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Should Dems Be Concerned About Lieberman?

Senator Joe Lieberman is a Democrat-turned-Independent who supported Republican John McCain for president. He caused an upset among Democrats during the campaign when he attacked Obama and met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this week to discuss his role in the Democratic caucus, leaving many to wonder if Dems will capitalize on his bipartisanship or remain bitter about his choice of endorsement.

The senator didn't say exactly what he and Reid talked about after the meeting, but according to CNN said:

"The election is over, and I completely agree with President-elect [Barack] Obama that we must now unite to get our economy going again and to keep the American people safe. That is exactly what I intend to do with my colleagues here in the Senate in support of our new president. And those are the standards I will use in considering the options that I have before me."

Reid is quoted as saying he understands Lieberman has voted with Democrats a majority of the time, but that his comments and actions have raised "serious concerns." Prior to the election, 50 percent of CitizenSugar readers said Lieberman is no longer reputable and would only help McCain's campaign as much as he helped Gore. What do you think now — should Lieberman ask the Dems for forgiveness, and perhaps give up his powerful positions, or should he accept the Republican's offer to join their ranks?


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StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
typically unbiased sources do not RAIL on one candidate and not the other. It is very hard to look at an article that has nothing good to say about anyone but Obama, and trust it. And it's not that I can't handle the truth, it's that I can't handle when they give the 50% that is the truth, hide the rest, and tell us we should trust ALL media... BS I don't think Obama is an unitelligent person, I am sure he did very well in many interviews, but rhetoric and action are two separate things. Just like in Napolean Dynomite. Vote for Pedro cause he will promise you the world. Knowing that it is impossible.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
That was pretty snarky considering she wasn't even talking to anyone in particular.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Hainan, it was a reporter from Jerusalem, Israel, so I would not consider it to be "mainstream media", and he is not discussing his "candidate"...he won't get to vote for any of them. If you read the article, he simply compares the different styles of Bush, McCain, and Obama. I understand you might find that threatening, though. When the truth is to hard to handle, blame the media! ;) I don't think that comparing the strengths of the candidates was a bad thing, heaven forbid the truth is told.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
your article sounds like a biased main stream media article and no one should trust a reporter that outwardly shows his opinion about a specific candidate.... unless it is an editorial, which it is not.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Heaven forbid there is a difference of opinion.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I posted a link and quotes, but it was flagged. :(
Jillness Jillness 8 years In March, on his whirlwind visit to Israel, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, one of whose primary strengths is said to be his intimate grasp of foreign affairs, chose to bring along Sen. Joe Lieberman to the interview our diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon and I conducted with him, looked to Lieberman several times for reassurance on his answers and seemed a little flummoxed by a question relating to the nuances of settlement construction. On Wednesday evening, toward the end of his packed one-day visit here, Barack Obama, the Democratic senator who is leading the race for the White House and who lacks long years of foreign policy involvement, spoke to The Jerusalem Post with only a single aide in his King David Hotel room, and that aide's sole contribution to the conversation was to suggest that the candidate and I switch seats so that our photographer would get better lighting for his pictures. Several of Obama's Middle East advisers - including former Clinton special envoy Dennis Ross and ex-ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer - were hovering in the vicinity. But Obama, who was making only his second visit to Israel,knew precisely what he wanted to say about the most intricate issues confronting and concerning Israel, and expressed himself clearly, even stridently on key subjects.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think that Liebermann could endorse anyone he wanted, no big deal to me. However, I think that endorsing someone on their "foreign policy credentials" when you had to feed the information into their ears at numerous press conferences and during interviews with the Jerusalem Post is a lame excuse. How can you endorse someone on foreign policy when they don't even understand what "settlements" in regards to Gaza means????? (I will post a link in a few) I think he was buddies with McCain, and thought he had a shot at VP.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Didn't everyone jump down the throats of anyone who said anything along these lines about Powell?
mommie mommie 8 years
Lieberman is for Lieberman and he should be out. He was a sore looser in Connecticutso he became the spoiler, the Rep party would not allow him to be McCain's VP, and I do hope he looses his next election. He plays both sides and I hope the Dems have the guts to toss him out with gusto.
shalee55 shalee55 8 years
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
I'm in agreement with Dreamsugar.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
The last thing the Republicans need is another moderate/liberal in the party. While I appreciate Joe being sensible on some issues, we need to get the moderates and neocons out of the party.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
haha popgoestheworld you said sheep and thats your avatar... haha But I totally agree with your logic!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
From the articles I've read it sounds like Lieberman preferred McCain's international policies and experience to Obama's. And to that extent, he criticized Obama's policies and praised McCain's. To me that is political discourse, not bashing. I guess the whole "you can't trust him" thing just seems odd to me. I'm more likely to trust someone who stands behind their own beliefs and doesn't fall into the party line like some kind of sheep. The idea of punishing people for thinking for themselves just doesn't appeal to me at all. But hey, like I said, I don't really understand insider politics. Maybe this is just the way it works.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I guess I totally missed the Obama-bashing by Lieberman too!!! He simply thought McCain would be better for the US than Obama. He IS NOT A REPUBLICAN. That is why McCain would not put him on the ticket... again the main thing he agrees with republicans on is a strong national defense.... do you research people!!! And he didn't flip-flop on anything either. Why can he not think that Barack Obama is too inexperienced and too Socialist without everyone thinking he is flip-flopping.... seriously read up on Truman Democrat, and read up on him while you are at it. And the reason I said that he was kicked out of the democrat seat is basically it is a known process that the incumbant automatically gets the win in a primary, the dems chose not to do this, therefore kicking him out. And the DNC denounced him at that time for his support of the war... again truman democrat, strong defense... Democrat does not mean uber-liberal!!!! Seriously people!!!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
pop- look at the picture of Lieberman- he's smiling and holding a bumper sticker that says "another Democrat for McCain." He spoke at the RNC, and he campaigned for McCain. He is an active politician in the Senate! That's completely different than Powell, who was retired and said that he wouldn't campaign for Obama. Lieberman had this to say about the Democratic party: "It's not the Bill Clinton-Al Gore party, which was strong internationalists, strong on defense, pro-trade, pro-reform in our domestic government," he said. "It's been effectively taken over by a small group on the left of the party that is protectionist, isolationist, and very, very hyperpartisan. So it pains me." But he's an Independent, so I mean, I don't see any great outrage here that he endorsed Obama, or isn't a good Democrat anymore. It's more just a feeling that maybe he isn't the most reliable supporter of the Democrat party, which is fine. If Obama or the Senate likes Lieberman and can work well with him- then I say fine, it's not like I really know him as well as they do anyway!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Lieberman bashed Obama? I guess I missed that.
mswender mswender 8 years
I think the big difference between Colin Powell and Joe Lieberman is that Powell nicely endorsed Obama, and Leiberman campaigned for McCain and was outright bashing Obama. He took it to another level. He flip flops around like crazy. I didn't like him before he rallied for McCain, but if he had just endorsed and supported McCain, I think that it would be a different story in the Senate.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I don't really know how insider politics works but it seems like now isn't the time to punish someone for not agreeing with you. How un-bipartisan can you get? For the people who are saying you don't trust him, can you please explain what that means? You don't trust him to vote Democratically? I'm confused about what that means. Honestly, like Organic said, McCain is hardly conservative. It's not a huge stretch for an independent to back someone who's pretty in the middle himself.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I don't trust him and I'm not worried about his role either.
girlA girlA 8 years
Wow, I really don't understand the Lieberman-bashing. No one seemed to have come out against Powell like this(I know, he retired). I'm an independent and have voted both repub and dem in the past--sometimes as we get older, our views and experiences change, therefore, altering what we believe in. Many people who supported Bush and his policies may have gone against him--are we not allowed to shift to our beliefs? Isn't that what a true independent does?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't think anyone needs to worry about Lieberman. I think the conservatives should be concerned that the GOP has become liberal enough that someone like Lieberman would feel comfortable changing sides...
Amandaletta Amandaletta 8 years
eww watery toast....haha great analogy, couldn't agree more.
azulsky azulsky 8 years
The Democrats never kicked Lieberman out of the party he lost the democratic primary in Connecticut to Ned Lamont instead of honoring the Connecticut Democrats decision he ran as an Independent. Lieberman had to know the risks of campaigning for McCain in the manner that he did would have impact on his status in the Senate, he still chose to campaign the way he did so he needs to just deal with the fall out like a big boy. Either accept the other chairmanship or move over and caucus with the Republicans
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