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He’s one of the Senate’s most confounding members, whose support for both the Iraq War AND the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” -- gave new meaning to the political color purple. (Vide from: KNTV)
SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (I-CT) (SEPTEMBER 2, 2008): “What, after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this? Well, I'll tell you what. I'm here to support John McCain, because country matters more than party.” (VIDEO FROM CNN)
Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman will not seek reelection to a fifth term in 2012. The news broke Tuesday, the same day Democratic Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota announced he, too, wouldn’t be running for re-election. But it seems Lieberman’s news eclipsed that of Conrad. (VIDEO FROM ABC AND NY1)
The New York Times ran the story Tuesday night. But even before official confirmation from Lieberman’s office -- his aides were helping the Times write his political obit.
“...his aides said he had been particularly proud of his leadership in the Senate... [and] was best known for his centrist positions and outspokenness on issues of morality.”
Cue the 2012 “bigger picture” predictions. CNN’s John King muses -- President Obama is looking for a defense secretary. What are the odds for Lieberman -- who -- remember, endorsed McCain?
JOHN KING: “But he essentially said to Barack Obama, nice young man, not ready to be president of the united states. Is there any chance they will forgive and forget?”
ED HENRY: “Highly, highly unlikely. He has the credentials, you're absolutely right. But after giving that speech in Minneapolis/St. Paul and saying he's not ready to be president, he's not ready to be commander in chief, how do you make him defense secretary?”
Slate’s Emily Bazelon -- a Connecticut native -- calls the news of Leiberman’s retirement disappointing -- but not for the reasons you might think. She wanted to opportunity to vote him out -- not let him bow out.
“...there is the spectacle of it all: After each act of grand or petty betrayal ... the Democratic Party ... came back begging for more. … he never let anyone forget he was the 60th vote.”
So what are the Democrats to do without their not-so-reliable 60th vote? Fox News hosts turn their attention to the Republicans’ cause celebre -- repealing President Obama’s health care overhaul.
“I mean, let's say, you know, the Senate is not going to repeal health care right now and many believe today's actions are symbolic in nature. But then what happens the next time around if the Senate turns Republican and now you have a Republican House and a Republican Senate and a democrat president or maybe you have a Republican president...”
Finally -- a writer for Vanity Fair says while the media speculates the future of Lieberman and the Democratic party -- what’s surprising is no one seems to be looking at the Oval Office.
“Miraculously, most campaign-centric news organizations have—so far—refrained from interpreting this statement as a wink that Lieberman will run for president in 2012. After all, presidential hopes have been divined from thinner air.”
In his formal announcement Wednesday, Senator Lieberman said his decision stemmed from his belief his politics don’t fit into today’s political environment – that politics changed – but he didn’t.
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