On Lieberman's Endorsment of McCain

by: Matt Stoller

Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 19:35


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I just want to follow up on Chris's post about Joe Lieberman.  However 'bipartisan' the Beltway press wants to portray Lieberman's endorsement of McCain, the audience right now that McCain and Lieberman care about is Republican primary voters.  That means that they must think Lieberman has appeal to Republican primary voters, and given his strong support from Republicans in Connecticut and constant praise from George Bush and Dick Cheney, Lieberman probably does. 

But if Lieberman really had cross-party appeal, he'd endorse the Republican nominee during the Democratic or Republican conventions or before the general election, when general election voters are making up their mind.  It's telling he chooses his moment to maximize appeal to Republican primary voters and minimize it to anyone who isn't.

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Lieberman's appeal (0.00 / 0)
Perhaps the McCain camp hopes that a Lieberman endorsement creates a sense of "electability" and appeal to the middle that other GOP wannabes lack, especially if Romney and Huckabee tear each other to pieces and Giuliani continues to implode.  Thus, his endorsement might have a theoretical appeal to Republican voters who would still turn on McCain if he made any noise about making Lieberman his running mate.

Of course, I'd be happy to see McCain be the nominee and end up as the Republican version of John Kerry.

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So, Clinton is Bush (0.00 / 0)
in your scenario?

"Of course, I'd be happy to see McCain be the nominee and end up as the Republican version of John Kerry."

That certainly has a strange, mirror-like logic to it.  Just as George made noise about "cleaning up" after the Clinton Administration, Clinton (or whatever other Dem is in her place) will likely be saying, roughly, the same thing come Jan. 2009.



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     ...but its right."


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Icould have said (0.00 / 0)
Dole 2.0

McCain would probably yet another man with a personal narrative relying heavily on military service who will run an inept campaign that has an aura of inevitability rather than any endearing qualities.

Also, Kerry was a loser and I would be happy to see McCain be a loser.

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I think the goal (0.00 / 0)
here is to win back the support among the undeclared in New Hampshire.  That is why his endorsement had to happen now, before NH shuts down for the holidays.

With Guiliani in free fall, Thompson deads as a doornail and Huckabee in the process of self destructing I think the GOP nomination in the end will come down to McCain and Romney. 


Listening to some of my blood-thirsty neocon relatives talk (0.00 / 0)
about Lieberman, you'd think he was a dyed-in-the-wool conservative.  They get a hard-on talking about his views on Iran and about the current war.

Matt is right.  These people know - somewhat - what they are doing.  Lieberman IS known and admired amongst pro-war Republicans who vote in primaries.  That's why they are rolling this idiot out now.

For some reason, it seems that Obama has some pathological and deep-seated psychological need for Republicans to like him.  Seriously.  It's weird.


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