Joe Lieberman Addresses The Republican Convention

Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman delivered his long-awaited address to the Republican Convention endorsing GOP nominee Sen. John McCain. Lieberman, who in his speech notes that he is still a Democrat, is sure to provoke the usual response from partisans on each side.

But this week we learned something new. Lieberman has long been said to be the Democrat progressive Democrats love to hate and the Democrat Republicans love to love. But that only went so far: according to many accounts, McCain wanted to pick Lieberman as his running mate but faced a buzzsaw of opposition from the party’s conservative base, particularly social conservatives.

Here’s his speech, without any analysis from us. We embed…you decide:

UPDATE: The New York Times on Lieberman’s speech. And the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wonders if Lieberman’s speech will be the last straw for Democrats.

  

11 Comments

  1. After the '06 election, The Democrats needed Lieberman more than he needed them in order to hold onto their razor-thin majority. If he chose to caucus with the Republicans, it would have meant a 50/50 tie that Cheney would have broken. They had to kiss his tush and give him the chair of Homeland Security.

    If they win a few more Senate seats in '08 he won't find himself as welcome in their midst– especially after rubbing their faces in the dirt during this campaign season. Lieberman is loyal to Lieberman, and has even gone on the warpath after Obama. He might as well go over to the GOP and become a RINO except for his hawkish foreign policy views.

  2. Joe Lieberman – the walking, talking, Encyclopedia Britannica example of “useful idiot” to all those Republican delegates. And really, what a damn shame given who he once was.

    He literally endorsed Sarah Palin as VP pick tonight. PALIN, who stands for absolutely nothing, if not against everything, he has championed in his life. He attacked, on the Republican stage, his “fellow Democrats,” as well as Obama.

    And you know, he probably could have gotten away with simply praising McCain on foreign policy, had he not also gone on the offense against those he (at least over the course of his political career) championed. But this?

    A bridge too far, Senator Lieberman. Short of a McCain win, he's as finished on the national political stage as Zell Miller.

    A sad political footnote.

  3. Lieberman will be removed of his seniority soon. A resignation and a special election would be more fitting.

  4. Lieberman is the voice of the American moderate, along with John McCain. Both men crossed party lines to put country first, and both got heavy criticism for doing so. A McCain-Liebermann ticket would be ideal, but while moderate voters make up the largest part of the electorate, they don't make up the majority and we aren't at the point yet where that ticket could win without support from either the left or the right.

    The right has come closest though, embracing the McCain candidacy, albeit with some reluctance, the left has turned its back on moderation on the other hand and seeing an atvange in the general tone of the nation after the Bush white house has turned to a ticket of hard core liberalism putting two men with some of the biggest partisan voting records at the head of their party.

  5. The 70% of the population who don't support the Iraq war don't see it that way.

    And McCain voted with the Bush WH more than 90% of the time. He gave into pressure from the extreme right and met with Falwell before his death, and gave in again in picking Gov. Palin, pleasing Schafly and Dobson. If he were truly a maverick he would have picked Lieberman. His record is solidly conservative– not moderate. Also, he agreed to Grover Norquist's pledge of no new taxes.

    Organizations like Club for Growth purged the GOP of its moderates– so very few are left in the party.

    How is McCain any less partisan than Obama or Biden?

  6. Lieberman has become a patsy for the GOP. They supported him in his last Senate race, instead of their own candidate, and he has returned the favor, in spades. He is every Republican's favorite Democrat and allows them to publicly declare that their unpopular foreign policies have bipartisan support.

    He is Bush's lapdog, and should be cast out by the Democrats at the very first opportunity.

  7. “He is Bush's lapdog, and should be cast out by the Democrats at the very first opportunity.”

    Other than that, are you going to follow Joe’s advice and vote McCain/Palin?

    Remember, “Country matters more than party.”

  8. Jwest—

    That's why I'm voting for Obama.

    Not even McCain followed his own mantra- instead he was influenced by party insiders who wanted a conservative who could still promote a narrow ideology on the ticket, so he picked an unknown entity with no foreign policy experience but who mouths the “God, Guns N Gays” meme that's red meat to the party faithful. Palin believes the invasion of Iraq was “God's Will”, and that its also “God's will” that the Alaskan pipeline be completed.

  9. krtit 11 writes:

    “The 70% of the population who don't support the Iraq war don't see it that way.”

    Welcome to fantasy island Kritt11.

    Now for a glimspe of the real world

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/

    Voter confidence in the War on Terror is at the highest level ever recorded since Rasmussen Reports began regular tracking in January 2004. Fifty-four percent (54%) of American voters now think the United States and its allies are winning the war. The previous high-water mark for optimism–52%–was reached a handful of times in September and October 2004.

    Optimism about the situation in Iraq is also at an all-time high. Forty-eight percent (48%) now expect the situation in that troubled country to get better over the next six months. Only 17% expect things to get worse. In addition to being the most optimistic assessment ever recorded, these numbers reflect a remarkable turnaround over the past year. Last August, just 27% thought things were going to get better while 47% were pessimistic.

    Looking longer term, voters are evenly divided as to whether history will judge the mission in Iraq as a success or failure. Thirty-eight percent (38%) offer an optimistic assessment while 41% say the opposite. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans think history will look kindly on the effort in Iraq while 63% of Democrats disagree. Unaffiliated voters are divided on the question.

    These numbers also reflect an amazing turnaround over the past year. In August a year ago, 57% thought history would judge the U.S. mission in Iraq to be a failure. At that time, just 29% thought it would be viewed a success.

    President Bush isn’t getting any credit from the changing political environment. Just 30% rate President George W. Bush’s handling of the situation in Iraq as good or excellent while 47% say he has been doing a poor job.

    Voters remain divided on whether or not the country is safer today than it was before September 11, 2001. While 41% of voters believe it is safer today, 40% disagree.

    As always, there are substantial gender and partisan differences on all questions dealing with Iraq and the War on Terror.

    While 46% of women say the U.S. is winning the war, 62% of men agree. Nearly a quarter of women (24%) think the terrorists are winning, while just 14% of men agree.

    On a partisan basis, 82% of Republican voters say America is winning the War on Terror, just 34% of Democrats agree.

    Fifty-one percent (51%) of unaffiliated voters say the U.S. and its allies are winning.

  10. Leonidas,
    You're wrong and Kritt was right. She said: “The 70% of the population who don't support the Iraq war don't see it that way.”

    And then you went on to quote a bunch of polls that dance around her direct statement.

    Unfortunately for you, there is a poll that clearly asked participants if they support the Iraq War.

    “Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Iraq?”
    CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 29-31, 2008. N=1,031 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
    Favor 35%
    Oppose 64%
    Unsure 1%

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