September 2nd, 2008
11:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Lieberman's days in Dem caucus drawing to a close

ST. PAUL (CNN) – Lieberman’s making an anti-partisan speech in front of a deeply partisan audience. Republicans see Lieberman as a way to attract Jewish voters. But polls indicate that Jews solidly prefer Obama, and that Lieberman’s popularity among Jewish voters has diminished. But it makes for an interesting tableau: odd to hear mention of global warming at a Republican convention.

He praised Clinton to a Republican audience – not generally safe thing to do. He’s trying to paint McCain as a more genuine unifier than Obama. The idea of John McCain as a maverick has become an object of heated partisan dispute. Maybe in 2000 it was undisputed. But not this year. And they’re beginning to raise questions about Sarah Palin as a maverick too. Did she really oppose the Bridge to Nowhere?

Lieberman’s days in the Senate Democratic caucus are numbered. The moment Democrats get enough votes to hold a majority without him, he’s gone.

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  1. Larry B.

    Could that audience look any more comatose? Could those speakers sound any less enthusiastic? It looks like they raided the local morgue to fill the seats. The big black buzzard of doom is gliding over this shindig, and everyone there seems to know it.

    It's supposed to be the Republican PARTY! Lighten up! Have some fun! Party like W. used to!

    Of course the conservatives are stuck with a loser, so they may as well live it up a bit.

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. v.a.

    transparent.

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. Lee from FL

    It is not honorable to sell out your fellow democrats.

    please hope McCain wins or you are done for

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Jason

    Your a loser and a hater..... I love it!!

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. eman

    By praising Palin too, Lieberman undermined his whole speech.

    Up to that point one could believe he said what he knows about his colleague, and what he truely believes. But after praising Palin like that, it is clear that he would say just anything.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. CNN is biased towards the Republicans

    Lieberman can always go to Alaska.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Independent, white female for Obama

    Goodbye Joe and don't let the door hit you in the as-!

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Kona

    This is one of the worst speaches I've ever heard. Joe L. is not only incredibly boring, but he's clearly playing to anger, fear, and the same tired rules of the game that the Republicans play this time every four years. Really, this is a joke.

    Furthermore, this is one the least diverse crowds I've ever seen. It's like a southern revivalist meeting. Nothing against my own European ancestry, but goodness where is the diversity here. Not just ethnic diversity, but even appearance. All the men look like ranchers or bankers. All the women look like lawyers or house wives. Nothing wrong with that, but when you get the same people in the room it's the quickest way to "group think," and when you vote this way you get the results we have now. Sad.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Ken

    Lieberman has never really been a Democrat anyway, has he?

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. Obama for President!!!

    Lieberman stated that "this is no ordinary election, because these are not ordinary times" - no kidding. These are not "ordinary times" because we have had 8 nightmarish ineffective years that have left us in a war we never should have entered into, with a broken economy, and very little respect from people abroad. That's why we need Obama, not more of the same!

    It makes absolutely no sense that Lieberman would agree with Obama on the issues 95% of the time but would then vote for McCain. Unfathomable.

    September 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. Just Saying

    Yeah, stick a fork in him. He's DONE.

    September 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. IL

    good bye and good riddings to bad rubbish!!!! Away with Lieberman!!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  13. Al Ram

    Sen. Lieberman is I believe one of the characters in the Last Supper. He is acting naturally.

    September 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  14. Cheri

    Joe Lieberman is a turncoat.He will never be excepted back into the democratic party.What a loser.I am so sick of hearing about John McCain and his being a pow.Is this all he has going for him?

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. Anthony

    One word for Liberman ..." TRAITOR"

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. Mike in Cincinnati

    Will do, Joe. I will vote this November not for the party, but for the candidate that will best move this country forward. I will vote for Barack Obama.

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Arkansas Undertaker

    You better believe he is gone!

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Lori

    just listened to the last 2 speaches...blah blah blah...how boring!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Mr. Educator

    I guess it is easy to be stabbed in the back and still smile giving a speak praising one of your best friends.

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. NoBama

    Never before in history has the democratic nominee for President been as far left … or had less experience … than Barack Obama.

    You can't really believe he will ever actually be President can you?

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. David

    The opportunity to lose this weasel is reason enough to vote for Democratic senate candidates.

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  22. Brad Rothman

    Party Politics aside: Senator Lieberman sounded bitter from a previous presidential election.

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. Obama/Biden 08

    You are right Lieberman... we shouldn't vote for a party, but for the person. That's why we should all vote Obama, and not McCain.

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  24. Jennie

    Liberman is what we call a traitor in military

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. Kevin

    Bill is right, Lieberman is gone. His speech will do more to unify the Democratic party and a lot of Independents, like mysel, to vote for Barak Obama than anything else.

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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