Breaking news: Independent Senator and former Democrat nominee for Vice President Joseph Lieberman will endorse Republican Senator John McCain for President.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), who was on the national Democratic ticket in 2000, will cross the aisle to endorse Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tomorrow, Republican sources said.
The two will appear together on NBC’s “Today” show tomorrow, then at an 8 a.m. town hall in Hillsborough, N.H.
Don’t think this will help McCain any place except in New Hampshire where Independents may vote for him. In fact, it very much reminds the GOP base why they mistrust McCain’s GOP values in the first place.
This endorsement in the short term may hurt Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, help Rudy Giuliani in Michigan and help Fred Thompson in South Carolina.
John McCain will be the net loser in this latest deal. But, what does he care? McCain lost this battle for the Presidency long ago.
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Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell, wearing special glasses, tries out the controls in a flight simulator that duplicates the air-to-air refueling controls of the proposed Boeing KC-767 Advanced Tanker aircraft, at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft jet engine plant in East Hartford, Conn., Friday, June 15, 2007, as Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., also wearing the special glasses, watches. Lieberman and Rell were at a rally at the jet engine plant to support the Boeing-Pratt & Whitney team in the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X Tanker Competition.
Sen. Joe Lieberman repeated his call Friday for the United States to use â€œlimited military actionâ€ against Iranian camps suspected of being used to train and equip terrorists who are killing coalition troops in Iraq.
Speaking to reporters after an appearance at a rally supporting jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney’s competition for a military contract, Lieberman said U.S. diplomatic efforts are important, but military action also must be an option.
Military action should be limited to halting Iranian training of terrorism, not to eliminate possible nuclear sites, though force could also stem Iran’s nuclear ambitions, he said.
â€œIf we don’t figure out first through diplomacy and, if necessary, through limited military action how to stop the Iranians from killing Americans and our Arab allies today it’s going to be impossible for us to do what everybody in both parties and all ideologies say we have to do tomorrow, which is to stop them from getting nuclear weapons,â€ he said.
â€œIran has effectively begun to carry out military action against American soldiers and a lot of our allies in the Arab world and if we just sit back they’re going to continue to move forward,â€ he said. â€œThey’re going to take it as a sign of weakness.â€
Lieberman first raised the issue of military strikes on Sunday. He said Friday he did so to introduce the matter into policy discussions in Washington and â€œto ask everybody to open their eyes to what’s happening elsewhere in the Middle East.â€
Agreed and like Lieberman said the first time.
Now, if the Bush White House would only stop their focus on illegal immigration and pay attention to Iran.
The United States is in a “PROXY WAR” and needs to bitch slap the Iranians, including their nuclear facilities.
Apparently, there is some debate within the White House about an Iran strategy.
The time is now, Mr. President.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, talks with U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and his wife Hadassa during their meeting in Jerusalem Sunday June 3, 2007.
Washington Times: Lieberman suggests strikes over Iran
Sen. Joe Lieberman says the United States should be prepared to take “aggressive military action” against Iran in response to its purported killings of U.S. troops inside Iraq.
“I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” the Connecticut independent said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers.”
Mr. Lieberman, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently returned from a trip to the region and said there is evidence that “as many as 200 American soldiers” have been killed by Iranians and Iranian-trained forces. Mr. Lieberman remained firm when asked whether he was suggesting strikes against Iran.
“I am. And I want to make clear I’m not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran, but we have good evidence,” he said. “If they don’t play by the rules, we’ve got to use our force and to me that would include taking military action to stop them from doing what they’re doing.”
Of course, this makes sense.
The United States is fighting a “PROXY WAR” against Iran. There is clear and convincing evidence that Iran is killing American soldiers in Iraq.
US troops attacked by Iranian military last year (The Jerusalem Post, March 25, 2007)
Military: more evidence of Iran-made explosives (Seattle Times, February 27, 2007)
U.S.: Large Cache of Weapons Discovered in Iraq Traceable to Iran (AP via FOX News, February 26, 2007)
Iraqi insurgents using Austrian rifles from Iran (The Telegraph, February 13, 2007)
Iran involvement suspected in Karbala compound attack (CNN, January 31, 2007)
Donkeys harboring weapons stopped at Iran-Iraq border (Army Times, November 2, 2006)
Barbero: Iran training Shiite insurgents (AP via Army Times, August 24, 2006)
Casey cites Iran hand in attacks by Iraqi Shiites (The Washington Times, June 23, 2006)
Rumsfeld accuses Iran of troublemaking in Iraq (AP via Army Times, March 7, 2006)
EXCLUSIVE: Iraq Weapons â€” Made in Iran? (ABC News, March 6, 2006)
Rumsfeld: Iraq bombs â€˜clearly from Iranâ€™ (CNN, August 10, 2005)
A high-ranking American military officer told the Post that senior officers in the US armed forces had thrown their support behind Bush and believed that additional steps needed to be taken to stop Iran.
Predictions within the US military are that Bush will do what is needed to stop Teheran before he leaves office in 2009, including possibly launching a military strike against its nuclear facilities.
On Sunday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut said the US should consider a military strike against Iran over its support of Iraqi insurgents.
Lieberman is RIGHT.
Should Iran reach nuclear â€œBREAKOUT CAPABILITY” Israel will cease to exist. Iran will threaten nuclear attacks directly or give their nuclear materials to terrorists who will launch attacks against the Jews.
Israelis will have the choice: relocate and abandon their homeland or nuclear extermination.
The United States and Israel understand the stakes here.
Yet, Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader of the United States Senate thinks otherwise: Reid says U.S. strike on Iran would be destabilizing
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected on Monday another prominent senator’s call for a military strike against Iran, saying a U.S. attack would destabilize the Middle East.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said over the weekend the United States should be prepared to use military force to stop Iran from training and equipping Iraqi militants blamed for the deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Iran has denied supplying Iraqis with armor-piercing munitions and U.S. officials say they cannot prove complicity on the part of the Tehran government.
But Lieberman, appearing on CBS’ Sunday program “Face the Nation,” said the United States had “good evidence” that Iraqis were being trained to use the weapons at a camp inside Iran. He advocated a military strike in retaliation, saying much of the job could be done with air strikes.
“The invasion of (Iran) is only going to destabilize that part of the world more,” Reid said on Monday after speaking at a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress think tank.
“I know Joe means well, but I don’t agree with him,” the Nevada Democrat added. He advocated continued diplomatic efforts with Iran instead.
The questions are:
Will Senator Joe Lieberman tolerate the Democrat’s appeasement policies towards Iran?
Or will he jump ship from an independent to the GOP? Thus, making the GOP the majority party
And will American Jews support President Bush’s inevitable military action against Iranian nuclear sites?
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
How do you count to 50?
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The last time the Senate convened with a perfect balance of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, the two parties struck a power-sharing agreement.
Republicans got control of the Senate, but gave Democrats equal representation on the committees that drive the legislative machinery.
Six years later, with Democrats poised to take power with a 51-49 edge in the incoming Senate, the possibility of another evenly divided chamber hovered over the Capitol Thursday as Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota recovered from brain surgery.
If Johnson is unable to serve, South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds, a Republican, would appoint someone to fill his vacated seat. A Republican appointment would split the Senate anew, giving Vice President Dick Cheney the tie-breaking role and handing control of the chamber to Republicans.
Will the pressure be placed on Lieberman to swtich over like Jeffords in 2001?
Does it look like Johnson will be able to resume a normal political career?
He probably will defer and resign even if he makes a complete comeback/recovery. Why endure the stress at his age? For Harry Reid and the Democrat caucus?
Harry Reid may be the Senate Majority leader in January 2007 but will he be able to hold it and a Democrat majority?
Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) celebrates his victory in the U.S midterm elections in Hartford, Connecticut November 7, 2006.
Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday repeated his pledge to caucus with Senate Democrats when the 110th Congress convenes in January, but refused to slam the door on possibly moving to the Republican side of the aisle.
Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if he might follow the example of Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont, who left the Republicans in 2001 and became an independent, ending Republican control of the U.S. Senate, Lieberman refused to discount the possibility.
“I’m not ruling it out but I hope I don’t get to that point,” he said. “And I must say — and with all respect to the Republicans who supported me in Connecticut — nobody ever said, ‘We’re doing this because we want you to switch over. We want you to do what you think is right and good for our state and country,’ and I appreciate that.”
Lieberman can demand any committee and any assignment he chooses in the new United States Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is Joe Lieberman’s BITCH.
Carl Levin can shoot his mouth off about Iraq War policy but change is going nowhere without Joe Lieberman on board.
Captain Ed has Jumpin’ Joe?
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Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) celebrates his victory in Hartford, November 7, 2006.
Sen. Joe Lieberman’s press conference Wednes-day at the Goodwin Hotel had been billed as a chance for the senator to elaborate on what he’d proclaimed the night before â€” that his re-election as an independent would send him back to Washington shorn of his obligations to parties and political concerns.
But if the press conference was any indication, the nature of Lieberman’s new role is a work in progress.
On the one hand, the senator, repeating a line from his victory speech Tuesday night, pronounced his win a â€œdeclaration of independence from partisanship.â€
Moments later, however, he was assuring reporters that he was still a member in good standing of the Senate Democrats, still in line to retain the perks that partisan affiliation provide, such as his position as ranking member and potential chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
The Senate Democrat Leadership will give Lieberman whatever he wants. If not…….The GOP takes back control of the United States Senate.
Joe has Harry Reid et. al. by the short hairs……
As the NUTROOTS crowd goes wild……..
Stay tuned…..Joe has not had the last laugh yet.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., left, marches in the Connecticut Veterans Day Parade with U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, right, and radio personality Brad Davis, center, in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006.
Incumbent Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman holds a 50 – 38 percent likely voter lead over Democratic candidate Ned Lamont, with 8 percent for Republican Alan Schlesinger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Five percent are undecided.
This compares to a 49 – 37 percent Sen. Lieberman lead over Lamont, with 8 percent for Schlesinger in a November 1 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University.
In this latest survey, Lieberman leads Lamont 79 – 3 percent among likely Republican voters, with 16 percent for Schlesinger, and 52 – 35 – 7 percent among independent voters, while likely Democratic voters back Lamont 66 – 27 percent.
“For Connecticut voters, Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s experience and record outweighed challenger Ned Lamont’s position on the war in Iraq,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.
“It appears that Ned Lamont peaked in August and that Alan Schlesinger was never able to convince his fellow Republicans that he deserved their support.”
The Fat Lady has SUNG in this race.
The NUTROOTS have lost yet another race and Ned Lamont has WASTED millions of his own funds.
Will Lieberman switch to the GOP?
Perhaps……..or switch to the Bush Administration and a GOP Governor will appoint a GOP Senator.
Hugh Hewitt highlights Lamont’s desperation – calling Joe Lieberman INSANE.