Winston Churchill on Joe Lieberman

There is talk that Senator McCain might appoint Joe Lieberman as his running-mate. For many dismayed by the 2000 race, an analogy comes to mind. In summer 1939, German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop told Winston Churchill, “If there’s war, the Italians will fight on Germany’s side.” Churchill replied, “That’s fair; we had them last time.”

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.