We Need More Like Senator Lieberman

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    Oct 30, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    While I don't agree with him on all issues, his general approach to his job is refreshing. (Article from ABC News)

    Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010
    Subway Series: Former Dem Veep Candidate Plans to Campaign for GOP
    Oct. 30, 2009—

    Sounding more like an independent than a Democrat, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., tells ABC News he will campaign for some Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections and may not seek the Democratic Senate nomination when he runs for re-election in 2012.

    "I probably will support some Republican candidates for Congress or Senate in the election in 2010. I'm going to call them as I see them," Lieberman said in an ABC News "Subway Series" interview aboard the U.S. Capitol Subway System.

    Lieberman infuriated fellow Democrats in 2008 by supporting Republican presidential nominee John McCain as well as congressional candidates Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

    The moves nearly cost Lieberman his chairmanship of the Commerce Committee, but after promising to be a loyal Democrat he was allowed to keep his gavel.

    Now, he says he'll do it again.

    "There's a hard core of partisan, passionate, hardcore Republicans," Lieberman said. "There's a hard core of partisan Democrats on the other side. And in between is the larger group, which is people who really want to see the right thing done, or want something good done for this country and them -- and that means, sometimes, the better choice is somebody who's not a Democrat."

    Asked if he will seek the Democratic nomination when he runs for re-election in 2012, Lieberman said, "That's an open question."

    "There are options," Lieberman said. "The other, obviously, is to just start as an independent, which is where I ended up in 2006."

    He finds being an independent "liberating" because, "You're not tied to a particular inner group and feel that extra pressure to march in lockstep. I think that the public generally is fed up with all the partisanship, and us against them."

    In 2006, Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination to liberal challenger Ned Lamont and went on to win re-election as an Independent. He currently calls himself an independent Democrat, but is counted as part of the Senate Democratic caucus.

    In the big campaign in his home state of Connecticut next year, however, Lieberman said he will strongly support Democratic incumbent Sen. Chris Dodd, who faces a tough re-election battle.

    "I believe Sen. Dodd will get re elected, but it's not going to be easy. This is going to be a tough year for incumbents," Lieberman said. "I hope I can help him get re-elected."

    In the Senate, Lieberman again has angered Democrats by saying he is adamantly opposed to including a so-called "public option" in the current health care reform bill.

    Asked if he would go so far as to "join a Republican filibuster against the entire health bill" if the public option is included, Lieberman said, "Yes, that's right."

    "Bottom line," he added, "I'm saying this public option is so unnecessary to genuine health care reform and so bad for our country and the people of our country that I would vote to stop final vote on this health care reform bill if the public option is part of it."

    Lieberman also weighed in on the Obama administration's strategy on the war in Afghanistan, saying it is time for the president to make his decision and that he should not wait any longer.

  • silverfox

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    Oct 30, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    Refreshing? I find him to be a horse's ass. A traitor to his party. He seems to come down on the wrong side of the issues imho.

    But to each his own.
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    Oct 30, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    He's a complete asshat, bought and paid for by the insurance companies in Connecticut. He doesn't give a rat's ass about his constituents; it's all about him and his ability to hold on to power and keep raking in campaign donations. I hope he finally loses his seat in 2012. Meanwhile, Democrats should strip him of all his leadership posts.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    Leiberman has shown himself in many ways to be an opportunistic pain in the ass !!!!
  • Webster666

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    Oct 30, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    Lieberman is a whining prostitute for the insurance companies who are ripping off everybody.

    Currently, Lieberman is the chairman of the following committees in the Senate.

    -Homeland Security
    -Governmental Affairs
    -Sub-committee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wild Life Protection
    -Sub-committee on Airland Forces

    Go to this web site: tinyurl.com/yhmqx2x
    Click on "Proceed to this site."

    Sign the petition to encourage the Democrats in the Senate to remove Leiberman from his chairmanship of these committees.
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    Oct 30, 2009 11:40 PM GMT
    OK. Anyone on here support Lieberman?

    Or, the idea of an independent who will sometimes side with the D side of the aisle and sometimes side with the R side?