You know, his name is joe LIEberman. 126.96.36.199 23:51, 15 November 2007 (EST)
- Wakka, wakka? Researcher 23:58, 15 November 2007 (EST)
Will he become a Republican?
What would be the advantage, political or otherwise, of kicking him out of the Dem caucus?
// The funny thing is that it was his willingness to run as an independent that cost him the nomination.
That's not how i remember it. A newspaper owner(?) that disagreed with him on the Iraq war knocked him out of the Dem primary, so he ran as an Independent, and everybody said he was done for, but he won. Was that not true?
I think he likes being an Independent and won't change, tho on most issues i think he votes with the Dems. Mainly he differs on the Iraq policy. There are, after all, crossovers -- some Pubs oppose the war and some Dems support it. I wonder if that qualifies them as mavericks?
Did he rebuke Clinton for perjuring himself?
- The thing is, his polling in that primary plummeted after he announced that, if he lost the primary, he'd run as an independent anyway. If he hadn't made that pledge, many believe he would have won the primary outright. Researcher 18:43, 12 October 2008 (EDT)
- It may or may not be true, but that is hindsight, right? Wasn't he losing at the point that he made that pledge?
- The hardcore CT Dems are strongly anti-Bush and see the war as his (they believe Gore and the Dems wouldn't have gone to war), so it seems unlikely JL would have won the primary.
- Any chance you have an answer for my "advantage of kicking him out" question? Nobody else wants to answer it.
- I think that I explain him being kicked out rather well below. I don't think there is much advantage to kicking him out, but I don't see any real downside either except as explained below. This isn't just me thinking aloud. This topic was asked of various Democratic senators after Lieberman's speech at the RNC. There answer was basically: we'll wait and see. I took that to mean: we'll see were the numbers (as below) are in January. --Edgerunner76...and a hotplate! 10:03, 15 October 2008 (EDT)
He'll be kicked out of the Democratic caucus
- As our article states, I think there is a perception that he might to make it official. There just doesn't seem to be any benefit to his changing. I do see him getting kicked out by the Democrats. The caveat to that being if there are 58 Democratic senators + Bernie Sanders. They would then need Lieberman for filibuster-proofing. 57 or less or 59 or more Democratic senators and Lieberman is out of the caucus. --Edgerunner76...and a hotplate! 12:45, 10 October 2008 (EDT)