Skip to comments.Senators: Welcome back, Joe (Lieberman)
Posted on 09/08/2006 3:10:27 PM PDT by Jean S
If Sen. Joe Liebermans Democratic colleagues are anxious to get rid of him, they gave no indication of it in their first gathering since Lieberman lost a Connecticut primary to Ned Lamont last month and launched an independent bid.
I dont think theres any of us out there saying Goddamn, I hope Joe doesnt win, said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has endorsed Lamont in the general election.
Indeed, Democratic senators applauded Lieberman at their weekly policy luncheon, when Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asked him to brief the caucus on upcoming port-security legislation.
Welcome back, said Reid, who was scheduled to meet with Lamont later in the day.
After Reids introduction, Lieberman got a warm ovation, according to Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).
As much as liberal scrawlers on the Internet are calling for his scalp, Liebermans courtly colleagues seem to be patting him on the shoulder.
Id always like to work with Joe Lieberman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is backing Lamont, said of a possible Lieberman win in the general election.
Others were a little more forward.
Im not going to settle for a handshake. I want a big hug, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) told Lieberman. Lincoln has not endorsed either candidate.
A smiling Lieberman emerged from the caucus shortly after 2 p.m. to chat with about 40 members of the news media who had gathered in the hallway outside of the meeting room.
I appreciated it immensely, he said of the ovation he received, noting that it had been some time since his mere presence at a caucus meeting sparked applause.
He easily brushed off Reids meeting with Lamont.
Thats politics, he said.
Lieberman gamely handled a few more questions Republican colleagues are not asking him to join their side and he has no interest in becoming secretary of defense before moving toward the sanctuary of a senators-only elevator.
Earlier in the day, Lieberman said several senators approached him on the floor during a vote on an amendment to the pending fiscal year 2007 defense appropriations bill. He said he got kind words from a bipartisan set of members, including Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).
Liebermans centrism was once a source of strength in Democratic circles, helping land him the vice presidential slot in 2000. But his 2004 presidential bid fell flat in the Democratic primary, and his support for American involvement in the Iraq war has made him a target for critics of the war. Lamont edged Lieberman in the primary, but Lieberman leads in polling in a three-way general-election race including Republican Alan Schlesinger.
Lamonts challenge put Democratic leaders in a bind, and several of them said before the primary that they would support whomever Connecticut Democrats chose.
But some of Liebermans colleagues hope party support for Lamont will be restrained.
The DSCCs resources are not unlimited and I hope we would focus on states where an incumbent Democrat is not running for re-election, said Carper, who could be in line to replace Lieberman atop the Democratic roster on the governmental affairs panel.
Joe Lieberman is one of my closest personal friends, he said. Carper has endorsed Lieberman in the primary.
But not everyone in the Democratic Caucus was as charitable.
Everyone knows where I stand, Im a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, and I want to see the Democrat win, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said.
Biden may have been the most circumspect.
I dont have a relationship with, nor do I even know, Joes opponent. Ive endorsed him because hes the Democratic nominee, Biden said. If Lamont wins, hell be embraced, and if Joe wins, hell be embraced.
At least for one day, Democrats wrapped their arms around Lieberman.
They've seen the polls.
I wonder if Joe felt it when the knife went in.
2 faced B@$tards!!
Yeah, look him in the eye and smile while stabbing him in the back. Hopefully this will influences more of his votes to be 'independent' minded when he wins reelection.
This is all good, I like to see Dims split.
Looks like they want to avoid having a Jim Jeffords 2.0.
Assuming Lieberman wins I give this whole 'Independent' nonsense about 3 or 4 months before Lieberman announces he's a Democrat again.
I bet Dem Senators genuinely like the guy. But they are not above staging a public show of affection designed purely to offset the negatives of their political anti-Joe-ness.
Classy quote from Joe Biden.
Where is the outrage about that profanity?????
How can anybody take this clown seriously? And to think, he's one of the handful of people up there making decisions for the rest of us.
Funny thing is they just tossed Lamont to the wolves. Wonder if he knows it yet?
Well, Hillary has taken care of Lieberman and Kerry as potential candidates. Daschle's down the hole. I'd guess Gore will be her next hatchet job.
"'Independent' nonsense about 3 or 4 months "
On another thread it was stated that Connecticut law sez you have to wait 6 months after an election to switch parties. No big deal.
Democrat traitors are in a tough spot. If Lieberman loses, they are stuck with LaMont, a veritable fool. If Lieberman wins, they will have to mend their fences at a humiliating pace. lol Hey, it just doesn't get any better than this!
Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) He's like a talking rock and just as bright.
I think what he meant to say is everyone knows I'm a dead in the wool democrat.
I know he will do it, but Joe's stupid to caucus with the Democrats. He could get a chairmanship and all kinds of other benefits by being in the majority.
And the Republicans would treat him better than the Dems would.
Welcome those Democrats who have publicly stated and VOTED conservatively and for responsibility and freedom but let the socialists and so-called liberals go home when replaced by a more radical one. Let them fight amongst themselves.
Would you have wanted to take into the Allied cause those Nazis who disagreed with Hitler only on the policy of exterminating the lesser peoples but believed in their innate destiny to rule all others?
That is the kind of "division" among the socialists;and also among the Muslims.
Accept only those who have truly demonstrated their commitment to freedom .
That's my evil plan.
This way I get to be supreme emperor, not just of the US but the whole NAU.
So Democrats are hypocrites. Surprise, surprise.
The Dems have been neutered, on this issue, because Leiberman showed he has a spine and resisted Kos. Something none of them have mustered the courage to do.
As a result he's leading in the polls, largely because they underestimated CONSERVATIVE/REPUBLICAN willingness to put politics aside and support the only candidate in the race that would be responsible on the WOT. They apparently also forgot not all Liberals, whether Dems or Independents, are suicidal loons. Even in CT.
Oh, and Kos? You may be able to intimidate Liberal Democrats. You may be able to intimidate liberal networks. But you've yet to show you can intimidate the GOP's CONSERVATIVE base...or score a victory against us. Proof in point is this race. We're the ones denying you an anti-war victory. I hope you gag on that knowledge.
"I dont think theres any of us out there saying Goddamn, I hope Joe doesnt win, said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has endorsed Lamont in the general election."
Will some genuine Catholic please sit ole Catholic Joe down and explain that using language that is sinful is not the way to establish his bona fides as a "Catholic"?
Don't listen to what the rat says, watch how he lives.
After the 'back stab' it surprises me that Joe is still loyal to these idiots??????
That's not surprising, but it's a deliberate "error."
Denial just ain't a river in Egypt.
We just have different opinions of what is going on. I'm not taking it too seriously.
If you turn out to be right then let me email you $10 via paypal for a drink or some such.
We can have different opinions, but you can't have different facts. Lieberman is still counted as a Democrat in the Seante. There ARE currently 44 Dem senators and Lieberman is one of them. That is a fact.
Lieberman is *not* running for re-election TODAY as a Democrat. Either he is a Democrat or he is not.
Did Joe Biden use that language on the air? What show was it on? He reminds me of a nit-wit with that silly smirky smile.
"Either he is a Democrat or he is not."
Well, he is not, but he is. He is legally a Democrat in the Senate until election day. Then, assuming he wins, he officially becomes an Independent who can then choose which party in Congress he wants to caucus with, which will be the Dems. He will then officially be an Independent that caucuses with the Dems, but not until the next session of Congress begins after the mid-term election is over.
it's all about the spin:
For Lieberman, the 'I' Stands for 'Ignored'
The Washington Post | September 7, 2006 | Dana Muilbank
Posted on 09/07/2006 7:04:25 AM EDT by libstripper
Can you imagine if President Bush had said that?
That's Chaffee if it's 50-50.
He's running for the next term as an independent, but isn't he still a Democrat for the current term?
What a bunch of two-faced jerks.
He is a Dem as long as the Dem Senate leadership says he is one. If you look at the official recordation of Senate votes, it is clear that Lieberman is still carried on the official Senate roles as a Dem. Lieberman was elected as a Dem and will remain as one until if and when he is reelected. He could then switch back to the Dem party in CT after six months.
Of course they're kissing up to him. He's going to win, and they don't want a Jumpin' Jim Jeffords on their side of the aisle.
This guy has got a serious cognitive dissonance problem.
Why do Delawarians keep electing this bozo?
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