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Lieberman Contributed to GOP Senate, House Candidates

Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) support of John McCain's presidential campaign was well known. His contribution to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) was not. (By Melina Mara -- The Washington Post Photo)

By Paul Kane

Here's a story of the Thanksgiving spirit, forgiving and forgetting senatorial style.

When Democrats gathered last week to decide the fate of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), a pair of senators-elect, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, stepped up to offer symbolically important speeches.

Having ridden the wave of support for President-elect Barack Obama, Udall and Merkley spoke out in favor of the spirit of reconciliation and moving on from the campaign, in which Lieberman was one of the highest profile supporters of the Republican presidential ticket.

But no one in the room knew, as Merkley spoke, that Lieberman had supported Merkley's opponent, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). Lieberman, through his Reuniting Our Country PAC, gave Smith's reelection bid $5,000 on Oct. 10, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Lieberman's support of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the presidency was well known, punctuated by his nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul criticizing Obama as not prepared to be president. His endorsement of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has served as the top Republican beside him at the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also was well known in Democratic circles.

But not even Merkley knew of Lieberman's backing of Smith in their critical Senate race, until Capitol Briefing alerted his staff today.

"We were surprised to hear this news, but it's time to put the election behind us. Jeff Merkley is looking forward to working with all his new colleagues on an agenda that will put our nation back on track," said Julie Edwards, spokeswoman for Merkley.

Lieberman's support of Smith came the same weekend he wrote an op-ed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press defending Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) for his work as chairman of an investigative subcommittee on Lieberman's homeland security committee. The same day he wrote a check to Smith, Lieberman's ROC PAC gave $5,000 to Rep. Peter King, the Long Island Republican. In radio and TV appearances the final days of the campaign, Lieberman also frequently said that a Democratic majority of 60 votes, a filibuster-proof level, would be a bad thing.

Lieberman's $5,000 check was clearly not a difference maker for Smith, as Merkley still won by more than 50,000 votes. And Coleman is clinging to a razor-thin lead during a recount of his race against Democrat Al Franken.

But the internal Democratic caucus debate over Lieberman's fate almost always focused on Lieberman's criticism of Obama, not on his support of Republicans in Senate races. Edwards, Merkley's spokeswoman, has said that Merkley also expressed how much Lieberman's actions in the presidential race angered him. He did not encourage other Democrats to vote one way or the other, but did talk about moving on from the bitter fights of the campaign.

Then, on a 42-13 vote, Democrats supported keeping Lieberman as chairman of the committee with broad oversight of the Obama administration and removing him from the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Lieberman's office acknowledged his donation to Smith, but noted that he worked hard for other Democrats as well. "While the Senator's political action committee donated to a very few Republicans, the Senator's pacs donated and raised over a half million dollars for wide range of Democratic candidates and organizations in this past election cycle," Marshall Wittmann, his spokesman, said.

By Paul Volpe  |  November 26, 2008; 2:20 PM ET
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We know who Joe Leiberman is. It is not pretty. We have to deal with him from time to time, but he is under a life sentence 24/7.

Posted by: | November 26, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear "samkaplan" -- You are an idiot.

Posted by: Craig_Colgan | November 26, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This man is a steaming pile.

He should have been stripped on any role with the D party. None of us who worked so hard to defeat the Bush Cheney McSame Haliburton Oil War party of bigots and Sarah Palin kooks can understand why this tool is allowed to pose with the Democrats.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think it's very shrewd of the Democrats to leave Lieberman where he is. They don't need to be vindictive. He's damaging himself very efficiently.

Posted by: Attucks | November 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

By the mid-term Congressional elections in 2010, we'll all know "where we stand" on then-President Obama's ability to marshall 60 votes in the Senate when he needs them ... and I suspect he will be able to do that with very little problem. After that determination is made, Lieberman will justifiably be TOAST ! He'll be stripped of all committee positions in January, 2011, and will have ZERO influence in the Senate when he has to run for re-election in 2012. What goes around does indeed -- finally -- come around !

Posted by: ripcord1965 | November 26, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"I think it's very shrewd of the Democrats to leave Lieberman where he is. They don't need to be vindictive. He's damaging himself very efficiently."

Actually, it's shrewd for another reason, as well. The old saw about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer is obviously in play here. Far better to have the guy on your side, where you can monitor his activities and control his influence. Why have him "over there," where no one except the Repubs will know what he's doing?

Very smart move.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

It's all emotional. He's still stinging from being rejected by the dems in '06. He's a politician, and politicians are driven by ego.

Posted by: semantic1 | November 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What a truly sad, awful man.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | November 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

As Lyndon Johnson once said of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover: "It's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in."

Posted by: cwh2 | November 26, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The moral of this story:
Lieberman backs losers.

Maybe he could go support Chambliss.

Posted by: edlharris | November 26, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

wtf....Say it ain't so Joe....while you have every right to do such things there are conseqences to every action.

I would like to see WHO these are:
"the Senator's pacs donated and raised over a half million dollars for wide range of Democratic candidates and organizations in this past election cycle," Marshall Wittmann, his spokesman, said.

Posted by: jumpingkokanee | November 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

As Lyndon Johnson once said of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover: "It's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in."

Posted by: cwh2 | November 26, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Of course he has to back Chambliss, after all, too much support for Obama's foreign policy, one that makes major departures from the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Lieberman program, "would be a bad thing."

Will he openly campaign for Chambliss, hand in hand with Sarah Palin? Or will he just give money.

Pissing on him as he moves outside is the way to go.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand how he could, in good conscience believe that John McCain is better on foreign policy issues---considering Liberman had to correct him on who is against us in Iraq---shiia or sunni. I would like our future president to be able to know who are enemies are to avoid bombing the wrong people. I also didn't like Lieberman's last campaing....the gist of it is as follows ---I'm a democrat, I'm a democrat in the primaries, I lost the democratic primaries, I am an independant in the general election, I am an independant democrat. I am still registered as a democrat. Let's face it, this power hungry jerk needs to get voted out the next time he is up for re-election.

Posted by: cgallaway2000 | November 26, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It is acutely evident from reading these posts that President-elect Obama is going to have a very difficult time in his 'uniting and healing' of America with the venom being espoused on these pages.

It has been this 'one party' mentality that has gotten this nation into the partisan mess we find ourselves. What in the world is so wrong about a man who sees values in the ideas and positions of others?

From what I can recall of his history he acted as a Dem for years with his party thinking enough of him to nominate him to be vice-president. Because he didn't follow the 'party line' to the degree that he was supposed to they drummed him out and he ran as an Independent in Conn and was re-elected. The people of Conn didn't disown him, just the party.

I appauld him for having the intestinal fortitude to wish to work with his adversaries and I am a 76 year old New Deal Dem.

Politics has always been brutal but not to the extent that has arisen since Nixon's Watergate and Clinton's second term. You young people better learn to get along or you won't have a country in the next 25-50 years. And Spanish won't be the only language you will have to learn.

Posted by: dharper2 | November 26, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This man is a truly nauseating sleaze bag, Take a good look at that sycophantic two faced "smile", and then ask yourself how you'd feel about leaving your preteen daughter alone at this guy's house overnight. But it's one more score for "Hypo Joe". The Democratic Senate leadership must be masochists. But at some point the question will be asked, who does this guy represent, anyway? He certainly doesn't represent the will of the people of Connecticut, much less the people of the United States. So, who and what does he represent?

Posted by: Doowadiddy | November 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how he votes and leads his committees. Will he be a help or a hinderance to the change agenda. Then let's talk. The picture should be clear before summer.

Posted by: wayoffbaseguy | November 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

You young people also better learn to stay off of dharper's lawn.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | November 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

the list of who it went for can be found at:

Posted by: jumpingkokanee | November 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a low-life, boring, stab-in-the-back egotist.

Always has been, always will be.

John Berryman wrote:

"The rats have won (mostly)
and this is for real."

There have been Lieberman's throughout history, wherever someone is willing to put his snaky oily interest in stroking his own ego before the value of being human.

When a rat like Lieberman gets elected, he can do real damage just by oiling everything he touches. The 11 foot pole and HazMat Suits were invented to protect the rest of us from the Smiling Joe's of the world.

Joe, the plumber

Joe, the back-stabber

Joe, the liar

Joe, the disgusting

Posted by: wapoisrightwingrag | November 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting how Senator Jeffords was a "hero" and "patriotic" for bolting the Republican party....but Lieberman is a traitor.

Democrats see bipartisanship as doing what they want. Than you are hero.

Dems - you own it all can't blame bogeyman Rove and Bush anymore.

Posted by: schlthss | November 26, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Were it not for Joe Lieberman Enron might not have happened the way it did.

Most people don't kow that Andrew Fastow, the financial architect of Enron's bogus tax shelters was married to a woman who worked at Enron and was a "corporate tax shelter" specialist.

They met and married while both were working there and Lisa Fastow subsequently went to jail for being part of the tax shelter nonsense that helped defraud shareholders, pension plans and the government of serious dollars while paying senior officers huge bonuses.
But, before she was Lisa Fastow, she was Lisa Weingarten, of the Houston, TX, real estate rich Weingarten family and had been up to shady deals long before. And when she got into trouble before and was under investigation for "corporate tax shelter fraud" who was it but JOE LIEBERMAN, to put in a good word for her (read exert Senatorial pressure)and get the possible trial and jail term number one stopped.
Yep, your buddy and mine, ole Joe Lieberman.
Like most Republicans, Ted "always keep the money" Stevens, Duke Cunningham and McCain, the desire to 'help' (themselves) is so strong, it makes a mockery of the law and truthful public representation.

Had Lisa gone to jial the first time Enron would still have existed and still been a fraud, but Kenny-Boy and Co (including Phil "nation of whiners" Gramm's wife Wendy and Ralph Reed) would have had a different crook doing the partnerships.

NEVER re-elect any incumbent, Republican, Democrat or Independent.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | November 26, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This man is a disgrace, a deceiver and a looser.Since Al Gore chose him as his VP running mate anyone he has backed or associated with has lost.I knew Obama woukd have won the election when I saw him supporting Mccain.The Democrats ought to give him the left foot of fellowship and on his way out, let the door hit him where The Maker split him.

Posted by: samiaelsberesford | November 26, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's wait to history judge him.

Posted by: saiidrastegar | November 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: hdtex1 | November 26, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

poster Sam Kaplan is NOT an idiot. How DARE you besmirch idiots. I'm an oceanographer who studies whales. Yesterday we dove 700 feet to the ocean bottom & scooped up some whale dung. Wadd'ya know, just uncovered Sam Kaplan.
PS. As a Holocaust survivor Gestapo-speak is indelibly carved in my brain.

Posted by: craigslsst | November 26, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

While I don't agree with bgreen224's rule about never reelecting any incumbent, ever, I will never forget Lieberman in the late 1990s berating the SEC's Arthur Levitt for having the temerity to attempt to regulate his pals in the financial services industry.

Lieberman did a horrible job in his regulatory responsibilities vis-a-vis the financial services industry. He followed that up during the Bush years by doing an even more horrible job supervising homeland security.

Even if you put the partisan issues aside, the man is not competent to run any US Senate committee I've ever heard of.

Posted by: bcamarda2 | November 26, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a traitor of the worst kind. He should have been dumped. The girliemen kept him in the fold. Keep an eye on him because his behavior is dangerous.

Posted by: truth1 | November 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman first allegiance is towards the right wing in Israel and the AIPAC lobby, the right wingers in the United States, and way down on the bottom of the list, the people of Connecticut.

Posted by: GOPNAZI | November 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman should be ridden out of town on a rail. Then ask me what to do with the rail.

Posted by: jrw1 | November 26, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Please do not criticize "dear Joe",he has permission from G-D !!!

Posted by: fberouk | November 26, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Joe is a complete and utter swine. He is so out of touch with the base who originally elected him. He'll burn in hell; he has no interest in anything but his own sick self.

Posted by: JPZenger | November 26, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman cares nothing about either political party. He will suport whichever party or person is the most supportive of AIPAC and the cause of Israel. He should be required to register as an agent of a foreign government, and treated as such.

Posted by: central1942 | November 26, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The "honorable thing" to do would have been to "can him" for his misdeeds and then suffer the consequences of his lost vote.

The idea of keeping him on a leash is an illusion.......he is toxic and needs to be ejected like the trash he is.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | November 26, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The Senator representing Knesseticut will say and do everything to stay on the public dole.

Posted by: whocares666 | November 26, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman's backbone is made up of that white gooey stuff that is inside of a marshmellow after it has been flaming over the campfire.

He should sign 50 votes like blank checks and hand them to Harry Reid to be used at Reid's discretion. No, make that 100 blank vote checks.

And then Lieberman has the gall to comment on Obama's cabinet picks? Like sure Joe, we were all sitting around with baited breathe just hoping we would please you with those choices. Thanks for your approval. We feel better about ourselves after receiving your graces.

I bet he shaves at night with the lights off so he doesn't have to look at himself in the mirror.

Remember that movie "Stalag 17" and Peter Graves played the German snitch pretending to be an American bomber pilot in the prison of war camp in Germany in WW2?? Yup, Joe Lieberman.

And finally, had McCain won, would Joe be telling us he knew Obama was a loser before the election? One has to wonder.

I'd say de-nut him but I don't think he even has a pair.

Posted by: patrick10 | November 26, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Here is one Demo who disagrees with the Demo Caucus's decision to let this ingrate keep his chair of a key senate committee in face of his blatant support of his buddy Generalissomo for Prez.

Now we discover this rat was even sending money to several GOP candidates running for congressional offices.

Oh well, we Demos always seem to enjoy being screwed by the likes of this creep.

Posted by: fgerard | November 26, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

It is clear that the only thing Joe Lieberman is loyal to is...Joe Lieberman. I cant believe that the Senate Democratic caucus was so spineless that it let him keep the Homeland Security chairmanship. Forget the presidential chairman he had the audacity to block an independent investigation into the Katrina debacle. Lieberman's subtrefuges go way beyond campaigning for his friend John McCain. He actively worked to block accountability of the Bush administration!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | November 26, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Slimmey, sleezy Lieberman....

he has no allegiance to his party or, for that matter, to the United States of America.

......he serves a different master.

Posted by: kevinlarmee | November 26, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

It's time for Joe Lieberman to step down! He is nothing but a wishy-washy, whiny, old man playing at being a representative of the people; oh wait, that's what most politicians are...sorry...
Anyway, maybe the SENATE will get some BACKBONE and KEEP HIM LOCKED UP SOMEWHERE, until we can get a "real" Democratic Progressive in Connecticut!
Thank GOD for Pres. Obama (yes, I know, but to me he ALREADY IS!!!)

Posted by: rcossebo | November 26, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Senator Joe The Bummer Lieberman has got to be the most utterly repulsive public personality on the face of the planet. There's politicians that I dislike, but this guy makes my skin crawl.

When he spoke to reporters after emerging from the meeting where he was allowed to get away with his treachery, Lieberman said that the results were fair. (Him getting away with everything scott free) Knowing that he alone was aware of this donation scandel, Lieberman withheld the information from his judges.

Democratic Senators should be allowed to vote again. Maybe this latest act of dishonesty can open the eyes of those 40 something Senators who voted for Joe.

Posted by: fredfawcett | November 26, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman is a misguided Sayyan and gives aid and comfort to the most reprehensible sector of Israel population. My this I mean the military security types Olmert spoke of when he said it's no wonder we [meaning Israel] have had no peace for the last 50 years and with these people, if we leave it up to them, we won't have peace for the next 50. We have the same group in this country and a good example is Major General Electric who you can visit at

Posted by: saintpeterii | November 26, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

To all voters in Connecticut, please do not vote for this man again.
Now, he's spreading money out here,in the West. Interfering with Oregon politics but with the same sad results of most candidates he supports, his choice did not win.
He has a role model of what it's like to be an Independent in the Senate in Mr. Jefferies. But, instead he is spreading hate and discontent.
He makes your state look as weird as Senator Craig did for Idaho.
Get rid of him Connecticut. You can do better.

Posted by: IdahoVoter | November 27, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Traitor Joe the Schmuck.

Posted by: BethesdaMD | November 27, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

The first principle of asymmetrical warfare, of which politics is a sub-branch: if your opponent is willing to tie himself up in knots, let him.

More evidence that Obama is a consummate political manager.

Posted by: hquain | November 27, 2008 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Senate Democrats are only pretending to be a political party if they allow Lieberman to retain his seniority and committee chair.

Posted by: Yogibard | November 27, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

What does Lieberman stand for? Besides Israel? How can anyone in the dem party trust this man's word ever again? He is self serving and has NO integrity.

Posted by: yourfit9 | November 27, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

dharper2 reasonably asks, "What in the world is so wrong about a man who sees values in the ideas and positions of others?" I think that one reasonable answer is that in the context of the Kane article, of the commments to which dharper2 objects, and the history of Lieberman, dharper2's question avoids the issues of Lieberman's motives, of the particular "positions of others" in which he "sees values", and most importantly of all, of Lieberman's performance to date as chair of the Committee -- namely, his actions preventing any kind of oversight to limit, if not end, some of the most reprehensible conduct by the US executive branch in the country's history. harper2's diagnosis that "It has been this 'one party' mentality that has gotten this nation into the partisan mess we find ourselves" also misses the issue here. One can agree that a "one party mentality" has contributed to the long standing distress of the country, but it is precisely to avoid a party government, and the overriding of the checks and balances of the separation of powers, that Lieberman's removal from the chair should have been taken. His conduct does not mitigate the harm of a "one party mentality" -- it expresses a one party mentality, and the equally dangerous mentality of an imperial executive immune to checks and balances from the courts and legislature. And as to those who wish to bottom their views on the matter on German history in the inter - and WW II periods, it might be instructive to consider the parallels between Lieberman's immunizing the executive and the German Enabling Act (and its consequences for all of us, Germans and others).

Posted by: EDLarkin | November 27, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman = weasel

Posted by: sadsadsad | November 27, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman isnt the weasel to worry about - it's the stupid, spineless democrats. They and the US public get what they deserve.

Posted by: dmls2000 | November 27, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

good grief, I am sure the Dems had an inkling what a turncoat leiberman is.. however, better to have your enemy in plain sight........

Posted by: greenjujubee | November 27, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Leiberman is in b/c he is Israel's hawk in the senate. As long as the US unconditionally backs Israel in its quest to live peacefully with/kill all its neighbors, Leiberman will have a career shielded by Washington's bipartisan zionist power-elite.

Posted by: lichtme | November 27, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Kind of interesting the Senate conducted a "SECRET" ballot to include Lieberman in their caucus, more than what the DEMONcrats would do for small business in their fending off the communistic unions. Typical B.S. of the demoncrats.

As far as 2010 goes....the Demoncrats will be toast. The American public will wake up to their nonsense of the Uncle Tom in office.

Posted by: lamontcranston4 | November 27, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Bob Cesca, blogging on HuffintonPost, pointed out that, in supporting Lieberman's staying in the Dem Caucus, Obama has proved what a bigger man he is than Lieberman. Now we'll all be watching for signs of disloyalty, and Lieberman will be under even more pressure to support progressive legislation.

In his blog, Cesca addressed Lieberman directly: "By letting you keep your precious chairmanship, President-Elect Obama -- through his political bigness -- punished you without punishing you. He beat you, Senator, because he let you be you. . . In the final analysis, the hard reality is that by not choosing retribution, he made you look . . . small."

It's going to be hard for Lieberman to live this down. He'll be defeated when he runs for re-election in 2012.

Posted by: ShrinkRap | November 27, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Joe the slim bag needs to go back to Connecticutt and get a real job for a change.

Posted by: sunrise3 | November 27, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

As a Connecticut voter I am eagerly awaiting the next election to retire this man from public life. He's like a carbuncle on your posterior; constantly reminds you of his obnoxious presence and hurts every time you sit down...

Posted by: aquavite | November 27, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, very sadly, 'Traitor Joe' the back-stabber is, and will be, responsible for the perpetuation, as the TOTAL SCHMUCK that he is, of more anti-semitic stereotypes than he will ever admit. Woe be to us oh Jaweh!

Posted by: berlin2 | November 27, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Judas, Brutus, (skip a few), Quisling, Lieberman... But please don't call him a snake or a weasel. That would be an insult to those lovely INNOCENT animals.

Posted by: blueagain | November 27, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

As a CT Democratic voter, I've reached my limit of tolerance for Traitor Joe. I want to see him RECALLED FROM HIS SENATE POSITION by the voters of our state. Those who are interested in mounting such a campaign should comment for support. Don in CT

Posted by: willowbrookpress | November 27, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is an old hand in Congress and I bet everyone figures that they will have less "troble" from him if they accept him back into the "fold" then if they kicked him out...

The true test will be the next few "big" votes; either he will help or he will drag his feet and Obama down...

p.s. I hope Franken wins and Joe loses his buddy in MN, that would be sweet!

Posted by: CaptD | November 27, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but a Judas is a Judas.

And Lieberman is a gold-plated Judas. If the Democrats don't figure out a way to take away his DHS committee chairmanship, they need Rahm and his steel balls on their side.

What a bunch of people with no backbones. To hell with Lieberman - get rid of him and let him go lay down with the Republicans - and the Democrats get on about changing DHS which will NEVER GET DONE under Lieberman.


Posted by: swanieaz | November 27, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

As I watch Obama assemble his team, and begin the work I think the tone he is setting in Washington is consistent with leaving Lieberman where he is.

With Obama's team, I'm seeing a desire to focus all energies on seeking solutions to our problems. This man is doing his best to let people know that he will not be wasting our nations time and energy figuring out how to punish political infidelity.

It's a political plan based on optimism and hope. Go figure.
Not as much vindictive pleasure to be had from this route.

The best we get in this world, and it's not bad, is to see Lieberman as the irrelevant old school self-interested political hack that he is.

Posted by: mattrose | November 27, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

This latest news about Lieberman donating money to Senate Republican candidates should be enough for the Dems to reconvene and strip him of his committee chairmanship. This guy is poison for Obama's hopes of bringing serious change to Washington. In all the years he's chaired his committee, he never once investigated anything the Bushies were doing...leaving it to Waxman on the House side to do any probing into illegalities, corruption and other wrongdoing. Dems don't need Joe and it's time they stopped kissing his behind.

Posted by: redballoon | November 27, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Benedict Lieberman's track record is backing and supporting losers. That's a fact.

Shows you how good his wisdom and judgement is. Not very.

Posted by: dotmafia | November 27, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping that Lieberman would have been McCains vp pick therefore he would have been the first person in American history to lose the race for vice president in two different major parties.

Posted by: AZ_AF_VET | November 27, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a puppet. He is representing someone or something. Soon, we'll find out who and what.

Posted by: runnerin1 | November 27, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Lieberman is the brightest and the best. He supports the best and the brightest party affiliation be damned. America would be better off if our elected representatives voted their conscience and not their party line.
Those of the far left hate anyone not of their ilk. They use sarcasm, mockery, and hateful comments against those who do not think in lock-step with them. They are like the Nazis without the snappy uniforms.
One thing about Lieberman...he knows who our friends are: Overtly and covertly, Israel has been America's key Middle Eastern ally, including military support for Jordan in the face of Syrian and Palestinian threats in 1970, the provision of intelligence on captured Soviet arms, the early development of remotely piloted vehicles, upgrades of U.S. avionics, shared anti-terrorism intelligence and its role as an example of Western-style democracy.

Posted by: mharwick | November 27, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

clearly... Lieberman has as his guiding light the geo political stationing of Isreal. The repugs provided a plan for obliterating Iran, which after Iraq, is the number one objective of the Zionist foreign policy. Scary thing is he came within a whisker of being vice-president of either party, which means AIPAC is stronger then we thought. Going to take vigilence... these animals don't give up. They did not get to place Lieberman strategically but it looks like they have forced Obama to nominate Rodham Clinton... who DID promise to obliterate Iran, so... she will get her campaign debts paid off and we will get another war, this time wioth a country that has had 12 years of military sanctions.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 27, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

This Guy need to be remove from his chairmanships. This man is a complete racist bigot. I do not trust him with Pres. Elect Obama Security. He can do any to betray Pres. Elect Obama.
I have lot of Jews friends.But this other jews man scares me alot.He hates Pres-elect leaving him at that chairmanship is risky. The pre-elect is making a big mistake by supporting him holding on to his post.Never trust someone in politics like joe L . In africa or elsewhere this guy will be gone man. if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Anster | November 27, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It is unbelievable how this ugly character (ugly inside and outside) gets away with such blatant disloyalty. He is more wrinkled that a sharpei dog, has a voice that is likely about to cry and his sense of dignity and self respect is laughable.

Posted by: tango4hormigas | November 27, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Lie-berman, loser-man, leave to Die-at-his-next-elec-berman, all these have one thing common, he’s toast, keep him close, monitor his votes and watch the voters do the job for the Democratic Party.

Fifth Columnist is the only name for a Joe Bennedict-lieberman. Trader-Joe comes to mind as well, but just leave him to the voters is best, they will slam him into retirement from the Senate.

Posted by: ministerbruce | November 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

He's a sociopath, and is unworthy of service to the public.

Posted by: shag11 | November 27, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Connecticut made a terrible mistake electing this snake to the Senate. Lieberman is the worse of the worst. Connecticut should do our country a favor and recall this pile of excrement.

Posted by: castillomark | November 27, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The reason that the Senate Dems voted so overwhelmingly to support Lieberman is because they also support his platform. Merkley may say "We need to put the election behind us," but that is like saying "We need to put the reason we were elected behind us." Argue what you want, for instance, that this is the spirit of reconciliation, but in reality it is because they want to continue the policies of continuous aggression in the Middle East, FISA etc, but want to have someone else to do their dirty work.

Posted by: shmuelman | November 27, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting to be part of the New group in plan. minority pac group of AA & Latinos..People like Joe-Lie-man will me a gone man..

My fears is with this man behavious in the senate more Americans are getting to know the main motivate of AIPAC in this country..

This present senate is control by the AIPAC, but,with the creation of Minority pac group will be a great treat to AIPAC.

Posted by: Anster | November 27, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that Connecticut kicks this traitor out...On the bright side, he placed the sword of Damocles over his own head and will have to kiss Dem backside until then.

Posted by: Beka13 | November 27, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a Republican mole. He enabled the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Don't let him have any access to Democratic 3ecrets.

Posted by: NormBlon | November 27, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I think history is going to remember Barack Obama and this period in US history as the crucial time before the collapse of the two-party system in the US. When the Democratic and Republican parties were locked in a symbiotic love-hate relationship and mortal combat, trying to save their own lives irrespective of and in spite of the fate of the American people and the nation.

I also think that Democrats stand behind Lieberman for the simple reason that any one of them could be standing in his place and they would want the mercy they're showing him.

Posted by: Maximillion | November 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Eight years ago -- right now -- this POS came within a couple hundred votes of being the Democratic Vice-President of the United States. It was the second-greatest honor the Democratic Party can bestow on a person.

And now, we get this.

Harry Reid made a huge mistake.

Posted by: Jaxxon | November 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"On the bright side, he placed the sword of Damocles over his own head and will have to kiss Dem backside until then."

No, he doesn't.

Once the Democratic Caucus voted to keep Lieberman as the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, it would take a two-thirds vote of the entire US Senate to remove him.

Lieberman's fate is now in the hands of Republicans. He has to please them in order to keep his beloved chairmanship.

Posted by: Maximillion | November 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Connecticut should do our country a favor and recall this pile of excrement."

US Senators can't be recalled.

The only way to remove them from the US Senate is for their colleagues in the US Senate to vote them out by a two-thirds majority.

Posted by: Maximillion | November 27, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Joseph Lieberman is a turncoat. They've let him keep his seat, which is fine by me.

But let's step back and look at this: the man is a loser. He lost the support of the true Democrats in CT, he lost his bid as vice president, he lost his two bids as president, and now he lost when trying to support all these Republicans.

Maybe we should begin to look at him as not very bright or capable, in addition to being not reliable or loyal.

Posted by: cthesis | November 27, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Dishonour in the Senate:

Sen.Lieberman and Sen.Stevens represent the 2 main reasons the polls show Congress below 20%.

Lieberman is all about lies, deception, back stabbing and untrustworthiness.

Stevens is all about lies, graft,corruption and untrustworthiness.

Allowing Lieberman to retain any position in the Senate, and having a 1 minute standing ovation for Stevens for his misdeeds only means Congress is complicit and totally unethical,and cannot possibility change...if Obama fails will here in the Congress.

Posted by: vanron100 | November 27, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Expenditures by Lieberman's ROCPAC in the 2008 Election Cycle:

Katz Watson Group, Inc $151,191
Katz Watson Group $40,898
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $30,000
Perkins Coie LLP $13,807
Collins for Senate $10,000
Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee $10,000
Friends of Max Baucus $10,000
Louisiana - Arkansas Victory Fund 2008 $10,000
Tim Johnson for South Dakota $10,000
Dahan of Washington $8,590
Biden for President $5,000
Citizens for Harkin $5,000
David O'Brien for Congress $5,000
Democratic Party of New Mexico $5,000
Friends of Gordon Smith $5,000
Friends of Jay Rockefeller $5,000
Friends Of Jim Marshall $5,000
Friends of Mark Warner $5,000
Friends of Rosa DeLauro $5,000
Friends of Senator Carl Levin $5,000
Iowa Democatic Party $5,000
John Lewis for Congress $5,000
John McCain 2008, Inc $5,000
Lampson for Congress $5,000
Mark Pryor for U.S. Senate $5,000
Moderate Victory Fund $5,000
Peter King for Congress $5,000
Udall for Colorado $5,000
Unite Our States $5,000
Andrews for Congress Committee $2,500
Friends of Mary Landrieu, Inc. $2,500
Texas Democracy Foundation $1,000
Citibank, FSB $742
Citibank, F.S.B. $721
The Winning Edge $598
The Century Association $577
Reed Committee $0

When Joe Lieberman ran for the presidency in 2004, Fran Katz Watson was his Senior Advisor for Finance. She served as the Finance Director for ROCPAC and is President of the Katz Watson Group. She was the National Finance Director for the DNC from 1997-99 and Senior Advisor to the DNC Chairs through the 2000 Presidential election. Deputy Political Director of AIPAC from 1992-97. Prior to that Watson was National Finance Director for the McCarthy for Senate race in California and the Deputy Finance Director at the DSCC.

Go to to chase down who donates to Reuniting Our Party PAC.

Posted by: Maximillion | November 27, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

If old Joe has tauted the virtues of his bestest buddie McCain e.g. why we should vote for him, you know how knowledgable he is. lol
But Joe chose to go nasty and critize Obama. That is what is wrong. I would have liked to see him OUT of here. I do understand however that he votes with the dems, and is a reliable vote, except about war matters.
He is hard to take and I do strongly dislike the little sh!t.

Posted by: petalsndreams2002 | November 27, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman cares nothing about either political party. He will suport whichever party or person is the most supportive of AIPAC and the cause of Israel. He should be required to register as an agent of a foreign government, and treated as such.
Posted by: central1942
Hopefully Connecticut voters have FINALLY realized what Joe "Israel First" Lieberman truly is and will dump him when he's up for re-election.

Posted by: checkered1 | November 27, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I knew Lieberman was drinking the GOP Kool-Aid when he said that he was the Vice Presidential candidate in 2000 for the "Democrat" party. That's all, brother. You're a weasel, Senator. You BELONG in the Republican party.

Posted by: alansafe | November 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone for one second believe that this Benedict Arnold will come back in 2012? Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. As they say, payback is a .... you know what.

Posted by: Henry_of_BrowardCounty | November 27, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

LIEberman could have given Gordon Smith a billion bucks, he was NEVER GOING TO BE RE-ELECTED HERE.
Gordon Smith is the original out-of-touch elitist! He bought a $1.20 MILLION DOLLAR SET OF GOLF CLUBS, WHILE OVER 20% OF OREGONIANS (more now) RELY ON A FOOD BANK TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES!
GOODBYE GORDON. Also, sorry, but you belong to a cult, I could never vote for a Mormon, and no matter how many ads you ran showing yourself as an independent, you voted with Bush and Republicans daily, you should have ran as an independent, maybe someone would have believed you.
Brownlow got almost as many votes as you did! You're a louse Gordon and you hire illegals and you know it!

Posted by: Cookie100 | November 27, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you people in Connecticut anyway?
How could you vote this liar in again? You have your chance in 2010, DUMP THE BAS*ARD!

Posted by: Cookie100 | November 27, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this that guy who was spotted in a nurse's uniform blowing up a hospital over the summer?

Posted by: chaupo | November 27, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman's a problem, and he obviously cannot be trusted. Still, I think it was right for Obama to say he holds no grudges

Posted by: knapp71 | November 27, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Those who lack honor are denied trust.
Since no one (Democrat or Republican) can trust him at this point, it is a pity he lacks the decency to resign.

Posted by: hildutus | November 27, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of that denizen of academia, Ms. Alaska, "Say it ain't so, Joe".

If Coleman beats Franken, "LIEberman the Liar" should be shown the door. Wonder if he has any plans to campaign in Georgia this weekend???

Posted by: VickiNC | November 27, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Joe LIEberBush (R-Israel) is a pathetic maggot and lying sack of sh*t. He's like the kid in high school who couldn't get a date - hence, his lashing out at Obama, etc.
Too bad the spineless DemocRATs didn't kick the little puke to the curb, and the GOP surely would have done, if the roles were reversed.
BTW, in CT, the GOP owned and operated Hartford Courant made sure the GOPervert 'won' in 2006 by trashing Ned Lamont six ways to Sunday.
Lori R. Price
Managing Editor
Citizens For Legitimate Government

Posted by: lorifromclg | November 27, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"It's all emotional. He's still stinging from being rejected by the dems in '06. He's a politician, and politicians are driven by ego."

This has been my feeling for some time, Holy Joe is still burned because Democrats rejected him for Ned Lamont in '06. Republicans voted him back into office in the last Senate Election, and not a preponderance of Democrats. One can only hope that CT Democrats get organized in 2012 and get rid of this awful man.

Thanks Max for clarifying who Fran Katz Watson is (the receipient of major Dollars From Joe's PAC), I should have known that AIPAC would be involved in it somewhere. LIEberman doesn't vote his conscience as some have implied, he is an "Israel Firster" and will vote for whomever will help him keep the status quo in Israel.

If a Republican had conducted himself as Lieberman has over the years (including some of his actions during the 2000 recount) the GOP would have eaten his liver with fava beans and a good Chianti long ago...

Posted by: Hold_that_tiger | November 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

If this were the 17th, 18th or 19th centuries in a more civilized and ethics-centric society than the U.S, Lieberman would have been hanged for treason. He should just move to Israel and be done with it. I'm outraged he's essentially gotten away with his lack of allegiance to the United States.

Posted by: sbuerkle | November 27, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

my prediction [WATCH] is Lieberman will allign with HRC to form a "new" neo con, war with Iran grouping. Obliterate Iran is the directional objective..... and obviously Lieberman will use any way possible to succeed in this objective, party be dammed. And we all know where Biden stands... exactly, blithering idiotville.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 27, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Sanctimonious A $ $ ole

Posted by: hmmmmmer | November 27, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman's strongest hand is, of course, his unquestioning support for the only democracy in the Middle East, our strongest ally there, Israel. Many of us support Israel's absolute right to exist. The world's dominant surviving superpowers, along with a considerable community of other UN nations, created this Israeli reality after the ravages of World War Two 60 years ago. The demarcation of its borders was no more arbitrary than those that outlined other Middle East nations as Europeans withdrew their governance. As to how Israel has conducted its domestic & foreign affairs since that time, many of us who support its existence have vociferously disagreed with its policies over the decades. But not Joe. There's a dark side to such unwaivering alliances for any politician to forge with a nation not that of his homeland (despite any of the benefits of dual citizenship.) The USA continually rewards or compromises the careers and lives of many aliens and their families who serve our interests. We're doing it right now as we prepare to leave an only partially rebuilt Iraq. It is widely known that foreign politicians often benefit from (& know details about) the inner machinations of American Intelligence Services more than many of the most politically savvy & loyal of American citizens. Could there be rewards acruing to Senator Joe, who belongs to the Political Party of One Named Lieberman, from Israeli Intelligence Services that make him a deadly serious opponent to mess with, even in the hallowed halls of Congress? Why else, truly, would Democrats reward him in the face of such disloyalty effusively directed at the defeat of Democratic candidates? Then again, maybe today's dose of turkey tryptophan has me sleepily speculating about alliances for which we can be less than thankful.

Posted by: attorneytom | November 27, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

He is a ZIONIST.
That say it all about the kind of person he is. Whatever ideology forward his zionist interests he will for it. If we have a communist majority that's in favor of more war and blood in the middle east ( against Arabs and Muslims)he be a leading member.

Posted by: mkhadr | November 27, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I simply regard him as a slimey, opportunistic turncoat.

Posted by: flicker1 | November 27, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Please stop showing this Slime balls face Every time i see him i wanna go in the Head and Vomit... Im hoping we dont see a lot of him an i also pray the good people from CN sednt this jerk packing..

Posted by: jetphixer1 | November 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Connecticut please vote this man out!! I can't stand his face, can't stand his voice and especially his hypocrasy. Obama what was you thinking when you forgave this piece of crap!!

Posted by: ylopez11 | November 27, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear Connecticut,


Tom McCarey
Early and Constant Obama Supporter

Posted by: TominChicago2 | November 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

What ole Lieb doesn't quite yet understand is that Obama will reflect back the hate he apparently has for democracy and the American non-elite. Barack has him in a wedgie, and he hasn't got the you-know-what to respond as a man.

Posted by: sicnarfe | November 27, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman keeps his job, as long as he remains a loyal lapdog

to Mr. Harry Reid,

When Mr. Reid says "jump" loyal Lieberman must say "how high sir?"

One false move the Lieberman loses his committee.

Posted by: bobnsri | November 27, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the a previous posting that Lieberman is "slimey"

There is something about him, that is personally repugnant

Posted by: bobnsri | November 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

We all spin those tall tales
Yes we can.
But nobody can LIE
Like LIE-ber-man

Posted by: hillkemp | November 27, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

does smug mf'er count as profane or personal?

Posted by: janellemariehiggins | November 27, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I blame the people of Connecticut for putting him in place again. Their should be a recall effort in CT at this moment. This man is a disgrace to the people of CT and they should tell him so by starting a total recall. Lieberman is only loyal to the state of Israel. Connecticut is his last concern. Wake up CT, he is embarrassing you.

Posted by: gus1181 | November 28, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

No revelations here, just further confirmation that Joe Lieberman is a sanctinmonius hypocrite.

Posted by: bpai_99 | November 28, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Senator LIeberman is the face of the 'ugly' American. Senator Lieberman says not, "what can I do for America, but what can America do for Jews and Israel?" Hitler offered six million Jews to any country that would take them - none obliged! Senator Lieberman certainly helps us to understand why!

During Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Chertoff argued on NPR that New Orleans was not flooded when, in fact, it had been flooded for two days! Senator LIeberman, like Mr. Chertoff, does not have America's best interest at heart and he should not be allowed on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Senator Lieberman is a detriment to Homeland Security since the 9-11 Report stated that the attack on the WTC and the Pentagon was to protest the presence of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia and our support for Israel. Bin Laden pressed Mohammad to stage the attacks as early as mid-2000 after Ariel Sharon offended many Muslims by visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. He tried to accelerate the operation again when he learned Sharon would be visiting the White House in June or July 2001. We have removed our U.S. forces from Saudi Arabia and it would be prudent to stop supporting Israel if that support encourages another terrorist attack on our country! To jeopardize our security by supporting Israel is un-American!

Bin Laden was not ambiguous about the reasons for the 9-11 attack. We addressed one of his stated reasons – ‘we removed our forces from Saudi Arabia.’ Instead of addressing the second stated reason – ‘our support for Israel,’ our freedoms have been diminished through the PATRIOT ACT, which is un-American and citizens are being murdered and abused at airports by security personnel, telephone companies are providing information on customers, i.e., warrantless eavesdropping program for which they have been given immunity, etc. This is unacceptable! Most of those who are eroding our cherished freedoms didn't fight nor sacrifice for those freedoms. Our freedoms are not theirs to squander.

Posted by: Chagrined | November 28, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Everyone should know by now that Lieberman is neither a Democrat or a Republican. Nor is he even an American. His loyalties only lie with Israel and his masters in Tel Aviv.

When he supports Republicans or gives them donations, he is only doing it because he believes, that will help Israel.

He is the most important mole in the US for the Israelis (maybe even works for the Mossad).

Posted by: Dave77 | November 28, 2008 4:19 AM | Report abuse

Remember in 2006 Joe promised to investigate Katrina, then forgot after the election.

Now, after smearing Obama for months, the Dems are going to keep Joe in the leadership position that is charged with INVESTIGATING the president.

Joe refused investigate anything Bush did, except perhaps how good of a KISSER the president is, do you think Obama will get the same treatment?

This tool should be stripped of all power and sent to the Repugs with his pathetic tail between his legs.

2012 is too long to wait.

Posted by: smgumby | November 28, 2008 5:23 AM | Report abuse

is this important? I'm not sure it is...

Posted by: nickpr53 | November 28, 2008 5:30 AM | Report abuse

The calumny of Lieberman's treachery to our Party will go down in the history books. Is a super majority in the Senate worth it?

How about this? If we fail to reach 60 votes in the Senate *with* Connecticut Joe, then let's kick his sorry ass out of the Democratic Party, strip him of committee assignments, and we the people, along with the good citizens of Connecticut can send Ned Lamont or another Progressive with integrity to Washington.

Otherwise, you know Joe'll continue to leverage his vote to the detriment of everyone but himself.

It's not Joe the Plumber who's at issue; It's Joe the Narcissist.

Posted by: PatHenry1 | November 28, 2008 5:49 AM | Report abuse

I did not have great expectations of Obama, especially in the realm of foreign policy, but his choices for government positions and his attitude toward Lieberman are disturbing. We dont have Shrub III, but we do have a kind of Clinton II. In foreign policy this represents little change. In fact, if Obama buys into Shrub's wars, they will become his wars. If he buys into a continuation of American bullying around the world, he will end up being despised much as Shrub is now, and worse his presidency will be ruined. I wish him well, and hope for the best but without optimism.

Posted by: Mikhailovich | November 28, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman will be a committed Democrat only if the Democratic Party becomes blindly supportive of Israel's right-wing policies.

Posted by: ChrisL1 | November 28, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Let it go folks, he's almost as irrelevant as Republicans in Congress are now...

Posted by: Zephyr1999 | November 28, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman was rejected by Democrats in Connecticut because he would rather waste the lives of thousand American service men and women a year rather than admit he made a mistake in actively supporting President Bush’s Iraq war – a war that Lieberman conspired for, worked for and campaigned for. Though he ran for the Senate as an independent, he could not have won, but for the National Republican Party’s decision to withdraw all support for the GOP nominee. Once the Democrats regained power, he used his position as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee to block any and all congressional investigations of war profiteering, corruption and to protect the Bush administration’s gross incompetence in dealing with Hurricane Katrina disaster. People hate holy Joe Lieberman not because of partisan rancor, but because his hands are dripping with the blood of innocent Americans. Senate Democrats were not smart or clever to keep him in the caucus; they were gutless cowards who betrayed their own supporters once they were safely reelected.

Posted by: codexjust1 | November 28, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

If Lieberman does choose, for whatever self-serving reason, to support the Dems for a while before betraying them again, I guess we can only be grateful during that time that he's a totally unprincipled jerk.

Posted by: glennh12 | November 28, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Joe LIEberman should just go ahead and declare for the GOP. He will sooner or later.

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | November 28, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey Democrats! I know why you feel deceived.....blame it on Bush ! or the American Jews....hahaha

Posted by: lamontcranston4 | November 28, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Just go Joe.
You are an embarrassment.

Posted by: elluskott | November 28, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Joe the Plumber lover and ex D is history. Connecticut will speak very shortly. In the meantime he will toe that line set down by the generosity of the POTUS-elect. In fact Joe will bow low is his presence. One word and I can see BO taking Joe to the back of the senate as he once did before to advise Mr. L strongly on how he will vote.

Posted by: whatmeworry | November 28, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Say goodbye to HLS. This marks the beginning of the end to a layer of bureaucracy, an ill-advised response to 9/11 by an out of touch administration, that has not helped the cause of national security.

Posted by: emax1 | November 28, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that what the new politics is all about? Non partisan. Vote for the man, not the party? Joe is as reliable a liberal vote as there is in the Senate, so why all the vitriol?

I'm sure if Barack had indicated more precisely just how centrist he really is, Joe would have voted for him. He voted as he did because unlike most Democrats, Joe is worried about national security.

All this talk about his being a traitor is unadulterated horse___!

I never took an oath to any political party. That's what dyed in the wool Nazi and Communist party members did, not Americans.

Joe is OK. Leave him alone.

Posted by: Opinionator | November 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with opinionator... Lieberman isn't a reliable LIBERAL vote...not on foreign policy. He's a reliable NEOCON vote. He is a the Senator for Likud... he ultimately represents nobody else. Attucks and kjohnson are probably right about the wisdom of keeping one's friends close, and one's enemies closer. To a point.

Its also true that when you pick up a poisonous snake, you ought to expect it to bite you.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Many admire Lieberman's agenda towards his true love. Too bad it this is not the United States of America. Steve. World War 2.

Posted by: PARRYISLE2 | November 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

the curious thing to me is that he could care less for the American political institution... it is just a vehicle to be used to get to what he and a small sliver of admittedly powerful individuals -- who know more than we out in HDTV land, perpetuate an apartied State.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I have officially lost all respect for the man. I don't care if Obama wants to move on from this - I will never, ever forgive Lieberman for this past election, or for Iraq.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | November 28, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't piss on Lieberman is he were on fire; that's how much I detest him.

Posted by: momsablogger | November 28, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

This latest news about Lieberman donating money to Senate Republican candidates should be enough for the Dems to reconvene and strip him of his committee chairmanship. This guy is poison for Obama's hopes of bringing serious change to Washington. In all the years he's chaired his committee, he never once investigated anything the Bushies were doing...leaving it to Waxman on the House side to do any probing into illegalities, corruption and other wrongdoing. Dems don't need Joe and it's time they stopped kissing his behind.


I think it's Joe who's going to be doing the ass kissing for quite some time. This little turncoat SOB isn't as smart as he thinks he is, just like all the Republicans that he's been giving money to. Think about this, too: EVERY Republican that he tries to help has LOST.
What a stunning ability to pick winners, Joe. I personally think it's hilarious that this little sh!t will vote the way Obama wants him to until the next election when he loses his place to damn near anyone from CT that wants to run against the traitor. Obama may be smarter than we originally gave him credit for, which was a damn sight more than McCain. After seeing how this was handled and watching the rest of Obama's moves so far, I'd say our country made the right decision.

Posted by: dennissuper | November 28, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

"The reason that the Senate Dems voted so overwhelmingly to support Lieberman is because they also support his platform."

Posted by: charlescarreon | November 29, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats would be doing Lieberman a favor by kicking him out of the Caucus. But why would they want to do a favor for a backstabber like Lieberman? The do better to marginalize him in the Senate; to slowly leach away his power; while using him when it suits them. They're holding all the cards. When he comes up for reelection, or when they need to blame someone, THEN the Democrats will get Lieberman back.

Posted by: zosima | November 29, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Where the hell did my comment go ? Are you, sir, a Lieberman Lieber ? Probably so! We, f*c* you, too !!

Posted by: donald_mcmunn | November 29, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman is a traitor. He should be kecked out of the Democratic Party. The Party would be better served without him. With his tratorous record, how could they be certained that he would vote with them. There is no way to have a filibuster proof senate, with the likes of Lieberman.

Posted by: Sebastian11 | November 29, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Terms like liar, turncoat, two-faced, weasel, enemy of free speech(see Lieberman's attempt to get Google to block his version of "jihadist" on YouTube), sanctimonious, all come to mind and many others not suitable for this arena. What to do with Lieberman? Let us all wait until his next election, as an I, I assume, and give to his opponents like we gave to Obama. Truly he is man without honor and has no place in public life, except perhaps in stocks on the village green.

Posted by: rlthorn1 | November 30, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The democrats in the senate are scared to death of the Israel Lobby. That is the only reason that are supporting this traitor. That includes Obama. They should be knocking this ball out of the park. This just goes to show you the raw power of the Israel Lobby in Washington and specifically in the White House. If you would ask the democratic voters to vote on whether they should "pardon" Lieberman the answer would be a resounding HELL NO!!! John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt were absolutely "right on the money" with their comments on the Israel Lobby's undue influence and in this case "control" of congress and the White House. The democrats in congress FEAR retribution from the Israel Lobby if one of the Israel Lobbies "finest" is given the boot. That is why they will never do anything or say anything against their masters.

Posted by: mherron1111 | December 1, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

As much as Democrats were caught between a rock and a hard place on what to do with Lieberman, that's nothing like where he finds himself. He won the last election positioning himself as an "independent" because a lot of his (Democratic) voters expected he'd remain loyal to the Dems, despite his new label. However, his near ascendancy to V.P. for the GOP and his less-than-savory stump speeches against Obama will be his undoing. Don't look to get re-elected, Joe. This is your last term.

Posted by: bweyand1 | December 1, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Leiberman is a bi-partisan gesture as far as the Democrats are concerned. His power in the body is contingent on him following the lead of the new President.
Joe will be a "good Democrat" at least until 2010, at which point his continued behavior will depend on the Dems retaining control of the Senate.
In short, he's a mercenary with his own agenda and needs to be treated as such.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | December 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

No democrat has one hair on their A!! if they do not throw this piece of S!!! out of anything they can throw him out of including a window. He is a Bush loving piece of S!!!.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | December 1, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

The most damning thing that Lieberman has done is to refer to the party that nominated him for VPOTUS as the "Democrat" party. He should have been stripped of his chairmanship and drummed out of the DemocratIC caucus for that reason alone. And, incidentally, this can still happen. It does not require a 2/3 vote of the Senate as has been suggested. Be that as it may, let him keep his chairmanship, and let the voters of Connecticut decide. Also, for the uninformed, the original name for the above mentioned party was the "Democratic Republican Party" which was founded in part by Thomas Jefferson.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | December 2, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Senator Lieberman is a great American. In the spirit of one of our founder John Adams he hold the country above party unlike many of those more interested in a paycheck(ie Congress) and their staff. He supported those he thought would do a better job!--What an idea!He is a true patriot and a brave man if the prior comments are a reflection on the Democratic party. As usual, Sen Lieberman's actions are above the petty garbage.
Lucy Phelps

Posted by: ticasares | December 2, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman is a Benedict Arnold and should be exiled. He disgusts me.

Posted by: info4 | December 2, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

this man needs to be kick so far up this you no what
i dont see how he even had the nerve to get in with the people he stabbed in the back... over and over and over again....

Posted by: rnorth2 | December 2, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Poor Joe. He practices what the left pretends to live by - tolerance, diversity, bi partisan behaviour - and look what happens.

Vilified, hated, slammed.

It must be tough to be a lefty and keep ones compass pointing south.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | December 2, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

For now keep on the inside and under pressure. In 2010, replace him in all Senate positions. CT will fairly decide his fate in 2013. Being wrong on an issue is human. Being on the wrong side of history is his legacy.

Posted by: ielmar | December 2, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Hold_the_Tiger for the most part. He was adamently against the US in Vietnam, but no one in the Senate is more for being in the Middle East now than Lieberman, even McCain is less enthuiastic. I DO believe his motivation is Pro-Israel and Anti-Muslim.McCain would have eventually pulled the troops out, Liberman would keep them there as long as Israel exists. If Israel were to fall he would the first to demand the US take out the surrounding nations and re-establish Israel.
I actually admire him for supporting McCain and wanting to support who he thinks are the better candidates, even if they're Republicans. I don't think an elected candidate should give money to a candidate in a rival party though. I am surprised and disgusted with his donations, not with his support for Republicans.
I want him to lose badly in CT. I am a NYer, so I have interest in who is in charge in CT. I don't vote republican, but I would rather have one there than Lieberman. I am hoping a Democrat wins by a landslide over Lieberman and the neo-cons.
I don't want a Filibuster-proof Senate if it means they have to kiss us to Joe, turn around and only serve their own agendas and not the people's, or if they're going to develop the hubris the Cons had during son-of-a-Bush's near-fascist regime.

Posted by: NYreporter | December 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that in 4 years the people of Connecticut will be willing to re-elect this trai...I mean, man again to office in their state. His career will be OVER!!!

Posted by: Heather6 | December 3, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

If they did not keep LIEberman he would go to the repubs. The repubs had already asked him to caucas with them.

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | December 3, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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