Lieberman Shakes Both Sides of Aisle

Connecticut senator stands at the middle of Republican/Democrat divide
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2008 10:53 AM CDT
Lieberman Shakes Both Sides of Aisle
In this Aug. 13, 2008 file photo, John McCain and Joseph Lieberman share a laugh while speaking to reporters during a news conference.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Had things gone just a bit differently in Florida in 2000, Joe Lieberman might be ending his second term as a Democratic vice president. Instead, the now-Independent is delivering a primetime RNC address and again being bandied about as a potential veep—this time for John McCain. The Boston Globe takes a look at how Lieberman now finds himself courted and detested by both sides of the aisle.

Many Democrats consider Lieberman a turncoat—an online petition to oust him from the Democratic caucus has 52,000 signatures—but Democrats would lose their majority status if he officially switched parties. But Republicans agree with Lieberman on precious few domestic issues, and many dread the longshot notion of a McCain/Lieberman ticket. A Harry Reid spokesman said Lieberman has “always been there” for Democrats—except little details like Iraq, and now presidential politics. (Read more Joe Lieberman stories.)

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