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April 24, 2007

Time for Lieberman to Switch?

It may be time for Sen. Lieberman (I) to consider switching to the GOP.

While I fully respect and admire him for his decision to run as an Independent and represent the State of Connecticutt as their Senator despite being the target of one of the most vicious attacks by a party he served well, even being their VP nominee in 2000, the stakes may be too high for Mr. Lieberman to caucas with the Democrats.

If he were to switch, the majority of the Senate would go back to the GOP with VP Cheney being the deciding vote in the event of ties. More importantly, the agenda and voting bills would be set by the GOP. Right now, the stakes may be too high. The Senate and House are determined to continue playing a game of chicken President Bush, while this nation has soldiers in the field for a war that the Senate says is lost. If that is the case, a timetable is just a guarantee of more deaths in an already lost cause, and the Senate Democrats should vote what they believe, and not ask others to die in this lost cause, by defunding the war immediately. This is a crass game of politics, nothing more, nothing less.

Sen. Lieberman is to be commended for speaking strongly against Sen. Reids comments last week.


“This week witnessed horrific terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists in Iraq, killing hundreds of innocent civilians and leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to declare that the war is ‘lost.’

With all due respect, I strongly disagree. Senator Reid’s statement is not based on military facts on the ground in Iraq and does not advance our cause there.

Al Qaeda’s strategy for victory in Iraq is clear. They are trying to murder as many innocent civilians as possible in an effort to reignite sectarian fighting and drive us to retreat from Iraq.

The question now before us is whether we respond to these terrorist attacks by running away as Al Qaeda hopes – abandoning the future of Iraq, the Middle East, and ultimately our own security to the very same people responsible for this week’s atrocities – or whether we stand united to fight them.

This is exactly the wrong time to conclude that we have lost the war in Iraq, or that our new strategy has failed. Instead, we should provide General Petraeus and his troops with the time and the resources to succeed. We should not surrender in the face of barbarism.”

While the Senator’s words are strong support, they may not be enough. If Sen. Lieberman were to Caucas with the GOP I don’t know if Senate rules would still have the Democrats – few if any of whom have stepped up to speak against their Majority Leader’s words – in control of the Senate. However, the stakes may be too high. Sen. Lieberman won a large victory based on his reputation for reasoanble positions, and clearly he didn’t abandon the Democratic Party, they abandoned him. He also won on the strength of moderate and conservative Republicans standing by him, along with reasonable Democrats and independents. It is not likely they would abandon him for switching whom he caucases with, and possibly switching to the GOP.



  1. Hi, I found your blog through Mommy Zab’s and I just wanted to say thank you for helping to shed light on politics for me. I have just recently become more involved in the wide world of politics so it is refreshing to hear someone who is on the same side as I am.

    Comment by misi — April 24, 2007 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  2. Politics can be so funny sometimes. Just 6 years ago (before the war) Lieberman was the #2 guy for their Dems. Fast forward 6 years and the same people that were trying to get him elected as the 2nd most powerful man in the world are trying to make him lose his senate seat. All of this seems to be because of 1 issue. The funny thing is that Harold Ford Jr. supported the war and the Dems were working hard to get him elected to the senate in TN. I guess that you can’t be pro-war and live to far up north.

    On the flip side Republicans started embracing Lieberman because of his support for 1 issue. Lieberman got a lot of support from Republicans in the 06 election and if you ask me he should think about switching.

    I can remember an article where he was talking about how uncomfortable he was feeling when he would attend Democratic lunches and the topic of the war would coming up.

    If he does switch parties and the GOP regains their majority it can’t be all bad.

    Comment by LLR — April 24, 2007 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  3. i have a lot of respect for him because he knows what he believes and seems to stick by it. how many politicians can say that. even if i don’t agree with him on everything i really like him. i never knew all this about him as he ran with Gore. I’m so glad I have been able to learn more about him over the past few years. I think he should switch parties. I don’t know that i would vote for him ever, but i do know i would take him over all the people running for the dem nomination. but then, i’m a republican 🙂

    Comment by mommyzabs — April 24, 2007 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve always respected Sen. Lieberman. Remember I’m a quirky Republican – not really fond of big business, moderate on some social issue, and certainly not opposed to “Big Government”. I’m really a Federalist and a Hawk, so having a socially moderate/fiscally moderate HAWK join the GOP is really fine by me!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 24, 2007 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  5. Well thank you Misi, hope to see you around!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 24, 2007 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  6. He has been quoted as saying that he would be open to changing parties based on the way the Democrats handled the war. I would love to see him change parties, I am holding out hope.
    The far left Democrats in Conn. showed up in the primary to vote him out, but there weren’t enough of them to help defeat him in a general election. That is one of the reasons I still hold out some hope for ’08.
    Maybe Harry Reid will have finally convinced him to switch.
    It’s incredible that Reid is playing right into the enemies hand and either doesn’t realize it or doesn’t care, I don’t know which is worse.

    Comment by mpinkeyes — April 25, 2007 @ 1:05 am | Reply

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