Still standing on the ledge, still threatening to jump
In an effort to maintain a shred of relevance, Joe Lieberman makes his bi-weekly threat to leave the Democratic Party and join the Republicans:
Ever since Connecticut Democrats refused to back him for a fourth term in Congress, Joe Lieberman has been burnishing his independent credentials in the narrowly divided Senate while becoming increasingly critical of the Democratic Party on the war in Iraq.
Lieberman, the Democratsâ€™ 2000 vice presidential nominee, insists he is not actively considering joining the Republican Party. But he is keeping that possibility wide open as his disenchantment grows with Democratic leaders. The main sticking points are their attempts to end the war in Iraq and their hesitation to take a harder line against Iran.
â€œI think either [Democrats] are, in my opinion, respectfully, naÃ¯ve in thinking we can somehow defeat this enemy with talk, or theyâ€™re simply hesitant to use American power, including military power,â€ Lieberman said in a wide-ranging interview with The Hill.
â€œThere is a very strong group within the party that I think doesnâ€™t take the threat of Islamist terrorism seriously enough.â€
More importantly, they don’t take Joe Lieberman seriously. And why should they?:
Lieberman was the only non-Republican in June to vote against Democratic efforts to pass a resolution expressing no confidence on embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. He has no plans to endorse a Democrat for president, including the senior senator from his home state, Christopher Dodd, and is open to backing a Republican candidate for president. Lieberman also startled Democrats when he lent his support to the re-election bid of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a top target of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
During this monthâ€™s Iraq debate, Lieberman was working behind the scenes strategizing with Republicans and was front-and-center in several GOP press conferences denouncing Democratic tactics to push for an end to the war.
Lieberman was the lone non-Republican to vote against Majority Leader Harry Reidâ€™s (D-Nev.) efforts to shut down debate on an amendment to bring troops home by next April. (Reid voted against the cloture motion to file a similar motion at a later time.) Lieberman was also alone when he joined 40 Republicans in voting to kill an amendment by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) to extend the time between troop deployments in Iraq.
Why does Joe Lieberman hate our troops?
It’s because he’s an asshole.