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Lieberman to Cross Aisle to Endorse McCain

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee who currently lists his party affiliation as "Independent Democrat," will break party ranks tomorrow to endorse Sen. John McCain's presidential bid, according to sources close to the Arizona Republican The announcement will be made Monday in New Hampshire where Lieberman's moderate credentials may well help convince influential independent voters to support McCain.

"Obviously it helps us with Independents in New Hampshire" said a McCain source familiar with the endorsement. "But the real reason Lieberman is endorsing McCain is because he believes that John is the best candidate on issues of national security and the candidate most prepared to fight war against radical Islamic extremists."

McCain and Lieberman have been close friends for years and have emerged over the last several years as two of the most outspoken proponents of the war in Iraq. Lieberman's support for the war cost him his party's Senate nomination in 2006 as anti-war forces from across the country rallied behind businessman Ned Lamont to oust him. Unbowed, Lieberman ran and won as an independent for re-election.

"McCain has always been loyal to him and went to bat for him in his reelection campaign," said one senior McCain adviser. "There is no doubt that he is more closely aligned to McCain than anyone running for President."

While Lieberman has grown less and less popular within Democratic ranks, he remains a respected figure among moderate and unaligned voters. That constituency is crucial in New Hampshire as unaffiliated voters, who can vote in either party's primary on Jan. 8, make up roughly 40 percent of the Granite State electorate.

The Lieberman endorsement is the latest in a string of successes for McCain. Over the weekend, the Des Moines Register and Boston Globe editorial boards endorsed his presidential bid.

--Chris Cillizza

By Post Editor  |  December 16, 2007; 5:07 PM ET
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In his bid for senate, Lieberman received a campaign contribution from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Now that Lieberman has endorsed McCain, there's speculation that Bloomberg wants to be on the McCain ticket if the Arizona senator captures the GOP nomination.
This would be confirmed by the fact that Bloomberg has also made a recent generous contribution to the McCain effort.

For review of recent contributions made by the rich and powerful, see:

reconpresseusa--Financial Endorsements

Posted by: reconpresseusa | December 17, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Good for Joe. After the "small tent" leftist dem party abandoned him to support a nobody like Loser Lamont he is acting like the Independent he is. He won as an independent and beat the lock-step Democrat...He isn't crossing over, the dems didn't want him. Personally, I'd support Lieberman before I'd vote for McCain, but He certainly owes no allegiance to the jackasses.

Posted by: bogey251 | December 17, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"While Lieberman has grown less and less popular within Democratic ranks, he remains a respected figure among moderate and unaligned voters."

Just where do you come up with such an asinine assumption. Just who did you ask about that? Trained monkeys? Dick Cheney? John McCain?
The man was a traitor to his party and now shows his true colors as a Republican right winger and you think he has "moderate" support?
Turn on the switch in your brain, because the lights are on, but no one is home.

Posted by: JOHN | December 17, 2007 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"While Lieberman has grown less and less popular within Democratic ranks, he remains a respected figure among moderate and unaligned voters."

Interesting that you give that fact without a shred of evidence to back it up. Any poll numbers you can give backing that up? Anything?

Until then let's just say, Chris, I remain sceptical of your decree about us moderates and independents view of Lieberman....

Posted by: dlorry12 | December 17, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris......
You said - "While Lieberman has grown less and less popular within Democratic ranks, he remains a respected figure among moderate and unaligned voters."

What moderate and unaligned voters? A respected figure? Oh come on now Chris. Me thinks you need a vacation!

Posted by: mzkleen | December 17, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

First off, does Lieberman realize there more to the world and this country than Bush's War on Terror? All the comes out his mouth lately is terrorism and bombing Iran. Yes the safety of this country is important but not at the expense of everything else.

Second, where is your proof that Lieberman "remains a respected figure among moderate and unaligned voters." It's easy to throw statements like that out but without any proof backing it up the statement doesn't mean a thing. Just more Inside the Beltway journalism that has failed this country and its citizens.

Posted by: rel615 | December 17, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"moderate credentials"? Seriously Chris, stop drinking the inside-the-beltway martinis for a second and actually do a modicum of research?

The most recent poll reflects MASSIVE buyer's remorse in Connecticut, with Lieberman's approval ratings amongst independents at 28%, and amongst dems in the teens.

He has NO credentials. He is a one issue politician, and that one issue is supported by fewer than 25% of America (and fewer than 20% of Connecticut) - absolute infinite war in the middle east.

Not really a winning strategy.

Oh, and New Hampshire rejected Iraq policy and warmongering in general (McCain included) more decisively than any other state in the country, replacing over 100 Republican state lawmakers in 2006.

My suggestion for your next article: how about using, you know, facts and substance, instead of warmed-over spittle in order to make your argument. Thanks.

Posted by: AjaxtheGreater | December 17, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

So the "Whining worm" has crossed the aisle to suck up to his "Israel-first" partner, McCain, showing that on certain issues there is no difference in the two major parties. Lieberman is the head coward who was pushing others to war with Iraq and who is trying his best to put forth Israel's view on attacking Iran. He may come from Connecticutt but his allegiance is to Israel.
This country cannot afford these dual allegiance bastards deciding policy for us.
Lieberman is a disgrace to the jews who think of themselves as citizens of America before any place else. Lieberman and others who share his primary concern for Israel are the reason for the surge in anti-semitism. Alan Dershowitz is another of the same type, who has never seen any criticism of Israel as justified.

Posted by: Doubtom | December 17, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This is what SENATOR LOOSER said about Liberman endorsement:

"I have the greatest respect for Joe, but I simply have to disagree with his decision to endorse Senator McCain," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

You still have the greatest respect for Joe as the majority leader of the senate who just endorsed a candidate from another political party. Have some party principle. Kick him out of your party and just become a minority leader for a while. It makes no difference to democrats all over the country any way.

That reminds me of another voting issue for me on next senate election in California. Barbara Boxer actively campagined for Liberman against Ned Lamont during CT primary! Any body but Boxer for me during next primary.

Posted by: kat7 | December 17, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

One need only scroll down the lists of top 100 campaign contributors for each of the presidential candidates and a profile of who's backing them emerges.

The frontrunners all have contributions ranging from $5000 to $10,000 from individuals connected to public/private equity and investment firms as well as those with familiar names but listed as "retired"

Going down to the also-rans, the profile is quite different, the contributions are less than $5000 and the money house types are not nearly as common.

On some of the "whodat candidate" profiles, the no-name contributors are as unknown as the candidate so it won't take more than a caucus here or a primary there to reset the program, make it easier for journalists to ask tougher and longer questions at the town hall meetings and send the also-rans packing on a Greyhound bus back home.

Posted by: reconpresseusa | December 17, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the tables were turned if McCain would have crossed the aisle to endorse Leiberman. I doubt it very much..

Posted by: 1listener | December 17, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The simple logic to this is no logic at all. I can only guess as to my earlier post about McCain dropping out gracefully after the drubbing he is going to get in Iowa, and with this endorsement by traitor Joe, NH will follow suit. This could be just what McCain really wanted to happen so he will be able to leave the 08 race.

Posted by: lylepink | December 17, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Leiberman is just an elected Israeli lobbyist. He is more than willing to sacrifice american lives, and the reputation of america to help protect Israel. He supports McCain, not because he is the best candidate to help protect us from radical islamic terrorism, but because he is the best candidate to help perpetuate the lie of radical islamic terrorism. If any of you are unsure of exactly what that means, go online and find a film called Zeitgeist and watch the whole thing. The entire war on terror was contrived and perpetrated, not by "islamic terrorists", but by corporate terrorists, who are in fact the ones that are profiting in the extreme from the promise of perpetual war.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | December 17, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The Neocons are in a tizzy. Ron Paul is rising and the other candidates are wishy washy about continuing the commitment for a multinational government and global empire ... except Juan McCain. McCain is pro illegal alien and pro-Iraqi and pro-Iran War, two things the Neocons hold dearest. He would increase the trillions of US tax dollars spent on the military industrial complex and spreading goodness about the world from the barrel of the gun, bankrupting the US. Now they are getting frantic, because McCain is languishing in the polls. So they send another major Neocon, Joe Lieberman, as an endorser and potential running mate. The problem with their strategy is that people are beginning to awaken to the message of freedom and liberty that Ron Paul speaks. Their eyes are being opened to see the hideous monster that Neoconism really is - sapping our freedom and taking all of our money for global war and a multinational state. Long live the rEVOLution!

Posted by: washpost3 | December 17, 2007 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I think this is a brilliant Democratic political attack. Not only does it "out" Senator Lieberman as a Republican in independent-Democrat clothing, but it also infuriates conservative Republican voters. I fully expect to see bus loads of angry Connecticut Republicans crash the Iowa caucuses to cast votes for Democratic candidates.

Posted by: ChokoChuckles | December 17, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of Lieberman. What a turncoat. Why doesn't he just go ahead and register himself as a republican? As for McCain, there was a time when I actually had respect for the man. Unfortunately it fell by the wayside after watching him suck up to Bush, even after what the Bushies did to him AND his family in South Carolina. It's a shame really. How many lives and careers do you suppose Bush has destroyed?

Posted by: ggwalt123 | December 17, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

So 'JOLTIN' JOE LIEBERMAN supports the proven loser JOHN McCAIN - so what??? 'JOLTIN' JOE supported the ridiculous/ineffectual McCAIN/FEINGOLD BILL too and supported McCAIN's stance on 'AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS' until McCAIN was subsumed bt the tsunami of negative reactions from the UNITED STATES legal voters!!! THE BIGGER QUESTION IS - WILL 'DEMBHOLES' IN CONGRESS FINALLY CUT WHATEVER TIES ARE REMAINING TO 'JOLTIN' JOE???

Posted by: ZyskandarAJaimot | December 17, 2007 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I feel like I need to take a long shower after reading the comments on this topic, truly sickening to see all the anti-Semitic neo-Nazis that jumped on this topic. These people claim to be liberals or progressives, in truth they are no different from the repulsive David Dukes of this world. So they disagree with Senator Lieberman's views on various issues...this justifies trotting out the worst kind of hatred toward Judaism, huh? Shame on all of these people...let God judge them for their hatred.

I am not a supporter of Senator McCain at all, but Senator Lieberman has taken a position because he believes it is in the best interest of case you haters missed it, he has repeatedly sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, not Israel, and just because he takes a position you people disagree with, it certainly does nothing to warrant the sickening hatred that has been posted here.

Posted by: nelson | December 17, 2007 7:39 AM | Report abuse

An endorsement by a traitor anin't a lot to talk about. The oppertunist of Connetcutt is anywhere he can gain. I'll bet he will endorse a Democrat soon as that long in the tooth MCCain gets his fanny handed to him. What the heck do we Americans think what a foppish Senator does? Nothing.

Posted by: stanjax3 | December 17, 2007 7:09 AM | Report abuse

So,as an Independent Voter in Arizona,let me assure everyone,that Amnesty John McCain
lost all remaining little creditibility he
ever had left,when he grabbed his ankles
and Co-Sponored Liar in Chief George W Bush
Illegal Alien Amnesty and Cheap Labor Illegal Alien Employer Corporate Welfare
with old Democrat lush Teddy Kennedy. And,
as a direct result Senator Amnesty John McCain could not get elected dogcatcher of
a small one dog town here in Arizona,so I
fail to see how Joe Lieberman endorsement
will help Amnesty John McCain and in fact
that will be the kiss of death on his political career at last. Thank God as old
fool Amnesty John McCain needs to retire
and move to Mexico and live with all his
illegal alien pals.

Posted by: redheadclaudine | December 17, 2007 6:52 AM | Report abuse

I have thought McCain would drop out of the 08 race at some time, and this may be his honorable way of doing it when he loses in NH so badly. I can only think this endorsement by Joe will hurt him in Iowa as well. This is even more telling when the Bushies are supporting Mitt, with Jeb being an advisor to Mitt. This makes it even more of a puzzle as to why McCain and Joe are among the strongest supporters of GW. I have seen the word "Blackmail" used several times, but I cannot go that far without at least some evidence/proof.

Posted by: lylepink | December 17, 2007 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Well, I see McCain isn't making any friends among the Aryan nations, five percenters, Hamas operatives, Chomsky groupies and closet communists posting in here in support of Ron Paul (3% and falling in the latest poll)

When will you people understand that McCain doesn't support Israel, he supports Freedom. No amount of money can make him support Evil over Good ... and look how much money the Saudi's have been spending on Bill Clinton's Presidential Library in a vain attempt to win some points.

(the money probably bankrolled his Hustler subscription but thats another story)

Posted by: nosubstituteforvictory | December 17, 2007 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a remake of a bad movie.

"Grumpy Old Men" this time starring Fighting Joe and Straight-Talkin' John with Iran in the Anne Margaret role.

Or maybe "Gramp-Bo" where two old guys send kids to die in another needless war.

Posted by: R49Thomas | December 17, 2007 2:11 AM | Report abuse


joe helped throw in the towel in he's a towelboy for life.

you can see clear thru some chameleons.

Posted by: forestbloggod | December 17, 2007 1:24 AM | Report abuse

katahdin11: "Please wake up folks - like you don't think Lieberman knows what's going on in the world. They would NEVER let Obama or Hillary know - nor would they understand.. Thanks.. Please think JUST a little bit before you vote." i was just thinking....the good senator from Connecticut knows everything, including khaballah and babel. please let us know different.

Posted by: egalitaire | December 17, 2007 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Berkshire Hathaway "billionaire next door" Warren Buffett makes the campaign rounds helping Hillary Clinton raise money but in the meantime, according to, contributes $4600 to Obama's campaign--a paltry sum even by billionaire's standards--Lieberman's Republican cross-dressing pales in comparison to this shameless capitalist tactic--what else will we learn not just about who and how the candidates get their dollars and votes but who and how are giving the candidates them--

As for the tacit Bush endorsement, one need only to scroll down the contributions for McCain to see the $4600 donated by Frank Carlucci of the Carlyle Group, that investment entity of Bush Sr.--

Posted by: reconpresseusa | December 17, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

lieberman doesn't stand for israel -- he stands for likud -- i fail to see why anybody who dislikes likud's policies is an anti-semite but i guess some folks feel holier than thou in calling others by that name

Posted by: herbert-de-turbot | December 17, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a disgrace to the human race.
If McCain has got Lieberman's endorsement,
then that is a kiss of death. "Independent"
is how Lieberman spells TURNCOAT

Posted by: alzach | December 16, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

2004 Zen Miller, 2008 Joe Lieberman. It seems that there is a disease in the democratic party and is called double crossing the isle.

Posted by: bohite | December 16, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Question: what are Connecticut's rules for the Recall of public officials, such as Senator Lieberman?

The election was kind of a mess last year, what with Lieberman losing the Democratic primary and then running in a climate of disrupted and Bush-wary Republicans and fractured Democrats -- maybe a lot of the Connecticut voters reasoned, "well, with all of this disruption, let's go with the experienced guy and hope for the best."

Now that Connecticut voters have seen this nutball swing back and forth on this and that for past year -- his only consistency has been to vote 100% pro-Israel and even run about agitating to preemptively attack Iran -- maybe many have second thoughts, and are dismayed by prospects of another 5 years of having Lieberman represent them?

Is there some process by which the voters of Connecticut can put Recall of Senator Lieberman on next year's November ballot?

If so, is there any move afoot on this?

Posted by: ithejury | December 16, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Beware of Lieberman McCain!

You don't know how tortuous the SOB can be.

He'll use you the way Leaky Dicky does the Moron in Chief.

If elected, he'll surround you with his neo con buddies ( AIPAC, AEI, etc) and send you cheney yourself.

Posted by: boubker3 | December 16, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr Lieberman is no more a repub than I am a liberal dem !! LOL -- The scary thing is the outlandish and nasty comments that I read here. Especially from posters who seem to be reasonably intelligent, but I'm sure are the first to call Bush names !!! LOL The REAL scary thing - is if you people vote in another dem , is that I and others may not be here to tell you after a another terrorist attack - I told you so!! If there is another one - I'm afraid it may be nuclear.. Now that's scary you ..... .....

Please wake up folks - like you don't think Lieberman knows what's going on in the world. They would NEVER let Obama or Hillary know - nor would they understand.. Thanks.. Please think JUST a little bit before you vote.

Posted by: katahdin11 | December 16, 2007 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Who knew the McCain campaign even had thirty pieces of silver?

Posted by: eeitreim | December 16, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I hate that Lieberman endorsed McCain, but damn...why must everything negative about Lieberman be about Jews and Israel and AIPAC? Why can't you just accept that Lieberman is not a good Democrat?

Posted by: hlef | December 16, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

kapny - respectfully - if you think what you quoted is "anti-semitic vitriol" you've led an extremely sheltered life.

Posted by: jhbyer | December 16, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

What a great day for McCain (or is it McAbel?) And heck, I'm sure Ariel Sharon supports him, too. With two brain-dead zeros like Lieberman and Sharon on your side, what else do ya' need?

Posted by: LucyLou1 | December 16, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

"But the real reason Lieberman is endorsing McCain is because he believes that John is the best candidate on issues of national security and the candidate most prepared to fight war against radical Islamic extremists."....Wait a second here. John McCain is the most pro-Israeli and anti-Muslim candidate. Isn't the good Senator from Connecticut an Orthodox KKKristian? No, he is a Conservative _____.

Posted by: egalitaire | December 16, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, I was sure wrong. I supported Lieberman throughout all of these past three years. I even donated to his campaign when he was struggling against Lamont.

I'm done with you Senator Lieberman. I wrote you an email, I will call your office tomorrow, but I wanted to post here as well.

On a separate note, for all those fools taking shots at Senator Lieberman for his religion, get out of my party as well.

Go Barack!

Posted by: GoHuskies2004 | December 16, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

This link is for those who want to know more about Ron Paul. It is his official website and so it won't present a balanced picture but it will tell you enough to know whether you want to get a balanced picture.

Posted by: anpadh | December 16, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I see the anti-Semitic "progressives" are out tonight.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 16, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Everyone let's vote for McCain! Lieberman endorses him and that just makes it all the better!

Posted by: kogejoe | December 16, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't a man with the courage of his convictions identify himself with the party of his principles? Mr Lieberman's agreements with the Republicans go beyond Iraq, and he should be proud to "caucus" with the Republicans instead of the Senate Democrats. And speaking of principles, if theSenate Dems had any, would they allow Mr Lieberman to 'caucus' with them? An independent, is he? Nonsense!

Posted by: Socrates2 | December 16, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

As a New Hampshire independent voter who supported McCain in 2000, I think that given Libermann's currency in New Hampshire will cause McCain support to jump form 12% to 12.1%

Posted by: justice | December 16, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a neo conservative in ideology, I doubt many Democrats really wanted an endorsement from him, it could prove to have a negative impact.

Posted by: gonefishin | December 16, 2007 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is the only Democrat with balls.

On 2nd thought, Hillary has a hairy pair as well.

Posted by: HankTheCat | December 16, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't see where this is unexpected... Lieberman is a pansy and a turncoat to his party who knew the only way to stay in Congress was to switch parties but he knew that he would not win in the GOP so he chose the (I)... I really don't think anyone will follow his lead and if any do, good for them. There was a time win I liked McCain, not as a politician but as a man who would say the truth, but now he knows that his time is running out and he's starting to "reach", and the way he folded when Bush went after his military status... yeah, he can have Lieberman and anyone how follows him.

Posted by: 82AllAmericans | December 16, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I used to live in New York and New Jersey from 1946-1951, and from 1958-1963, and visited Connecticut many times. I always found the people that lived there to be well educated and well off financially. It amazed me when they voted Mr. Lieberman as their senator and was shocked when they voted him as an independent. I never thought that Connecticut will become such a regressive state.

Posted by: kyprios928 | December 16, 2007 10:16 PM | Report abuse

To think that millions of Democratic voters came out to vote for this snake in the 2000 election. Americans hate disloyalty and this man is a shameless suck-up. Every since he French kissed George Bush on national television during the State of the Union address it was clear that this man lacked any moral compass. This man is a Zell Miller with a vote which makes him all the more dangerous. I blame Connecticut.

Posted by: Dessalines | December 16, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

WHat a shame connecticut voters fell for lieberman's sham once again.. it was not only the supreme court and florida underhanded ways that handed the 200 election to bush but liberman's appaling debate with cheney where cheney kicked his butt in that 200 vp debate.. he is a loser and i say good riddance to him in 2009 ler him become a repub once the dems get a fillerbuster proof majority .. lieberman is a loser with a capital L

Posted by: delgirl27 | December 16, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Good. I can't wait until Lieberman and Bush join McCain on the campaign trail.
Just remember Vote! White! Wealthy! Warmongers!

Posted by: randaldavis | December 16, 2007 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Lieber lost his way years ago when he confused which country he was suppose to guide and protect.

Posted by: quavaduff | December 16, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

It's VERY embarrassing that Lieberman is my U.S. Senator. When the Dems pick up more Senate seats, Lieberman will probably lose his committee chairmanships and be even more useless than he already is.

Posted by: benjiwitz | December 16, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

joe liberman is a buttlicking sychophant of the Israeli lobby. Got it??

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain, with Lieberman's endorsement, is just another way to go to War With Iran.

Another war that we don't need, or want.

Posted by: buzzm1 | December 16, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"They are both honorable men. I disagree with both of them weekly, but I do not doubt that they speak what they believe."

Especially Hillary, right??

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

While I would love to kick Lieberman's butt out of the party tomorrow morning, that is not going to happen. Congress is pretty much useless for the next 12 months.

However, Inauguration Day 2009 - its housekeeping time - kick him out of the Democratic party and strip him of his committee assignments. Those are for Democrats, not Lieberman.

Good riddance.

Posted by: skisb | December 16, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Clinton fueled these lingering doubts in November 1999 when she kissed Yasser Arafat's wife, Suha, immediately after Mrs. Arafat delivered a speech accusing Israel of murdering Arab children -- with poison gas..."

"Mrs. Clinton sparked further questions when she claimed that she asked President Clinton to veto an anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations Security Council on October 7. The U.S. abstained instead. But did she really urge that veto, or simply concoct that story afterward to limit the damage to her candidacy after the abstention drew fire?"--"

DAMN!!! Maybe I should be backing Hillary after all!!!

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, I have learned to have little respect for the behavior of Congress and its membership. Joe Lieberman is an exception. I'm a conservative and I admire his independent judgment and strength of character. If he were running for president, he would have my vote! He would also be, unequivocally, be the most qualified choice among all contenders.

Posted by: colwellj | December 16, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

They are both honorable men. I disagree with both of them weekly, but I do not doubt that they speak what they believe.

Posted by: rmiller3 | December 16, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

It is well beyond me how my Democratic party could have run such a person for vice president. We have made some whoppers but this one takes the prize. I am waiting for the time when he no longer has the power to sink the Democratic control of the Senate. He should then be the very model of back bencher with no one needing his vote and no committee assignments unless the Republicans throw this dog a bone. Regards, Carl W. Lundquist, JD, Colonel, Army of the United States, (Retired).......Boston

Posted by: cwlund | December 16, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"Who is Ron Paul?"

I'm not sure. Wasn't he [she??] the black cross-dresser with the red and blue hair? Ru Paul, right??

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

And I hasten to add that I am NOT anti-Semitic! One may detest Sharon and Israel without disliking Jewish people in general, in rather the same way it is possible to despise National Socialism and still admire Germany.

Posted by: drankland | December 16, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is neither Republican nor Democrat nor anything else American. He is Pro-Israel. As simple as that. He supports such candidate which is most pro-Israel in his opinion.

Apparently, McCain needed his support. Why do you think McCain came up with that Hitler comparison in his foreign policy clash with Ron Paul?

I believe that he wanted to show the American Jewry and Israel how much he is in favor of supporting Israel in their desire to finally get rid of Achmadinejad regardless of the number of Iranians who might die as collateral damages in the course.

He seems to believe that this might help him to generate more funds fro his campaign.

He also seems to believe that the majority of Americans would like to wage another war with the purpose to destroy Israel's enemies, no matter how much more America might be hated for that by the rest of the world.

It seems, McCain is just a selfish guy who gives a dam about his country.

Posted by: g.trieb | December 16, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Remember Billy Carter and how he was forced to register as an agent of Libya? Holy Joe is even worse -- a bought and paid for Israeli apologist.

Truly sickening. It's amazing. I've always loathed Pat Buchanan, but he is SO RIGHT about the Israelites and their designs on our country.

Posted by: drankland | December 16, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

If this doesn't kill McCains chances nothing will!

Posted by: downhill240 | December 16, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Liebernam should have to declare himself an agent for a foreign government. His "declaring himself an Independent Democrat" mocks the whole system.
I have said in the past and I now iterate.
The democrats made a big mistake when they gave him any positions in the Senate. They should have put his office in the basement. Further I saw their gaff as a message of, We'll just go along to get along. More Tripe out of DC.

Posted by: downhill240 | December 16, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Who is Ron Paul?

Posted by: cappcharlie | December 16, 2007 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Hillary and the Jewish vote--the following noted from her New York senate race in 2000--

"Mrs. Clinton fueled these lingering doubts in November 1999 when she kissed Yasser Arafat's wife, Suha, immediately after Mrs. Arafat delivered a speech accusing Israel of murdering Arab children -- with poison gas..."

"Mrs. Clinton sparked further questions when she claimed that she asked President Clinton to veto an anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations Security Council on October 7. The U.S. abstained instead. But did she really urge that veto, or simply concoct that story afterward to limit the damage to her candidacy after the abstention drew fire?"--

there's (11/2/00)

Posted by: reconpresseusa | December 16, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

His COMING OUT FOR mCcAIN IS BECAUSE HE FEELS THAT THE WAR IN iRAQ WILL HELP ISRAEL. Lieberman's loyalty to the Democratic party is secondary to what he believes is important to Israel.

Posted by: lemondrop1 | December 16, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is Bush's favorite ankle-grabber!

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"Expect the next round of NH polls to show McCain closing fast."

Any day now, he'll hit ten percent!!!

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr Chris, could you supply the evidence that the repulsive Lieberman has the love of "moderate and unaligned voters"? And also this: is that Two categories or are is it one, those who are both moderate and unaligned? You can do better than this, Mr Chris.

OH, and let me thank the citizens of Connecticut for electing this despicable person.

Posted by: freddiano | December 16, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

You all should understand: the pro-Israeli vote is really a lot [and I mean A LOT!!!] less important than the pro-American vote. Israel is a foreign country. Period. End of discussion.

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Ew - a marriage made in Jerusalem.

Posted by: mellowyellow | December 16, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal Democrat, who wishes that Senator Lieberman had endorsed a Democrat, I am absolutely appalled by some of the anti-Semitic vitriol posted on this respected message board.

"He's just a Liebermanocrat,voting his religion"?

"Joe Lieberman is EEUU citizen or he is Israel citizen and american zionist?"

I'm sure that many of you posting these messages would probably call yourselves liberals. Shame on you for adopting tactics and rhetoric that could easily be confused with the Ku Klux Klan.


Posted by: kapny | December 16, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

"Regardless of what happened, I thought I owed it to them to explain my proposal." (

Did he explain it? We're all waiting to hear. Well, not really....

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

"(Bill) Clinton (from his book)-- who received 80 percent of the Jewish vote in 1992 and 78 percent four years later -- praises the American Jewish community for its role in support of his peace efforts. "The American-Jewish community had been very good to me," he writes, explaining his decision to unveil the details of his peace plan at an Israel Policy Forum dinner in early 2001, when he had barely two weeks left in office. "Regardless of what happened, I thought I owed it to them to explain my proposal." (

Posted by: reconpresseusa | December 16, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

One loser embracing another loser.

Posted by: tucanofulano | December 16, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Once upon a time I thought Lieberman was a democrat. Well I was wrong. He was not a Democrat, and he's not a Republican either. He's just a Liebermanocrat,voting his religion, bankrolled by Corporate interests, interested in power. And he looks silly in a flak jacket and helmut when he makes his regular trips to Iraq. Why do politicians like to wear costumes like flight suits and steel hemuts?

Posted by: zaney | December 16, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Once again Senator Liberman proves he is a
man of character and distinction. He is not a dreamer and pacifist as are most Democrats.

Posted by: edabbott | December 16, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman does as AIPAC orders; that's how he got elected, that's how he hopes to get reelected. No mystery here, go to any beltway party at which AIPAC is prominently represented (or the American Enterprise Institute/AIPAC) and you will see Joe sitting at one of the tables.

Posted by: wmboyd | December 16, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Both Lieberman and McCain are traitors to this country. I'm sorry McCain had a bad time in N. Vietnam, but his attempts to gain credibility by hyping up his military "patriotism" are disgusting. Lieberman has been bought and sold a hundred times - why are they still putting a D next to his name? He's just another republican criminal.

Posted by: lip111 | December 16, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

the connecticut voters made a mistake by re-electing him. he's a neocon hawk and an idiot. his endorsement should inure to the benefits of democrats and will probably not help mccain at all.

Posted by: e9999999 | December 16, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Funny headline. Lieberman to "cross aisle". That will be a short walk.

Posted by: xcrunner771 | December 16, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Bend over and grab your ankles, Joe!!

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I SMELL A RAT!!!!!!!

Posted by: mjorbach1 | December 16, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman finally woke up and realized that there is nothing in the Democrat party except a major expansion of more wasteful and ripe for fraudulent government programs and more hidden earmarks and much higher taxes and empty suite or worthless candidates.

Posted by: ekim53 | December 16, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

America needs more Democrats like Joe. Their party is overrun with defeatocrats and Blame America First lunatics.

Posted by: bryan2369 | December 16, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Do Lieberman is EEUU citizen or he is Israel citizen and american sionist?
He lie to Connecticut voters once and he will lie again once and once and once.. like a Bush's echo

Posted by: iece | December 16, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

People can trash Lieberman, but this endorsement gives McCain more momentum. Just today, McCain received the Boston Globe, the Portsmouth paper, to go with the Union Leader. Already buzzing, tomorrow gives the impression that McCain is on a roll. Expect the next round of NH polls to show McCain closing fast.

Posted by: steve_valeriote23 | December 16, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Although he's now technically an Independent, Lieberman never was a real Democrat even when he was a Democrat. He's totally in AIPAC's pocket anyway. He'll never be anything higher than a well-funded shill of a senator.

Oh, but be careful if you criticize Joe or AIPAC; the ADL will label you an anti-semite!

Posted by: gce1356 | December 16, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I dont think this will help Mccain much and could be the kiss of death as for his chance to win because even independents and republicans knows how sneaky two faced lieberman is.

Posted by: smorrow | December 16, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman delivers the coup de grace to the double talk express.

Posted by: slim2 | December 16, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr Cilliza,

You write this: "While Lieberman has grown less and less popular within Democratic ranks, he remains a respected figure among moderate and unaligned voters."

Trust me; it is not immoderate to have lost respect for Joe Lieberman.

Posted by: dsk61 | December 16, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is simply doing what he and AIPAC believe is right.

Posted by: pali2500 | December 16, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

So did McCain have to promise to fight more wars for Israel in return for the support of the Senator ?

Posted by: smallcage | December 16, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait till the Dems get 5 to 9 new Senate seats in Nov. Joe will be in the wilderness for the rest of this, his last term!

Posted by: pablo1 | December 16, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"...he remains a respected figure among moderates." Chris, are you sure this is still true? Since Lieberman was reelected, the percentage who think Iraq was a mistake from day one has gone way up, presumably because moderates have joined the left, at least on a very big issue. Will his endorsement suggest to Republicans that McCain is more electable? No idea is too screwy for the GOP base.

Posted by: jhbyer | December 16, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats pick up a few more seats the first thing they should do is dropkick this chinless fart out of the Senate and into the Potomac River....let him swim in there and hobnob with the water rats he should be very comfortable being around...

Posted by: Jerryvov | December 16, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

No matter what pink-faced joe says, this is obviously another little f u to the Dem party bosses who bailed on him.

Cry-baby joe should just get it over with and switch parties. They're the ones who funded his senate re-election anyway, aren't they?

Posted by: binkynh | December 16, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

as a fellow jew i am disgusted by this man who votes for policies based on his religious beliefs and ties to other countries rather than what is good for america. 5 wonder what would happen if an hispanic member of congress voted and supported immigration policies because they were good for mexico and mexicans

Posted by: fixbone | December 16, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you describe Lieberman as being "unbowed" after his primary defeat to Ned Lamont. I would put it another way: Bankrolled by huge campaign contributions from Bush supporters around the country, Lieberman ran as an independent in the general election and misled Connecticut voters by suggesting that he would support a new direction in Iraq and bring American troops home. No sooner was he re-elected to the Senate than he switched back to being an uncritical cheerleader for Bush's war policies. If Senator Lieberman endorses John McCain for President it would be a sign that Senator Lieberman's obsession with terrorism has trumped everything else - his world view seems quite unbalanced at this point. What about all of the progressive causes that Sen. Lieberman has supported throughout his career in public service? Sen. McCain is on the other side of so many of them.

Posted by: nancyellen879 | December 16, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman ran perrenially last in the 2004 Democratic primary. Is it any wonder this Republican in a Democratic suit would endorse McCain? Does it matter to anyone except the twits who would support either? I don't think so. Vote for Obama and change the world. Change the US from being a trerograde nation in the world.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | December 16, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Two War mongers! They fit perfectly together.

Posted by: lumi21us | December 16, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

AMNESTY-JOHN McCain's endorsement by Lieberman and by the left-wing Des Moines Register only shows that he is as close to being a Democrat as any Republican can be.

So, why would ANY Republican vote to nominate him for president?

Posted by: ImpeachNOW | December 16, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't lieberman just become a republican? Thank God this guy never became vice president.

Posted by: lumi21us | December 16, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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