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'Independent' Lieberman to Eat Lunch Alone

By Ben Pershing
Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman's (Conn.) increasingly likely divorce from the Senate Democratic caucus isn't finalized yet, but the two sides do appear to be separating.

Lieberman, who had previously agreed not to attend party meetings where Iraq War strategy was discussed, will now not attend any of the Democrats' weekly caucus lunches or the biweekly lunches of committee chairmen. The Hill today quoted Lieberman confirming that he would voluntarily skip the gatherings. "I think it's probably wise for me and for my colleagues in the Democratic caucus to dine somewhere else for the next few weeks," he told the paper.

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Actually Lie-berman, do us all a favor and kill yourself, you lousy traitor! Go have lunch in hell with all your Republican buddies.

Posted by: Alex | September 10, 2008 12:34 PM

Joe...No...Traitor....BE GONE!!!

Posted by: Al | September 10, 2008 3:30 AM

lol ya dana, cus there are no private jets, and theres not one woman in the history of time who has ever hidden a pregnancy taken it to term and succesfully disposed of teh baby.

as for democrats and thier high and mighty IQ concept, the greatest men of our history have had lesser iqs than the average democrat.

might it be that a democrat sees a down syndrome child as a worthless form of human life that keeps teh average democrats iq up?

Posted by: dale | September 10, 2008 12:22 AM


Way to Deliver the Independents Joe!- The White House Dining Room Serves Lunch Daily:

"September 9, 2008
McCain Now Winning Majority of IndependentsMajority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%USA Democrats Election 2008 Government and Politics Republicans Americas Northern America by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.

By contrast, Democrats' support for McCain rose 5 percentage points over the GOP convention period, from 9% to 14%, while Republicans' already-high support stayed about the same.

The surge in political independents who favor McCain for president marks the first time since Gallup began tracking voters' general-election preferences in March that a majority of independents have sided with either of the two major-party candidates. Prior to now, McCain had received no better than 48% of the independent vote and Obama no better than 46%, making the race for the political middle highly competitive."

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 11:50 PM

At least we know, he doesn't eat pork or promote pork! Go Joe, GO!!!!!! Let your team know to register their bops at http://www.boppoll.com. Things are heating up!

Posted by: Kosher Politics | September 9, 2008 10:17 PM

Were he still alive today, Judas Iscariot would not be going to lunch with the people he sold out. In fact, Judas would have taken a rope and headed to the nearest tree with a firm branch. He would have continually watched his back. He wouldn't dare go into the men's room while someone was in there or unaccompanied. Besides, Judas would have found it necessary to hire a permanent, full-time food taster. Why not?

Posted by: John Paul Telhomme | September 9, 2008 9:34 PM

Wow martha with that IQ of yours you could be a repub VP candidate. Just think you could be trading your trailer in for a house in Washington.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 9:11 PM

Liberman is smart guy and he has lot more good american patriots to have lunch with.

We now know that Obama had lunch with terrorists Ayers and Dhorn.

Obama lunch with his "uncle" radical pastor wright.

Wright slept with a white women blaming wites infornt of blacks?

Obama lunch with convicted criminal Rezko

Obama lunch with fraud mayor Kilpatrick

Obama lunch with Islam farrakhan stands out

Obama lunch with biggest racist Sharpton and Jackson.

Posted by: martha | September 9, 2008 8:04 PM

My wife was a physical trainer, was running several miles a day with a police recruit class, as well as calisthenics into her 5th month. The recruits she was training never suspected she was pregnant until she made her announcement. Every women is different, some are obviously pregnant, others might not show as much. I don’t think you can put to much weight into those pictures. From what I have read she likes to run and exercise, she might just not have been obvious.

Posted by: Ray | September 9, 2008 7:54 PM

Hey Lieberman... Don't let the door hit you in the ass.

Posted by: pekopper | September 9, 2008 7:47 PM

I dislike false rumors as much as anyone, but can a member of the press please confirm why Sara Plain is not at least 7 months pregnant in this public, unaltered Governors photo taken with President Bush in February 2008? Her baby was supposedly born on April 18, 2008.

http://www.subnet.nga.org/centennial/2008Meeting.htm from Feb, 2008 (click text link "View Larger Photo")

This photo is from March 14th 2008, where she clearly is not 7 months pregnant:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

Finally, she is also on the cover of December issue of Vogue which was taken December 12, 2007. She should have been 4-5 months preganant. Clearly shes not.

Reportedly, her water broke the day before or hours before she gave birth in Texas and flew 8 hour to Alaska in labor? Would a doctor/the airline allow this?

Why did she supposedly announce she was pregnant after 7 months?

There are claims she didn't look pregnant from public video interviews about the annoucement.

Why are there no photos/evidence supporting this?

Something isn't adding up?

Posted by: Dana | September 9, 2008 7:39 PM

So, do you recall the scene in The Godfather when Clemenza asks Tessio, "What's with all the new faces?" and Abe responds, "we're gonna need all we can get, Sonny just hit Bruno Tattaglia"...well, Obama's gonna need all the money he can raise, Joe Biden's at it again- today fresh from his false drunk driver claim, he tried to tell family's with disabled children that McCain was against stem cell research- I guess he had Palin on his mind, everyone else in this country does- she's against embryonic stem cell research- McCain isn't. His position for embryonic stem cell research is one real distinction between McCain and Bush and is one reason the far Right was lukewarm on his candidacy.....Come on Joe, keep it up- we want at least 4 more gaffes before the debate! MCain is nearly tied with Obama with women voters and leads with white women voters as of today, but Joe can really put us over the top when we pull out the Anita Hill hearings....remember? Call Clemenza!

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 7:39 PM

John McCain is a sell-out and exposed he is just a typical Republican politician by picking Palin. He picked her to appease his base and poach Hillary votes. While maybe being a fine public servant, she wasn’t the best or most qualified, it’s because he knew she would be popular. How is that being a "maverick"? I’ll say it again John McCain is a sell-out.

The most important metric for picking a VP is they are ready to step in from day one. His judgment is reckless and he gambled at our expense. The mere fact Palin is being taught foreign policy is fact she wasn’t prepared on day one.

I lost all my respect for John McCain. He's not the hero today he was 35 years ago. McCain is nothing without Palin.

What does it say about a campaign that has to "mimic" what and who Obama is, not to mention hijack Obama’s core message of Change from day one just to poach votes? Is that all they view Obama as, a "product" a "formula", a “personality”? I makes McCain look weak.

Now all these puppets are willing to just get behind her without even knowing anything about her and try to convince the American public she is prepared to be VP or President while they gave Obama hell for 20 months straight? Not even uncertain objectiveness, caution, pause or question just because she has an "R" in front of her name? How can anyone make a clear determination reasonably in less than 60 days?

Bravo America! We look like complete idiots once again while the world watches. I am truly embarrassed of my country. I guess all isn’t lost, at least many will have Palin’s eye glass frames while our country crumbles economically. We are such tools.

British Prime Minister Backs Obama
http://waugh.standard.co.uk/2008/09/brown-backs-oba.html

World wants Obama
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/09/2360240.htm?section=world

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 7:37 PM

I am always amazed to read some of these posts. How many people take other sources of information to be true, only to find out they were misled? We all need to seek the truth, not just follow what you hear, or read. Lieberman does not drink the kool-aid, he has his own backbone. That is why the party liberals did not support him, however the citizens of CT believe in him, and that's what counts. I applaud anyone who stands up for what they believe. Liberal or conservative. It is tough. I wonder how many of us would write the things that are in this post if we were not hidden behind a firewall, be civil? Have your own thoughts and don't be someone's bitter chump.

Posted by: Don't be a Chump | September 9, 2008 7:03 PM

Too bad that Palin cabceled the bridge in Alaska, now Lieberman has really had all bridges "burned" behind. But Nov. will put an end to his Arron Burr, actions. Traitor!!

Posted by: Bob Irving | September 9, 2008 6:56 PM

Lieberman will soon be leaving the Senate anyway, John McCain will likely put him in his cabinet, either at State or Defense.

In the meantime, Lieberman's chief financial backer, Mayor Bloomberg, will probably pick up Joe's lunch tab.

Joe Lieberman is always welcome to dine at the AIPAC cafeteria.

Joe won't go hungry.

Posted by: new_york_loner | September 9, 2008 6:22 PM

Republicans is so stupid...

Posted by: Yosemite Sam | September 9, 2008 6:13 PM

Also, George, it's "similar," not "simular." (I know, I know, you were confused because you thought that the rule governing the spelling of "nucular" applied here as well....)

Posted by: Georgie | September 9, 2008 6:13 PM

You cannot have a productive debate with George, all he wants to do is shout people down and try to intimidate people who have veiws that are different than his. Being an anti-intellectual neocon, he also wants to misspell "views."

Very simular tactics that Fascist and Know-Nothing parties use, find someone to blame and intimidate everyone that doesn't agree with you.

Lieberman whined and whined about the tolerant Democrats in the last election... it's a wonder they have not yet thrown him out of the party.

You can't trust Lieberman, especially since he has been on board for the dismantling of our country over the past eight years!

Posted by: Georgie | September 9, 2008 6:10 PM

Who, indeed, is the real JakeD, and who the fake? Obviously, my other half is embarrassed by my deep and abiding man-love for John McCain... well, I DARE speak its name. John and I have named it "Lubricious Thrusting," and we plan to hold a shower welcoming it to the world. And you're all invited! Please dress as gay elephants, and bring all your B+D accessories, especially those which are edible.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM

Who, indeed, is the real JakeD, and who the fake? Obviously, my other half is embarrassed by my deep and abiding man-love for John McCain... well, I DARE speak its name. John and I have named it "Lubricious Thrusting," and we plan to hold a shower welcoming it to the world. And you're all invited! Please dress as gay elephants, and bring all your B+D accessories, especially those which are edible.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM

You cannot have a productive debate with the Democrats, all they want to do is shout people down and try to intimidate people who have veiws that are different
than theirs. Very simular tactics that Communist and Socialist parties use, find someone to blame and intimidate everyone that doesn't agree with you.

Lieberman spoke out against the Democrats in the last election, they threw him out of the party and funded someone to run against him in his home District. That individual won the primary but lost the National Election when Lieberman ran as an Independant.

You can't trust a Democrat!

Posted by: George | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM

The Democrats always talk about their big tent and how everyone is welcome. However, it sounds like you can only actually be in or under the tent if you tow the party line and agree to have no independent thoughts.

(ed. note: One TOES the party line, as in stands on it, implying "line up and be counted as a supporter." Friendly advice - if one were to attempt to TOW the party line, esp. the GOP party line, one might pull a muscle or two attempting to keep the racists, millenarians, and corporate tycoons all dragging the county in the same unfortunate direction. Also, the images involved when you distinguish being either "in" or "under" a tent are confusing to say the least, and evoke the picture of a series of clowns dressed as mentally-challenged elephants wrestling with and ultimately ripping flimsy cloth with metal poles attached.... on second thought, perhaps an appropriate metaphor for the GOP and their level of competence or lack thereof.)

Lieberman has morales, ethics and the welfare of our country at heart,its a shame the Democrats don't!

(Oy! Joe L. is meshuggeneh and a putz.)

Posted by: editorial services | September 9, 2008 5:56 PM

Republicans do not put their country first and cannot take part in productive debate. It is always party, fossil fuel industry, the NRA, the Christian right, and just whitey in general first while they sell out the country! Sickening!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:47 PM

Obviously, that was the fake JakeD at 5:39 PM.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 5:47 PM

The only thing that Lieberman votes with the Republicans on is Iraq. Other than that - and his man love for Mr Magoo - he's a democrat.

If the blacks come out in Mississippi, Georgia, and No Cackalacy, and the young kids come out in Minn, we're looking at 60 votes to pass: econ stimulus for the middle class, health care and education reform, and tex cuts for energy independence initiatives.

And we won't have to horse-trade and load the legislation with pork in order to get it done...

60 dem votes will make change a lot easier. And more efficient.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 9, 2008 5:46 PM

Who the hell am I anyway? I was once the VP nominee for the good guys, but now my dorky show-my-toughness-by-putting-U.S.-troops-needlessly-in-harm's-way-self is constantly engaged in supporting a candidate who thinks it's 1953... him and his Stepford $lut candidate. (voice cracks embarrassingly) L'chaim! (fart) Oy! How embarassing!

Posted by: Joe Lieberman | September 9, 2008 5:45 PM

Suck it up conservatives and give some of your mattress money to the poor.

Posted by: win55 | September 9, 2008 5:41 PM

I secretly burn for Laura Bush's pudgy post-menopausal bod...

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 5:39 PM

The Democrats always talk about their big tent and how everyone is welcome. However, it sounds like you can only actually be in or under the tent if you tow the party line and agree to have no independent thoughts.

Lieberman has morales, ethics and the welfare of our country at heart,its a shame the Democrats don't!

Posted by: Ray | September 9, 2008 5:39 PM

The liberal continued dems attacks and the comments above illustrate what Joe L. said at the convention...Democrats do not put their country first and can not take part in productive debate. It is always party first while they sell out the country! Sickening!!!!

Posted by: mel | September 9, 2008 5:37 PM

Moderation is strength. Those who are directed by ideology, are suppressing their own conscience. Partisanship is antithetical to true democracy. Lieberman is one of the few in Washington who understands this. McCain is another.

Posted by: Kent | September 9, 2008 5:36 PM

Remember how GW got rid of Dan Rather/CBS Keith Olbermann from MSNBC is next ... Muzzle the Liberals

Posted by: Go McCain | September 9, 2008 5:35 PM

Look at this from the other perspective. What if this was 4 years ago, and it was McCain instead of Lieberman; would the Republicans be any less forgiving?

Posted by: RonG | September 9, 2008 5:31 PM

Judas to Christians is Lieberman to Democrats.

Posted by: larry | September 9, 2008 5:30 PM

You know once the Dems get control Lieberman will be the first to go. This guy is just a pain in everyone's butt.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 5:29 PM

Olberman is out too, as the tide is turning to more responsible middle of the road journalism- Gregory- but HE won't be dining at the White House...

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 5:27 PM

I'm sure Joe won't mind brown bagging it for a few months until he'll be dining daily at the White House!

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 5:26 PM

Lieberman is hoping for a McCain victory and position as Secretary of State because this is his last chance.

Once Obama wins, Lieberman is out.

It would be best for Lieberman to serve out his term and quit because there will be no room for him in an Obama administration or a Hillary senate or Nancy House.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 9, 2008 5:25 PM

"If Reid comes up one vote short of a filibuster majority, he's going to regret treating Lieberman like this."

Really? I thought the great independent thinker voted his conscience not on who invited him to lunch.

Posted by: Steve | September 9, 2008 5:12 PM

I feel sorry for Lieberman. This sort of shows how childish and unable democrats are when it comes to bipartisanship. If they can't even cross over to work with Lieberman who's a centrist, how are they even able to work with the Right? Lieberman has gotten the shaft from his party, but we think people like Lieberman and McCain(who really isn't a righty) are the engine behind America that can propel us forward. Lieberman, you Rock!! Anyways, Dems aren't Kosher!!They are like sooo treyf!!

Posted by: ItoldUdemsCan'tcooperate | September 9, 2008 5:10 PM

I am always amazed how my republican friends can spin a mundane story into hate mongering SPIN SPIN SPIN ... This ahs nothing to do with Harry Reid ... It is Joe's thoughtful decision.

Posted by: GW | September 9, 2008 5:05 PM

Bye Bye Joe...don't let the door hit you when you leave.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 4:48 PM

Officially, the Senate lists Lieberman as "Independent-Democratic". If Reid comes up one vote short of a filibuster majority, he's going to regret treating Lieberman like this.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 4:45 PM

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