03 March 2008

Independent Joe Lieberman: Still Awesome

It's been awhile since we wrote about Joe Lieberman--too long, in fact.

Last night as we were scanning the news channels, we happened across Sean Hannity's interview with OL&L favorite, Senator Joe Lieberman (I), Connecticut.


Hannity: The big question is, how are Democrats reacting to you supporting Senator McCain?

Lieberman: Well, not unexpectedly, generally they're not happy. one of the most noticeable, ridiculous things that has happened in response to my endorsement of John McCain is that the headquarters of the connecticut Democratic party in Hartford, they've taken my picture off the wall. That sounds a little bit like the Soviet Union, when a member of the Politburo didn't do well. Generally speaking, I think the people in Connecticut, who re-elected me, God bless 'em, know that I'm doing what I think is right for the country and that's more important than party loyalty. I feel good about it.

Hannity: It sounds a little like Alan Colmes. He took my picture down off his wall as well. You're in good company. Let me ask you: you were also a super-delegate and I understand that status has been stripped from you as well. Don't the Democrats realize that if they lose your support, that they potentially lose power?

Lieberman: Well, that's their call. You know, I wouldn't go to the Democratic National Convention this year as a super-delegate which I was entitled to do because obviously I'm not going to support the nominee of the Democratic convention. My appeal to Democrats has been to essentially come home, come back to the proud tradition of the Democratic party--Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Scoop Jackson--you can be progressive on domestic policy, but you better be strong and tough and principled on foreign policy. Until we do that, as Democrats, I don't know that the American people are going to trust a Democrat to run this country, to be the president.

Hannity: We've got this big primary, "Super Tuesday 2," taking place: those that think that Hillary is out of this, do you think that she has any chance to catch up here?

Lieberman: The momentum is clearly with Senator Obama and against Senator Clinton. At this moment he's touched by magic dust. I'd never count Hillary Clinton out. She's able. She's a tough fighter. But I'd say the momentum is going against here right now.

Hannity: I don't know if you've had this experience, I've never had anybody faint at a Sean Hannity speech. We have these instances we've been showing our audience on a fairly regular basis. What do you make of Barack Obama? What do you make of Obama-mania--the fact that people are reacting to him this way? It seems that people know very little about him. When I ask people if they know anything specific about him, they don't. What do you make of his popular support?

Lieberman: There's no question that he evokes a feeling of hopefulness and change. All of us feel good about the fact that in this country an African-American, for the first time, is a credible candidate for President. But after you go beyond the broad expressions of hopefulness and change, the programs and policies he's recommending are not programs of change. And if he's talking about change, it's in the wrong direction: to pull our troops out of Iraq, just when they're succeeding against the al-Qaeda enemy; to try to be a protectionist again. In fact, I think John McCain is going to emerge in this campaign as the real reformer. This is a guy who says what he believes, is restless for change. Look, some people don't like John McCain because he says what he believes. There's not a single group within the Democratic party that Barack Obama has taken on. I think as time goes on, the American public are going to ask themselves, "is this very gifted young man really ready to be the President we need at this time in our history?"

Hannity: I'm very concerned about his association with from the weather underground, William Ayers, a guy that admitted to bombing the Pentagon, police headquarters in New York,. His spokesman said that they have a friendly relationship, that he's gotten friendly contributions from. In light of this being your overriding issue and mine for this campaign, do you think that's going to be trouble for him as we move forward?

Lieberman: It may be. He's got to deal with those kinds of associations. Anybody in public life knows that anything about your life--public and maybe private--can become public in an instant. It's true that none of these radicals are running for President, Barack Obama is. But he's got to make clear to the voters why he has these associations and make clear that he doesn't share their point of view, because that's not the point of view that the overwhelming majority of Americans have.

Hannity: Senator, just to make it fair, the next time you give a speech, I'm going to make sure that there are people in the crowd who will faint.

Lieberman: God bless you.

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