pry Lieberman from the Democratic fold, beginning with Monday’s cloture vote on a motion to proceed to the fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill (S 3001).

“I would like to see him vote with Republicans in September,” Specter said. “He’s practically there. That would have the consequence of giving us a Republican Senate.”

Specter said he’s ready to renew a months-long discussion with Lieberman about switching parties.

Lieberman says he still considers himself a Democrat.

“I remain a Democrat. A disappointed Democrat, but a Democrat,” he said Sept. 3, hours after his speech at the Republican National Convention on behalf of his close friend, GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Win or lose in November, Republicans are betting Lieberman will be on their side next year — either as a Cabinet member in a McCain administration or as part of a powerful band of centrist rebels who could help to block the priorities of an Obama administration.

Lieberman did little to quell speculation that he might join a McCain Cabinet, which would allow Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell , a Republican, to appoint his successor.


The key would be to announce a switch this Fall on a day when you want to bump the Unicorn Rider off the top of the newspile.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 7, 2008 8:23 AM
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