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.