2006-11-14

The Shoeless Joe Factor

You pro-war, right-wingnuts may just have the last laugh after all.

Shoeless Joe "Independent Democrat in Name Only" Lieberman may just jump the aisle. It wouldn't be surprising, but it would be insulting. Lieberman's vice-presidential candidacy helped Gore lose in 2000, as many Dems disliked Lieberman and his record, and for good reason. But he promised to remain a Democrat, and now he is balking. Will he walk, or will he stand in the box and play team ball.

Joe owes nothing to the Dems, and perhaps he owes a bit to the GOP. Still, Lieberman has proven that loyalty means nothing to him.

Who will place the highest bid for a Senator? That's the question.

3 comments:

Paul Hue said...

The only thing GOP about Joe L is his support for Bush's war, and the repos are split on that. Joe supports miminum wages & price controls, including socialized medicine, which are concepts that the repos unified against. He would be a very weird repo. But whom he caucuses with will determine which of these parties get to chair all the comittees.

sixstringslinger said...

I have to agree. I thought it was B.S. when Jim Jeffords left the GOP in mid-term to become an independent (In name only. He's a Democrat, lets face it.) I would feel the same way if Leiberman joined the GOP after being elected as an independent. If he'd run as a Republican I doubt he would have been re-elected.

I think if an elected official wants to switch parties, then he/she should have to resign and wait, or at least wait until the next election and run under that party affiliation.

Nadir said...

"I think if an elected official wants to switch parties, then he/she should have to resign and wait, or at least wait until the next election and run under that party affiliation."

I agree.

Lieberman really isn't as liberal as his detractors say. He is more a Nixon Republican, which these days would qualify him as a DLC Democrat. Same with Jeffords. The Republicans have moved to the right as have the Dems.

Lieberman will probably wait to see where he will rank on committees to decide whether he will jump.