I’ve been involved in politics for a long time. And I’ve felt betrayed by a lot of politicians. But by none more than – Joe Lieberman.
Indeed, his announcement that he was dropping out of the Senate surprised no one and disappointed no one. We’re all so glad to see him go.
Lieberman got off to a great start. Strong, liberal Democrat from Connecticut. Al Gore’s running mate. First Jewish-American on a national ticket. I loved the guy. But then, he suddenly ran off the track.
He stabbed Gore in the back by publicly abandoning the fight over the recall in Florida. So much so that Al Gore retaliated by endorsing Howard Dean, not Lieberman, in 2004.
Then Lieberman, for all practical purposes, became a Republican. He was one of the strongest supporters of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He went so far right he lost his own primary to Ned Lamont in 2006. John McCain tried to put him on the Republican ticket for vice-president in 2008. And then Lieberman endorsed McCain over Obama and campaigned for him.
By this time, nobody wanted him. Not Republicans. Not Democrats. And not the people of Connecticut.
When he retires, not one tear will be shed – except, maybe, John McCain’s.
That’s my parting shot for today.