Thursday, February 22, 2007

Of course Holy Joe didn't raise the subject of switching parties himself, but if there's one thing he knows, it's how to draw attention to himself


Editor & Publisher reports online that the issue of Time magazine due out tomorrow contains a "mini-profile" in which His Royal Holiness, Saint Joe of Connecticut, describes a party switch as "a remote possibility":

"Independent" Sen. Joe Lieberman receives a mini-profile titled "What Joe Wants," a key question since he is "the Senate's one-man tipping point." Republicans, the magazine says, are "courting him" and Lieberman "has been indulging in some fairly immodest political footsie."

Lieberman calls jumping to the Republican side, and tilting the Senate, "a remote possibility," which means there's at least a chance of that. Time seems to push Lieberman in this direction, as the article concludes: "Lieberman's GOP flirtation has its risks--and a time limit....The longer he waits to capitalize on his moment, the greater the danger that he'll be tagged as one of those politicians for whom having power is more important than using it."

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin claims that his side still "counts on him as a friend" even though it is "a little painful and awkward."

Last month, after Lieberman told Democratic chief Sen. Harry Reid that he had "stopped attending the weekly Democratic lunch because he didn't feel comfortable discussing Iraq there, Reid offered to hold those discussions at another time," Time's Massimo Calabresi reveals. "Lieberman has started attending again." But Lieberman also keeps in touch with Bush aide Stephen Hadley "every week or two."


Here is the URL for the Time piece itself.

David Sirota hopes our Joe does make the big switch

Check it out here.



At 3:00 PM, Blogger Milt Shook said...


I have to admit, this does worry me. As much as I despise Lieberman for his stance on Iraq, I worry that we could drive him to the other side, and throw the Senate into total chaos at some point.

Think about this; everyone in his right mind knows that the GOP is going down in the next election. So, they'd have almost two years to ram through every judicial appointment that can make, with the knowledge that they won't have to deal with the aftermath. A lame duck Bush AND a lame duck Republican-led Senate?

I don't like Lieberman much these days, but the fact is, he's there for six years, like him or not, and we don't have enough of a political cushion to be able to afford to drive him to the dark side. At this point, let's just make nice, and in two years, when we have a 60-40 margin in the Senate, we can tell him to piss off.

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Zappatero said...

surprised it took this long, actually.

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that every state is supposed to have two senators, but Israel gets about 30? (That includes Lieberman of course.)

Somehow this just doesn't seem right.


Post a Comment

<< Home