Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010
Sounding more like an independent than a Democrat, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., tells ABC News he will campaign for some Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections and may not seek the Democratic Senate nomination when he runs for re-election in 2012.
I probably will support some Republican candidates for Congress or Senate in the election in 2010. I'm going to call them as I see them," Lieberman said in an ABC News "Subway Series" interview aboard the U.S. Capitol Subway System.
So what are your thoughts about this?
As you all remember, Joe Lieberman was Al Gore's running mate in 2000. While he has always been fairly independent, he has been a loyal Democrat.
This is not a small thing. Lieberman can have significant leverage in the Senate in 2011 depending on how the 20101 elections swing. Why the change?
Is it still hard feelings about the 2006 Senate election in which the Democratic leadership actively undermined him in the primary and supported another candidate, Ned Lamont, who went on to beat him. (in the primary, Lieberman won the general election as an Independent)
Is it that the Democratic party has lurched so far to the left that the centrist Lieberman could not follow?
Or is it that Lieberman can read the writing on the wall? Does he think the GOP will retake the Senate in 2010 and he is positioning himself for a place in a Republican run Senate?
What are your thoughts.