Friday, June 22, 2007

Renegade Joe

Much to the chagrin of many Democrats, especially anti-Iraq war activists, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut continues to chart his own course. And the path he's on, and the anger it sparks, were on vivid display Thursday night when he co-hosted a Washington fundraising dinner for ... a Republican.

Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent, announced several weeks ago his endorsement of GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. She faces a potentially tough reelection battle and, with Democrats keen on expanding their razor-thin Senate majority, the race figures to be one of the most closely-watched in 2008.
Why exactly would Joementum do this? The answer is clearly self preservation. Joe Lieberman has a vested interest in seeing that the Senate stays closely divided. With more Republicans up for re-election in 2008 than Democrats and a national mood against the war that he supports, a loss of more Republican seats could severely diminish his influence and power.

The people of Connecticut made a huge mistake by sending him back to the Senate. He is a Bush apologist and strong supporter of the War. He is also a spiteful man using his position to hurt the Democrats, most of whom supported the winner of the Democratic Primary Ned Lamont.

I hope in 2008 that the Democrats can attain a larger majority in the Senate and throw Senator Lieberman under the proverbial bus. It could not happen to a nicer guy.

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