October 17, 2004


Lieberman Praises Bush, Chides Kerry (Dave Eberhart, 10/15/04, NewsMax.com)

Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman took the unusual step of praising President Bush while chiding John Kerry during a campaign stop in Florida Wednesday.

Lieberman, with just three weeks left before the election, praised Bush strongly for his support of Israel, America’s lone democratic ally in the Mid-East.

"We are dealing with a president who's had a record of strong, consistent support for Israel. You can't say otherwise,” Lieberman told an audience of 600 near Delray Beach, Fla, the Palm Beach Post reported in editions Thursday.

Lieberman also added that any criticism of Bush vis-à-vis Israel would be “unjustified.”

Senator Lieberman and the two Senators Nelson are at the top of the likely-to-switch list if the GOP gets into the high 50s in the Senate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2004 9:48 AM

He'd have to survive the threats of divorce from his left-wing wife.

Posted by: pj at October 17, 2004 11:37 AM


They have only one wing: Joe's career.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2004 11:43 AM

Makes me wonder: who was the campaign stop for? Lieberman would feel much more comfortable in the Snowe-Specter Liberal wing of the Republican party than a Dem; he still has a conscience.

Posted by: AC at October 17, 2004 12:31 PM

Kerry can't be happy Lieberman is telling Florida jewish voters that Bush would be better than Kerry.

Posted by: AWW at October 17, 2004 12:48 PM

Lieberman is on the short list of Democrats I can actually stomach, although he shares the enthusiasm for third-trimester termination that all national Dems hold.

Of course, in the unlikely event that he were to change parties, perhaps he might realign more with his claimed Orthodox faith.

Posted by: Anthony Perez-Miller at October 17, 2004 1:02 PM

This would be a tough call. Lieberman is feeling no pressure in Connecticutt to switch to Republicans, since he will be re-elected easily as a Democrat. He's over 60 (isn't he), therefore he might be looking for a position in Bush's second Administration. Maybe he and Kerry have a feud anyway, so he loses nothing by complimenting Bush.

Posted by: h-man at October 17, 2004 3:07 PM


After W carries CT and gets the GOP to 58 seats in the Senate there will be no such thing as an easy race for Mr. Lieberman as a Democrat.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2004 3:22 PM

"After W carries CT ..."

Sorry, but that's even less likely than the Red Sox beating the Damnyankees and going to the Series this year.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 17, 2004 4:46 PM

Did Lieberman really praise Bush? All he said was that Bush strongly supported Israel, Which could be construed as a fact, given that most other governments have seen fit to criticize it quite drastically.

On the other hand, the US government has also criticized Israel at times for the usual reasons: Defending itself too vigorously, using excessive force, etc. All rather meaningless in the real world, when you have an enemy intent on your destruction, but doubtless for both external and internal consumption.

(A bit strange, really, since any other country would have, by now, annihilated such an enemy.
No questions asked. But no one said that life was fair....)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at October 17, 2004 5:32 PM

Lying Joe Lieberman will never switch parties. He is a complete scumbag who thinks that because he's never had a pork chop that his record is immune from scrutiny. Yet, his voting record is to the left of Pat Moynihan's. He is also proud that he brought the Arab dirtbag Zogby to meet Clinton.

If he were offered the choice of killing every Jew in the world outside of his immediate family and it resulted in his being elevated to the US Presidency, he would make that choice in a nanosecond.

Posted by: Bart at October 17, 2004 6:45 PM

Bart, don't mince your words. How do you really feel?

I agree, Joe is an unsavory character.

Posted by: pchuck at October 18, 2004 10:01 AM

"After W carries CT ..."

Sorry, but that's even less likely than the Red Sox beating the Damnyankees and going to the Series this year.

Been out for a while, and catching up on the last few days. Just though I'd note this...

Posted by: jsmith at October 22, 2004 8:50 PM