In contrast to McCain, Joe Lieberman’s task is relatively easy, but he still has to play his cards right.
Chris Bowers wonders whether Lieberman will actually caucus with the Dems if wins in November. As much as I agree that a Senate hinging on Lieberman’s choice is a pretty nauseating prospect, I have a hard time believing that Holy Joe will actually jump to the GOP.
Lieberman’s entire political profile rests upon his identity as a Democratic maverick. It’s the reason he gets on Fox News, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and the Sunday talk shows. Without it, he’s just another Senator and failed Presidential aspirant. He can’t go over to the GOP and play the same role; that space is taken by St. John and to a far lesser extent, Chuck Hagel.
Moreover, Lieberman isn’t that old–64, I think. He’s going to want to run again in six years, and he can’t do that as a Republican.
So I suspect that Lieberman will stay with the Dems, keep all of his seniority, and be a completely unreliable vote for Harry Reid, while repeating GOP talking points for the next six years.