Lieberman offers congrats to Obama, pushes bipartisanship

November 5, 2008

WASHINGTON – Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, previously a Democrat now an independent, bucked his colleagues a lot this year including in what some considered the ultimate betrayal — backing the Republican presidential hopeful, John McCain, and for the less than kind words he had for Democrat Barack Obama.

But after Obama’s victory, Lieberman issued a statement congratulating him on his “historic and impressive” victory.

There have been some questions about whether Lieberman might no longer be welcome in the Democratic caucus, but Sen. Charles Schumer said last month that that issue would be dealt with after the election.

“Now that the election is over, it is time to put partisan considerations aside and come together as a nation to solve the difficult challenges we face and make our blessed land stronger and safer,” Lieberman said in the statement. “I pledge to work with President-elect Obama and his incoming Administration in their efforts to reinvigorate our economy and keep our nation secure and free.”

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Lieberman should be impeached or recalled. He is a political opportunist going with whatever way the political winds blow.

He stands for nothing.

Posted by Dennis | Report as abusive

Lieberman is indeed a horrible person. I’m convinced he cares more about Israel than the US. This country would be much better off without him.

Posted by Steve Barry | Report as abusive

Lieberman is a disgrace. He wants to back McCain, fine. But to spew the same, tired Republican lies and distortions about Obama means he should be gone.

I’m sure my fellow CT voters will deal with him when the time comes.

Dump Joe

Posted by greg | Report as abusive

As a Connecticut Democrat I am utterly ashamed, on so many levels, of Joe Lieberman . He should be stripped of his seniority in the Senate.

Posted by mb | Report as abusive

I have to say, if the Dem’s are smart, they will play nice with Lieberman so he will caucus with them. I’m not sure that it would be wise to push him to the filibusterer side of the aisle?

Posted by Erik | Report as abusive

You should all be ashamed of your hateful comments. If Obama is your leader and says goodbye to hateful politics why are you saying such horrible things. Everything you dislike about the Republicans you are too – look in the mirror.

Posted by Dan | Report as abusive

I say take away his chairmanship and if he wants to be a republican, then so be it.
He has this idea like Bush, everyone is suppose to bow to him and do as he says.
If he does not like it too bad.

Posted by Carl Justus | Report as abusive

You guys? Lieberman’s an independent. That means he can do anything he wants whether the Republican or Democratic party likes it or not. Should be impeached? Please. Should other Republican senators who said similar things be impeached as well?

Posted by A sensible lefty | Report as abusive

I believe it is the custom for members of the Senate to refer to their fellows as “the honorable Senator from…(X State) It would be an extreme stretch of language and ceremony for Senators to apply this custom to Joe Lieberman who is an embarrassment to truly honorable members of the Upper House and to Jewish American. If he had any integrity at all, he would have resigned from the Senate already.

Posted by mythster | Report as abusive

Joe, has no where to go, but out. The whole independant thing is a crock. If he had been the “Chosen” republican one, McCain may have had a shot. But then, that would have been the Ultimate Middle. Two guys from the middle of nowhere,….

The fact that they could not overcome the challenges of the obvious opportunity demonstrates taht they are not fit to lead at the presidential level. Natural Order reigns again….

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

Lieberman is a jinx, i hope he stays on the republican side till the end of time, back when he was a democrat we suffered, we lost elections that shouldve been won , so congrats to the republicans on their new ally, we wish them many more election losses to come.
p.s i dont think we will see a republican majority of anything till the year 2052 so please adjust your calendars accordingly.peace……..

Posted by sam | Report as abusive

Sucking up to whichever party is in power, what a troll.

Posted by Eric Hopkins | Report as abusive

Lieberman should have to register as a foreign agent of Israel.

Posted by JMM | Report as abusive

Lieberman is an independent NOT democrat or republican! We as a nation support Israel? So what is the problem? We have just witnessed the greatest change happen in our election because we rejected the Right wing media trash talk. Lieberman is indeed jinx but not a horrible person!

Posted by Unix | Report as abusive

Joe lieberman is an American hero who shrugged off the anti-war wimps in the Democratic Party.
He would do well to change parties.

Posted by Early | Report as abusive

Joe Lieberman loves Israel far more than he does America. He wouldn’t give a second thought to the lives of American soldiers being shipped off to war so long as it suits Israel.

Israel cautions against Obama dialogue with Iran

Already the Israeli government is trying to push its foreign policy on our government. Not as though listening to Israel and green lighting everything Israel has undetaken, has really gotten us, Israel or the middle east, very far.

Posted by joe the reader | Report as abusive

Hay folks, remember Joe Lieberman did not become an independent until after the Connecticut Democratic Party decided to cast him out. That is when and why he ran as Independent. If you want to play the blame game then blame all of the voters of Connecticut who voted him back into office. Evidently they value the credibility of Lieberman’s political experience and presence.

Posted by Retrofit | Report as abusive

Lieberman has great insight into the importance of Israel to US Middle Eastern Foreign Policy, such Insight will be most valuable to an Obama Administration that has vowed to withdraw from Iraq, leaving Israel again as our main eyes and ears into issues regarding the middle east. Obama’s middle east policy is already drawing skeptic view from Israel’s Foreign Policy chiefs and Obama should be sitting down with Lieberman right now to assure Israel, which has autonomous rights to defense against a nuclear Iran, of his commitment to Israel as our First and potentially Last remaining True Ally in the Middle East.

For Obama to snub lieberman would not be wise for his administration, in my opinion he could be the single most important potential ally in the entire senate.

Regardless of personal opinion toward him as an independent who sides with republican’s on Middle East matters. We must ask Why? as certainly he has good reasons.

Posted by James Harris | Report as abusive

Lieberman should have been stripped of his committees as soon as he ran as an independent against the Democrat that beast him in the primary.

Democrats should get tougher about these matters and not pander to the ‘wishy washy’ likes of this opportunist!

His voting record is Republican, voting Democratic only when he knows that the bill will not pass! By voting this way he creates the illusion that he is backing the Democrats!

Posted by Robert Egan | Report as abusive

Joe Lieberman should be ejected from the Democratic party and then shipped off to live on a kibbutz in Israel. He is a traitor to this country by serving the interests of the Jewish state before his sworn duty to the United States. Let us hope that Barack Obama can begin to reverse the devious manipulations of Joe Lieberman, the neo-cons, and the pro-Israel Pacs and get a just settlement for all the people of the Middle East.

Posted by Irrascible | Report as abusive

Libermann siding with McCain wasn’t a big deal, Obama supporters need to stop being so sensitive. I didn’t vote for either of them, they’re essentially the same to me.

Anyone who supports continued backing of the terrorist nation of Israel needs out of our gov’t, so we can move forward.

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

Lieberman is the lowest sort of political worm – just the sort one would hope will become extinct under the bright ight of an honest government.

The Dems must strip him of his chairmanships. To kowtow to the worm now would demonstrate their own lack of spine and integrity. Toss him out of his chairmanships. There are plenty (well, a few) moderate Republicans who clearly have more intelligence and integrity (Olympia Snowe, for one) with whom the Dems can work. To maintain that the Dems ‘need’ Leiberman is ludicrous.

Let him crawl back under his rock.

Posted by One With A Brain | Report as abusive