Skip to comments.Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options
Posted on 11/24/2010 5:42:12 PM PST by Vigilanteman
Joe Lieberman essentially has two options for 2012: Retire or become a Republican.
The Connecticut senator and Democratic exile hasn't made up his mind whether to seek a fifth term, Lieberman and those close to him say. But if he does, the GOP ticket appears to offer his best shot at reelection.
"That's his only hope," said John Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and a former state Democratic chairman.
Even that, Olsen and others involved in Connecticut politics say, looks like a long shot. But no other avenue appears to be open to the 68-year-old Lieberman, who won a three-way contest in 2006 after losing the Democratic primary to a challenger from the left, Ned Lamont.
One reason is that the ballot line for the Connecticut for Lieberman party, the vehicle he used in 2006, is no longer available to him.
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Is he a modern version of Scoop Jackson?
Could he possibly get elected as a Republican?
Connecticut is strange. Lieberman has enormous brand value, so he could win by running on the GOP line, just like Bloomberg won in NYC on that line. A lot would depend on who his opponent was, and who would be at the top of the ticket.
Ummm... Let’s see. Is he a Democrat?
No... He’s an Independent.
Hmm, no... He’s a Republican.
Basically, he has to vote conservative on key issues, ESPECIALLY IN THIS LAME DUCK SESSION. These issues include Amnesty (i.e., DREAM ACT), Cap and Trade, and a bunch of other stuff. Then he has to vote reasonably conservative in the next Congress...not just on security issues.
At that point, he will have at least a chance of surviving a Republican primary.
If not, he might as well go back to the Shabbaz, or whatever those guys do in retirement.
You got that right. I would not surprise me at all if the GOP in CT convinced LIEberman to run on the GOP ticket and then claim a victory for the GOP if he won. It would be pure fallacy since LIEberman is tried and true liberal in every way. The only reason he maintains his stand vis-a-vis the military is so that it helps Israel. If he were not a Jew he would be right behind Reid in destroying our military.
There’s gotta be a golf course somewhere calling his name.
I’m wondering if Linda McMahon would have a viable shot against Lieberman in 2012? She ran a tough campaign against Howdy Doody and was very impressive in the debates, though she came up short by a solid margin on Election Day.
As for Joe as a GOP’er... Eh. Most pols flip-flop to an extent, but Lieberman has been all over the board on every issue except defense. Joe was even allegedly pro-life at one point. I was glad to see him defeat that whack job Ned Lamont, but I think it’s time for him to retire. And the GOP should look for something better than Joe in 2012.
The last thing we need is Joe Lieberman switching sides. He’ll have just as much credibility and seniority as Arlen (ex)pector(ate) did.
No thanks, Joe.
Speaking of Scoop Jackson, it’s hard to believe that a state that now has Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as their Senators once fielded a guy who told Ike he wasn’t building enough ICBM’s to keep the Soviets in line.
Can we sell King County to British Columbia or something? Please? Pretty Please???
Lieberman should not be allowed to run on a GOP ticket if there is any meaning to party labels. Lieberman has a lifetime ACU rating of 16. He supported cap and trade. He opposed the confirmation of Alito. He voted for Obamacare and the stimulus. He is a liberal thru and thru.
The Tokyo Rove wing would welcome him.
Joe LIEberman was algore’s running mate in 2000. That should answer about every question asked about him. He needs to go home.
“Lieberman should not be allowed to run on a GOP ticket if there is any meaning to party labels. Lieberman has a lifetime ACU rating of 16. He supported cap and trade. He opposed the confirmation of Alito. He voted for Obamacare and the stimulus. He is a liberal thru and thru.”
I agree that the label of “moderate” is VERY loosely applied to Dems, and particularly him. However, I’m just trying to give him a path, if he wants it. If he goes ANY other way, he’s toast. Right now, my ONLY goal for this country is to get through this Lame Duck Congress, particularly with the START Treaty and the DREAM Act. If he helps us here, that is good - maybe not enough to make up for an ACA of 16, but that is his ONLY chance, and we need all the help we can get in the next month - this country could be literally destroyed by some votes that go the wrong way.
One thing this last election showed us is that you can't fix stupid when stupid doesn't want to be fixed.
Despite running decent candidates on the left coast and in New England, the GOP was pretty much shut out in every state except Maine and New Hampshire and only because these two are not quite totally overrun by the stupid libtard element.
He could get elected as a RINO. Not a Republican.
Another stupid RINO we don’t need, retire!
There is one more option for the 68 year old Senator.
Retire! Go home!
I’m torn on this one. Lieberman’s support for ObamaCare and partial birth abortion are abominable. At the same time, if he were to become a Republican, it would have enormous propoganda value.
He could switch, but he’d never win the primary. The Democrats allegedly hate him, despite the fact he votes with them, what, 90% of the time ? I mean, what does Hamlet of the Potomac truly offer us beyond a couple of votes ? I’ve never trusted him (sure, he’s better than Lowell Weicker, but that’s only because Weicker was a traitorous weasel infesting the GOP caucus).