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Should Lieberman Speak at the Republican Convention?

Sen. Joe Lieberman (Democratic-caucusing, I-CT) hasn't made any secret of his support for John McCain, and now he's toying with the idea of being the political equivalent of his best man, standing up and giving a speech for McCain at the Republican Convention in September. On Fox News Sunday, Lieberman said:

I want to help him. I’m not going to attack Obama. I am going to explain why I, as an independent democrat, support McCain, hoping that I can convince other independents and Democrats to join me in choosing the man who is clearly more ready to be the president America needs today.

It's not the first time that someone left the gate open and a donkey has wandered into the elephant pen. In 2004 Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) crossed the party line to deliver a fiery keynote speech at the Republican Convention (he was introduced on the floor as "the conscience of the Democratic Party.) It was a dramatic performance, the likes of which I can't conceive Lieberman coming close to repeating (seriously. Go watch it. Wow.) but the symbolism remains as interesting.

If Lieberman speaks in Minneapolis, will the Democrats kick Joe out of their caucus? Should they? Is Lieberman a traitor, or just making a solid independent decision?


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True-Song True-Song 9 years
Wow. I had not heard that. Interesting.
stephley stephley 9 years
Twice on one trip. "In two days, Lieberman has intervened twice in front of the press — once helping McCain with a correction on Sunnis/Shiites and once putting the blame on himself regarding the (McCain's) description of Purim."
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 9 years
Yeah...he's an trader! But didnt he have to step in and correct McCain once?
gitsie123 gitsie123 9 years
I remember Zell Millers speech and I really didn't come off as fiery or profound.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I think Lieberman is a curiosity but aside from his own constituents who know more intimately than the rest of us I really don't think he makes a bit of difference. "will the Democrats kick Joe out of their caucus?" Since he is now an independent is he even still involved in the Democrats caucus? If so than no I don't think he should be kicked out no more than any Democrat who works across the isle with a Republican on a piece of legislation.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
The only people Joe Lieberman represents is Joe Lieberman.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
Good riddance Joe. The Repubs can have him :WAVE:
em1282 em1282 9 years
That split-screen seriously just made my morning. I'm going with the "wildly irrelevant" option, personally.
stephley stephley 9 years
Look what Joe-mentum did for Gore - take him please! :wave:
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
Joe Lieberman looks like Senator Palpatine. :rotfl:
True-Song True-Song 9 years
It just reflects badly on everyone, I think. For him to speak at the RNC looks bad for Democrats, of course, and it's not that great for McCain, I think. If there's one time to be partisan, I think it's the convention.
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