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February 23, 2007

Lieberman Warns Democrats: I May Join GOP

Filed under: Politics — avoiceofreason @ 11:28 pm

Lieberman Warns Democrats: I May Join GOP

NewsMax.com Wires
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.



  1. Hi,

    Joe is a strange entity. He would be welcomed in the Rep party mostly because he’s thought of as an honest man, though surely he votes 95+ liberal.

    Coulter wrote that Maxine Waters thought he wasn’t liberal enough because he wasn’t behind her assertion that the CIA invented AIDS and crack to kill all the black people in America.

    He’s a liberal, but not a crackpot.


    Comment by icanplainlysee — February 23, 2007 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  2. Hank,
    I agree that Senator Lieberman is fairly liberal with many social issues, but so are some Republicans. He would certainly not be far away from such GOP Senators as Spector, Snow, and the recently voted out Chaffee.

    The key about Lieberman switching over would be that he would bring committees back under GOP leadership.


    Comment by Avoiceofreason — February 24, 2007 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  3. Has Maxine ever explained why, if the CIA invented AIDS and crack to kill all the black people, it hasn’t worked, but at least the AIDS bit seems to have killed a lot of white people?

    Comment by Dave — February 27, 2007 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Dave,

    Maxine has never been accused of being confused with facts and solid information.

    Her agenda is pre-determined, and assigning whatever real or imagined blame to whatever white, conservative, and religious individuals or groups she’s upset with this week is just her modus operandi.

    I like that name too.

    What a shame.


    Comment by icanplainlysee — February 28, 2007 @ 1:54 am | Reply

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