Lieberman Warns Democrats: I May Join GOP
Friday, Feb. 23, 2007
Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut fired a shot across the bow of the Senate’s Democratic majority, warning them he may bolt the party and join the GOP if Congress votes to withhold funding for the war in Iraq.
The move would give Republicans control of the Senate, since Democrats hold the majority by one vote.
Lieberman, who calls himself an “independent Democrat,” has been among the strongest supporters of the war on terror and President Bush’s plan for a troop surge in Iraq.
“I have no desire to change parties,” Lieberman said in an interview published Thursday on politico.com. “If that ever happens, it is because I feel the majority of Democrats have gone in a direction that I don’t feel comfortable with.”
Lieberman cited the upcoming showdown over new funding for the war could be a deciding factor that would lure him to the GOP. Several Democrats, led by Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, have been agitating for a funding cut-off.
“I hope we don’t get to that point,” he said. “That’s about all I will say on it today. That would hurt.”
A Voice of Reason says:
Joe Lieberman would be welcome to the GOP, although I wouldn’t hold my breath. It is amazing how some of the more impassioned conservatives are reacting to the possible change of party by the Junior Senator from Connecticutt. All the harder right blogs are holding their breath and praying this may be the case, and the lack of the term RINO is hardly mentioned.
Reasonable people have always known that Senator Lieberman was a good legislator, who was not hostage to extremism on either side. Although his being a Democrat hurts the GOP, he has typically been reasonable and his voting records match those from GOP Senators from the Northeast. It seems that he is being left in the cold by his party, and their quickly marching to the left over the US involvement in Iraq.