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Senators: Welcome back, Joe (Lieberman)
The Hill ^ | 9/7/06 | By Jonathan Allen and Alexander Bolton

Posted on 09/08/2006 3:10:27 PM PDT by Jean S

If Sen. Joe Lieberman’s 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 don’t think there’s any of us out there saying ‘Goddamn, I hope Joe doesn’t 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 Reid’s 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, Lieberman’s courtly colleagues seem to be patting him on the shoulder.

“I’d 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.

“I’m 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 Reid’s meeting with Lamont.

“That’s 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.).

Lieberman’s 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.

Lamont’s 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 Lieberman’s colleagues hope party support for Lamont will be restrained.

“The DSCC’s 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, I’m 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 don’t have a relationship with, nor do I even know, Joe’s opponent. I’ve endorsed him because he’s the Democratic” nominee, Biden said. “If Lamont wins, he’ll be embraced, and if Joe wins, he’ll be embraced.”

At least for one day, Democrats wrapped their arms around Lieberman.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; biden; dscc; lament; lamont; lieberman
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1 posted on 09/08/2006 3:10:28 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: JeanS

They've seen the polls.


2 posted on 09/08/2006 3:12:05 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: JeanS
HA HA HA HA!!

We don't want you to win and we are going to campaign against you BUT if you do win, caucus with us, Okay Joe!?
3 posted on 09/08/2006 3:12:09 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: msnimje

I wonder if Joe felt it when the knife went in.


4 posted on 09/08/2006 3:17:45 PM PDT by Livin_large
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To: Livin_large

2 faced B@$tards!!


5 posted on 09/08/2006 3:22:07 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( The Demoncratic Party Battle Flag is Pure White! They stole it from the French..)
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To: Livin_large

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.


6 posted on 09/08/2006 3:23:19 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: JeanS

This is all good, I like to see Dims split.


7 posted on 09/08/2006 3:25:58 PM PDT by alex
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To: JeanS

Looks like they want to avoid having a Jim Jeffords 2.0.


8 posted on 09/08/2006 3:26:15 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: JeanS

Assuming Lieberman wins I give this whole 'Independent' nonsense about 3 or 4 months before Lieberman announces he's a Democrat again.


9 posted on 09/08/2006 3:28:58 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: kinoxi

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.


10 posted on 09/08/2006 3:30:37 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: JeanS
“I don’t think there’s any of us out there saying ‘Goddamn, I hope Joe doesn’t win,’” said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has endorsed Lamont in the general election.

Classy quote from Joe Biden.

11 posted on 09/08/2006 3:31:32 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Southack
Ping. Ole Joe is still listed as a Dem in the recorded Senate voting. HR 5631
12 posted on 09/08/2006 3:32:40 PM PDT by kabar
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To: JeanS
“I don’t think there’s any of us out there saying ‘Goddamn, I hope Joe doesn’t win,’” said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has endorsed Lamont in the general election.

Where is the outrage about that profanity?????

13 posted on 09/08/2006 3:33:52 PM PDT by Howlin (Who in the press will stick up for ABC's right to air this miniseries? ~~NRO)
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To: JeanS
“I don’t think there’s any of us out there saying ‘Goddamn, I hope Joe doesn’t win,’” said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has endorsed Lamont in the general election.

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.

14 posted on 09/08/2006 3:34:20 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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To: JeanS

Suck-ups.

Funny thing is they just tossed Lamont to the wolves. Wonder if he knows it yet?


15 posted on 09/08/2006 3:37:02 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Rabid ethnicist.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

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.


16 posted on 09/08/2006 3:38:19 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

"'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.


17 posted on 09/08/2006 3:44:38 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: JeanS

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!


18 posted on 09/08/2006 4:28:43 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: JeanS

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) He's like a talking rock and just as bright.


19 posted on 09/08/2006 4:31:22 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: mainepatsfan

Yep


20 posted on 09/08/2006 4:46:04 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: JeanS
“Everyone knows where I stand, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, and I want to see the Democrat win,” Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said.

I think what he meant to say is everyone knows I'm a dead in the wool democrat.

21 posted on 09/08/2006 6:02:30 PM PDT by marlon
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To: msnimje

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.


22 posted on 09/08/2006 6:08:12 PM PDT by AmishDude (`[N]on-state actors' can project force around the world more easily than Canada". -- Mark Steyn)
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To: AmishDude
If enough elected Democrats who are not totally wacko socialists switch parties and thus ENSURE even slightly conservative Republicans do not hold those seats, in time there will truly be only one party.

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 .

23 posted on 09/08/2006 6:19:41 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: hoosierham

That's my evil plan.

This way I get to be supreme emperor, not just of the US but the whole NAU.

Mwahahahahahahahaha.

Ha.


24 posted on 09/08/2006 6:21:35 PM PDT by AmishDude (`[N]on-state actors' can project force around the world more easily than Canada". -- Mark Steyn)
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To: All

So Democrats are hypocrites. Surprise, surprise.


25 posted on 09/08/2006 6:22:11 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: JeanS

"Look, it's our good friend Joe!"
26 posted on 09/08/2006 6:25:25 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: JeanS

::snickering::

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.


27 posted on 09/08/2006 7:16:15 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: JeanS

"“I don’t think there’s any of us out there saying ‘Goddamn, I hope Joe doesn’t 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.


28 posted on 09/09/2006 5:28:15 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (DON'T BELIEVE PESSIMISM: FEELINGS ARE FOR LOVE SONGS. FACTS ARE FOR PREDICTING WHO WINS IN NOV)
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To: JeanS
Flaming hypocrites...all of 'em!
29 posted on 09/09/2006 5:35:54 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: JeanS
Caesar was dumb enough to walk back into the Senate.
30 posted on 09/09/2006 5:39:01 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: JeanS

After the 'back stab' it surprises me that Joe is still loyal to these idiots??????


31 posted on 09/09/2006 5:39:31 AM PDT by eeriegeno
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To: kabar

That's not surprising, but it's a deliberate "error."


32 posted on 09/09/2006 5:34:14 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack

Denial just ain't a river in Egypt.


33 posted on 09/09/2006 8:15:03 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Ha!

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.


34 posted on 09/09/2006 9:34:58 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: JeanS
Someone needs to send Sen. Lieberman a copy of Timon of Athens...
35 posted on 09/09/2006 9:38:57 PM PDT by decal ("D For DUmmie")
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To: JeanS


Joe-mentum!

:o)
36 posted on 09/09/2006 9:59:05 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: Southack

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.


37 posted on 09/10/2006 5:35:02 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Lieberman is *not* running for re-election TODAY as a Democrat. Either he is a Democrat or he is not.


38 posted on 09/10/2006 6:09:48 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.



39 posted on 09/10/2006 6:45:20 PM PDT by jaycee
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To: Southack

"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.


40 posted on 09/10/2006 6:56:20 PM PDT by flaglady47
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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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1696920/posts


41 posted on 09/18/2006 12:18:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Saturday, September 16, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Howlin

bttt

Can you imagine if President Bush had said that?


42 posted on 09/18/2006 12:28:55 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: John Jorsett

That's Chaffee if it's 50-50.


43 posted on 09/18/2006 12:37:37 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: kabar; Southack

He's running for the next term as an independent, but isn't he still a Democrat for the current term?


44 posted on 09/18/2006 12:39:14 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: everyone

What a bunch of two-faced jerks.


45 posted on 09/18/2006 12:39:47 AM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


46 posted on 09/18/2006 6:04:17 AM PDT by kabar
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To: JeanS

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.


47 posted on 09/18/2006 7:08:34 AM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: JeanS
“I don’t think there’s any of us out there saying ‘Goddamn, I hope Joe doesn’t win,’” said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has endorsed Lamont in the general election.

This guy has got a serious cognitive dissonance problem.

Why do Delawarians keep electing this bozo?

48 posted on 09/18/2006 7:12:03 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: msnimje
"We don't want you to win and we are going to campaign against you BUT if you do win, caucus with us, Okay Joe!?"

...Caucus...???


49 posted on 09/18/2006 2:31:04 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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To: bitt; SunkenCiv

ping


50 posted on 09/18/2006 4:57:24 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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