Lieberman Open to GOP Convention Keynote

To any true Democrat, or any liberally minded person for that matter, the concept of even helping the GOP should be completely alien. Why would a Democrat help the very party that’s been screwing them, and the entire nation, over for the last decade?

Well, we know one answer: because they’re not really a Democrat. Case in point – Joe Lieberman:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Democratic Party’s 2000 vice presidential nominee, is leaving open the possibility of giving a keynote address on behalf of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) at the Republican National Convention in September.

Republicans close to the McCain campaign say Lieberman’s appearance at the convention, possibly before a national primetime audience, could help make the case that the presumptive GOP nominee has a record of crossing the aisle. That could appeal to much-needed independent voters.

McCain has yet to ask Lieberman to speak, either in primetime or elsewhere, at the convention. But if McCain thinks it will help make his case for the White House, as some of his allies suspect, Lieberman would be willing to speak on his behalf.

“If Sen. McCain, who I support so strongly, asked me to do it, if he thinks it will help him, I will,” Lieberman said in a brief interview.

It’s hard to believe that in just eight short years a person can go from being the Democratic VP nominee to being willing to give a keynote speech at the Republican convention. But, alas, here we are. Even though Lieberman lost the Democratic primary he’s been nominally caucusing with the Democrats. As the 51st Democrat he has immense power, and he’s been using it to pretty much give him blank check to do whatever he wants. He’s most visibly used his newfound status by lending credibility to the GOP as a “bipartisan shield” and even actively soliciting support for the GOP nominee:

[Recently] Lieberman boasted to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, “As an Independent, it doesn’t bother me at all to be honored at the same dinner with Rush Limbaugh. In fact, to show you how much things have changed for me, one of my greatest missions this year is to convince Rush to support the Republican candidate for President! The truth is I greatly admire Rush’s love for our country and support for our troops, as shown by his remarks tonight and his generous support of MCLEF. Rush has a big voice but he has heart that is even bigger.”

Maybe he’s bitter after having lost his primary seat. Maybe he truly thinks bankrupting our nation, corroding our military might, and turning us into the world’s pariah are all good things.

All I know is it’s remarks like this that have pretty much sealed Lieberman’s fate. Sure he may have been guaranteed a chairman’s seat for the rest of his term (by good buddy Reid no less) but, come 2010, the Democrats will likely still hold a large enough Senate seat lead that the threat of Lieberman bolting the part just won’t matter. He’ll have no leverage.

If you ask me that probably helps explain Lieberman’s rapid decent into GOP tool status. He’s backed himself into a corner and pretty much his only chance at not being cast out of politics at the end of his term is to be in President McCain’s favor. Whether that will pan out remains to be seen. I’d wager though that once Lieberman no longer has influential status in the Dem caucus he may find his “power” is far less then he thought.

Lieberman may soon find out what it’s like when you’ve burned all your bridges in DC and don’t have anything to barter against. And you know what? I’ll be laughing the whole time.

(edited by DrGail)

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