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December 10, 2005

Lieberman upsets Democrat colleagues with his Iraq views

Topics: Judicial Activism

[Image - Carol T. Powers for The New York Times]

Joe Lieberman continues to rile his more liberal moonbat Democrat colleagues because of his support for President Bush and the war in Iraq.

Lieberman has told those who are trying to blame President Bush for anything and everything that they need to get over it because Bush is the commander in chief for the next 3 years.

An aide to another leading Democratic senator who insisted on anonymity said the feelings toward Mr. Lieberman could be summed up as, "The American people want to hold George Bush accountable for the failed policy in Iraq, and Senator Lieberman doesn't."

Mr. Lieberman, who remains immensely popular in his home state, is aware of the hornet's nest he has stirred.

"Some Democrats said I was being a traitor," he said in an interview on Friday, adding that he was not surprised by the reaction, "given the depth of feeling about the war."

Although some Democrats are upset with Mr. Lieberman, Republicans are embracing him, with President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld singling him out, and his support for the war, for praise in speeches this week.

"He is entirely correct," Mr. Cheney said on Tuesday at Fort Drum, N.Y. "On this, both Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree. The only way the terrorists can win is if we lose our nerve and abandon our mission."

Concerns about Mr. Lieberman's coziness with the administration grew this week when he had breakfast with Mr. Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. Later, rumors spread that Mr. Bush was considering asking Mr. Lieberman to join the administration to succeed Mr. Rumsfeld next year as defense secretary.

Senator Lieberman's comments to his fellow Democrats, that President Bush is the commander in chief for the next 3 years and that should "get over it," is sound advice - not only for Democratic politicians, but also the media.

Is the NY Times listening?

Posted by at December 10, 2005 8:00 PM

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