Joe Lieberman is fast becoming the Democrats' public enemy No. 1.
The four-term Connecticut senator, who came tantalizingly close to being Al Gore's vice president in 2000, not only has been campaigning for his pal, presumed Republican nominee John McCain, now he's publicly criticizing the Democrats' standard-bearer, Barack Obama. Lieberman has strayed before, most notably switching from Democrat to independent in 2006 to hold onto his Senate seat after a Democratic primary loss.
But the latest betrayal has upset Democrats, who often answer in clipped but polite tones when asked about Lieberman. The reason: The independent still caucuses with the Democrats on most issues except the Iraq war, and he holds their slim political majority in his hands.
The last time I checked, it was the Democratic party that betrayed Joe Lieberman. Upset with Lieberman's support of Iraq, they picked a primary fight with him by propping up a multi-millionaire anti-war party hack, a Kossack that had support from the George Soros sycophants.
If anyone should be upset, it's Joe. All one has to do is look at his voting record and see that he is a good liberal that votes with his Democratic peers, most of the time. The exceptions are Iraq and national security issues.
Sen. Lieberman is now an independent and can support who ever he wants without owing his former party a damned thing. Equally, he can criticize whoever he wants, without having to explain himself to the Democratic leadership, or any other left-wing organization that aligns itself with the MoveOn.Org cult.
But at this point there isn't much the Dems can do to Joe, except one thing. According to the article, there is one last shot that the Dems can fire at Joe if he doesn't fall into lock-step with party line:
There is speculation that if Democrats bolster their Senate majority this fall, they could seek payback by stripping Lieberman of his Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairmanship.
I bet Joe is really scared.
The best thing the Dem hacks could do for themselves is remember the proverbial pendulum swings back hard. The same tide that rushed them into power can pull them back out. It's the nature of the beast we call politics.