Joe Lieberman: “Yeah, Sure, What’s Wrong With Supporting a Republican for President?”

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Lieberman sat down with Fox News on Sunday and said that he is considering supporting a Republican for president. I’m going to put some block quotes below so you can read for yourself, but consider this question: Is this a product of (1) Joe’s anger from the treatment he received from the Democrats in the last campaign cycle, when Democratic Party support for Ned Lamont almost ended Joe’s political career, (2) a genuine rightward shift in Joe’s thinking, or (3) Joe’s desire to scare the crap out of the Democratic Party to gain leverage and to force it into buying him off with deferential treatment and plum positions/gigs? Hard to tell.

WALLACE: Let’s look ahead to 2008. Are there any Democrats who appear to be running at this point that you could support for president?

LIEBERMAN: Are there any Democrats who don’t appear to be running at this point? Look, I’ve had a very political couple of years in Connecticut, and I’m stepping back for a while to concentrate on being the best senator I can be for my state and my country.

I’m also an Independent-Democrat now, and I’m going to do what most Independents and a lot of Democrats and Republicans in America do, which is to take a look at all the candidates and then in the end, regardless of party, decide who I think will be best for the future of our country.

So I’m open to supporting a Democrat, Republican or even an Independent, if there’s a strong one. Stay tuned.

There’s a ton of smarmy Lieberman being Lieberman. Bashing Democrats, agreeing with the president… Read it for yourself.

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