Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Let's play "Joe Lieberman or Chuck Cadman"!

He was a longtime public servant, elected under the banner of an establishment party that was sick and tired of being in opposition. But he was also unconventional, which angered the party elite on the one hand and the grassroots on the other. As a result of this, he was finally deprived of his right to run under his party's banner when a different local candidate was chosen to run for his longtime seat. Stubborn to the core, he chose to continue the fight as an independent candidate, and after a tough race, he prevailed.

The resentment against his party ran deep, however, and he insisted on maintaining his independence despite grand overtures from the leadership. Complicating matters even further was the fact that the legislative body he was a part of was exactly matched between his former party and the other guys, so everybody knew one little vote could make all the difference. And in the end he got the last laugh: he cozied up to the other side in a key vote, giving them the victory and deeply wounding his old party.

Okay, you're right--the last sentence makes it Chuck Cadman, at least for now. But who knows what the future holds?

1 comment:

West End Bob said...

It appears the future holds whatever Joe thinks at the time will improve his power or standing. In his own words the reason he is caucusing with the dems is: "because I retained my seniority, I become a committee chair."

If the repugs make the same offer 'Ole Joe would switch over in a minute just to spite those who abandoned him after his loss in the dem primary.

Lieberman is not unlike John McCain - whose positions bend like a willow depending on the political winds - with a much more annoying voice . . . .