Joe Lieberman May Back Republican in ’08
Joe Lieberman continues to tweak Democrats at every opportunity.
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent who supports Democrats in Congress despite his backing of the Iraq war, said on Thursday he was not ruling out endorsing a Republican in the White House race.
The 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate said he also wants to see if an independent enters the crowded field of 2008 presidential hopefuls. “I’m going to chose whichever candidate that I think will do the best job for our country, regardless of the party affiliation of that candidate,” the Connecticut senator told reporters in the state capital Hartford. “I’m not going to get involved until after both parties have their presumptive nominees and, frankly, to see if there is a strong independent candidate,” he said.
Lieberman recently held a fundraiser to help Republican Susan Collins get re-elected and has hinted numerous times that he might leave the Democratic caucus, so this isn’t a big surprise.
Still, it’s time for Lieberman to fish or cut bait. He’s either caucusing with the Democrats or he isn’t. His continually trying to have it both ways is just annoying. He’s in the same position where John McCain was after the 2000 election, enjoying the media attention that comes from going against his party. Of course, Lieberman at least is nominally an “Independent,” having lost his bid for re-nomination as a Democrat.
Lieberman’s endorsement won’t do much to help a Democratic nominee; indeed, it might hurt. It really won’t do much to bolster a Republican, either, unless he gives a Zell Miller type speech at the Convention.