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What Happened to Joe Lieberman's McCain '08 Bumper Sticker?

Why is Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) McCain 2008 bumper sticker half scratched off his car?

Why now, now that his choice for president has lost and he's trying to retain relevance in the Democratic-controlled Senate?

A Senate aide reports to the Sleuth: "I was in my car on Constitution Avenue in front of the National Gallery waiting for the light to change when I noticed that lo and behold who but Joe Lieberman himself was in the car sitting next to me. He was being driven by a young male staffer and was furiously scrolling through his blackberry. When the light turned green, they pulled ahead of me and I saw a McCain 2008 sticker on the rear bumper, half scratched off!"

The (snarky) Senate aide added, "Just in time for that secret ballot vote I guess."

Having confirmed that the bumper sticker was, indeed, half scratched off, we wondered if Lieberman did want to remove all traces of "McCain for President" from his person before facing a jury of his Democratic colleagues this week. After all, why would he want to remind his liberal colleagues why they no longer like him?

But a source knowledgeable about the fate of Lieberman's bumper sticker assures us Senator Lieberman had nothing to do with its removal. In fact, no one (person) scratched it off the car, he insists.

The McCain bumper sticker, according to the Lieberman source, was "merely scraped by another car" that accidently backed into Lieberman's vehicle. (Oh, Hadassah's car?) Furthermore, the source says, the accidental bumper sticker removal occurred "sometime prior to the election." In other words, when Lieberman thought he still had a shot at becoming secretary of state in a McCain administration.

"No reason for sticker shock," the source insists, adding, "the election is over and it is time to move on."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 17, 2008; 5:27 PM ET
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Those chummy Dem senators have no idea the amount of fury there is in the rank and file towards Joe Lieberman. If they don't vote away his chairmanship and his seniority tomorrow, there will be hell to pay.

Posted by: Pupster | November 17, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MatthewAvitabile | November 17, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

There's a room in hell for him all ready and waiting.

Posted by: cythera45 | November 18, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Let us all hope that Sen. Lieberman, if he retains his committee chair, actually does something worthwhile this time around. Losing the entire McCain bumber sticker would be a wise first step.

Posted by: uutset | November 18, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

i have it from a good source that ashley todd's attacker scraped off lieberman's bumper sticker.

Posted by: metropolitannyc | November 18, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

In my heart, I'm convinced that Joe must go.

However, the very winds of political karma (the law of cause and effect) might well win the day in case the caucus relents and let him stay in the Homeland Security Chair.

Since Obama led the charge for mercy and compassion, then Joe will be forever indebted to the man to whom he once considered a Marxist. As a former Connecticut resident, I can assure you (especially since Joe's disapproval ratings in his home state are rivaling Bush's national numbers) that unless Joe reaches some sort of epiphany and falls into line with the Democratic leadership, he can kiss his last remaining chances of keeping his current job past 2010 goodbye.

In the meantime, between now and next Yom Kippur, I hope Joe engages his soul in the deepest of searches.

Posted by: fredlevy | November 18, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

When Carville was name-calling Richardson, he should have used the charge for Joe Lieberman, "Judas Iscariot". If Obama continues to reward disloyalty, I think I am going to puke. For decency's sake, offering the SOS position to Clinton is proof that the GOP criticisms may in fact be correct; "This is not change, this is status quo and frankly we are thrilled!" Lord, when Kissinger is praising this possible appointment, we should all be worrying if Hell is freezing over.

What the hell is wrong with everyone? She totally fabricated her Bosnia fairytale and went on to repeat the story at least 6 times! This is the woman the Dems want as SOS?! I just can't stand it.

'Five Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Not Be Secretary of State' by Ken Silverstein in Harper's, should be read by everyone! Please read this and encourage Obama to choose better than this fraud of a Diplomat.

Posted by: MaggieCat | November 18, 2008 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman did NOTHING with his chairmanship while BushCo trampled the Constitution but I'd be willing to bet that if the Democrats allow him to keep the position, before Obama's first term is over, Traitor Joe will be working furiously to dig up some trivial "inconsistancy" that desperately needs to be investigated by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Politically, I think they have to cede his seniority, but for gods sake least remove him from the chairmanship!

Posted by: WilyArmadilla | November 18, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

There will be hell to pay if Joe Lieberman gets to keep his Chairmanship of Homeland Security. There is no good reason for allowing him to keep it. The truth is as many on the right and the left have said including most recently Republican senator Kyl, Joe Lieberman will vote the same way no matter what letter is behind his name. That being the case why let him keep the chairmanship when he will still vote against Democratic interests? We already have a good majority, we can't count on Lieberman to vote with Dems on important issues, he campaigned for downticket republcian senators on the platform that a Dem filibuster proof majority is "dangerous", and he has smeared our president elect. The Democratic Senators better remember one thing, either Joe Lieberman loses that chairmanship or they will lose the grassroots in fundraising and GOTV in two years. They would do wise to consider that

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | November 18, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Slow news day?

Posted by: lorddunsmore | November 18, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

What to say about Joe? Traitor or loyal, he hoped for a stellar role under McCain not just carrying Sarah's traveling bag. His reward?, considering his questionable judgement, who wants him to be the chief of the Homeland Security Committee? He made his bed with the Republicans, move him off that Committee and see if he is more Republican than Democrat. If he isn't demoted, he may look for an opportunity to scuttle Obama's boat! He isn't a friend , he's an enemy!

Posted by: naahbob | November 18, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Let’s put this in perspective. Lieberman has already marginalized himself. He cannot damage anyone, aside from himself, no matter what position he holds. To be an effective turncoat one must work behind the scenes so that no one knows what he is doing. Lieberman outed himself just like the other modern day turncoat, John McCain. Lieberman and McCain think they can play two ends against the middle. They have always done what they think is to their own advantage. When that means siding with the Republicans, they do. When it means siding with the Democrats, they do. Just like McCain, Lieberman is not a maverick, he's an opportunist.

Lieberman rightfully condemned Bill Clinton’s Monicagate behavior. However, he wasted no time jumping on the Gore ticket when he saw the opportunity to become Vice President. Gore never disavowed Clinton, but Lieberman’s principles were flexible enough to ignore that fact when it worked to his advantage.

Why people like Lieberman and McCain chose to be part of a group like the Senate, rather than operate as individuals, is a conundrum. They think they are better and smarter than everyone else. They seem to have outsmarted themselves this time. Maybe they should form a party of two – the Opportunist Party.

Posted by: gboesky | November 18, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Compared to what the Senator of Israel said about Obama during the election process, a sticker is no big thing. Pundits have it that the Democratic caucus will vote (In secret! Why ?) to maintain him in his Chair at Homeland.

How useless can those Senators be ? How far will they go to demonstrate they want to act in a bipartisan way ? LIEberman is an independant and if he wants to join the Republicans, so be it. The bad choices he will make will be on his conscience (should I doubt he has one ?. Strip him of the Chair.

Posted by: eldorado421 | November 18, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

In the case of Joe the Traitor; Keep Your Friends Close, Keep Your Enemies CLOSER!

Posted by: mikekitts87108 | November 18, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

gboesky, when you said; "Just like McCain, Lieberman is not a maverick, he's an opportunist.", I think you NAILED it! In all these months, I've never heard (especially McPain) summed up better. Kudos to you.

Posted by: NVNewsHound | November 18, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman wet his own bed. Let him sleep in it. Liberate him from his committee assignments, and give him some time to rest.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 18, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It's a necessary shame that Lieberman got to keep his chairmanship and stay in the caucus. The democrats need his vote and they had no choice but to held their noses and vote to keep him. Luckily, it will not be for long. Lieberman made a very bad choice when he decided to support McCain's smear campaign. In two years, when he comes up for reelection, few people from his state will want to reelect a snake in the grass as their representative. Hopefully, he will soon be sent to pall around with Sarah Palin in Alaska. Those two belong together.

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Posted by: diana9 | November 18, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm posting just as Lieberman has been voted to keep his HS committee chairmanship. Probably for the best. The Connecticut Dems. and voters will decide what to do with him and now the Senate Dems. won't have to take the heat. Hey, it's the way politics works.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | November 18, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm a registered democrat that supported McCain because the Democratic Party has moved too far left of center. I have great respect for Senator Lieberman for bucking the radical left that now controls the democratic party.
You folks are overreacting; the elections over, it's time to remove the campaign stickers and get on with business.

Posted by: FMFDOC | November 18, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

LIEberman is a consistant LIAR..When he began campaigning for McCain he told his Democratic caucus that he would not attack Obama. The Senators supposedly respect 'A man's word' as his bond. Every vitrolic statement, every exagerated claim made AGAINST the President-elect personally, shattered the value so very much more. His breaking of the promise is what I learned distanced his fellow Democratic Senators the furtherest of all his sins. That, we were informed, was the primary disservice and injury inflicted by Joe the "TURNCOAT" LIEberman. I will donate to his opponent in the 2012 election and in addition am considering not voting for any candidate of any party for state or federal office in both the 2010 and 2012 elections. My own protest against the weak-kneed,'repudiation' of Joe the "TURNCOAT"

Posted by: apissedtaxpayer | November 18, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

If my classics education serves me well, the center ring of hell is reserved for those who have betrayed their leaders. Brutus and Cassius, the leaders of the assassination plot against Julius Caesar are still residing there.

That seems to fit the traitor Joe Leiberman. I will not forget ole sycophantic Joe, with the jackal smile, following closely behind McCain, but worst of all, the comments about the Dem candidate. Too bad the Conn election is far off, but when it comes, the people of Conn will show ole Joe. Of course, he may decide to retire in disgrace, at the end of this term.

Posted by: caesarganz | November 19, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I could suggest some approprate replacements for the half-destroyed sticker!

Posted by: momsablogger | November 19, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Did it cross anyone's mind that the McCain sticker might have been removed by a supporter of the Democratic candidate? I say this because I returned to my vehicle after a recent Redskins game and found my McCain for President bumper sticker balled up on the ground and a note under my windshield wiper that read: "Obama will be your President, get used to it" I'm sure Senator Lieberman would be glad to clarify again who he supported for President.

Senator's serve their constituents, not some leadership hierarchy, and need we be reminded that the citizens of Connecticut elected Joe Lieberman, not the Democratic candidate to serve them in the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: taylors5 | November 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I applaud Obama for walking his talk, and taking the less traveled path to unity. As to Lieberman, I think he's a schmuck, not because he supported McCain, but because he trashed Obama in the process. There will be retribution coming to him in some form I'm sure; these Washington insiders do their nasty work behind the scenes, perhaps a blanket party is in order.
We do need to manage his neo-conservative actions on the Homeland Security committee; as his ties to Israel have clouded his judgements by supporting Dubya lock step on the Iraq war, and harsh santions towards the Palestinians. Where's the mitzvahs Joe, cause you sure don't seem to have much contrition for your sins?

Posted by: thegunslinger | November 19, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mr. Lieberman should move to Israel. For one thing, he surely loves Israel more than America; if at all he cares about America, it is only insofar as he can benefit from it. For another, the Israelis might make him a senior-level minister or something.

Posted by: bob55 | November 19, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Joe is a weasel and that should be clear to most. For some reason, we don't see that smirk that was common when he stood behind Mr. McC. Lieberman will learn what I was taught in my early days climbing the corporate ladder. It's not your superiors that you need to worry about so much but rather your peers. Old Joe had better start wearing knee protection as they now have bulls eyes tattooed on them for ever.

Posted by: hercster44 | November 20, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

2 more years.

100-to-1 Connecticut will dump him and we will finally put a spine in the chair Lieberman now occupies.

Posted by: bumper9949 | November 20, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

If Bush loving Lieberman is allowed to have any part in the democratic party I will spend the next 4 years campaigning for an independent party as I will no longer vote for the democrats and I would never vote republican. America just showed they want a new direction and we may want a really new direction.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 23, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

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