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Ear to the Ground

McCain Wanted Lieberman, but Chose a Question Mark

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Posted on Sep 2, 2008
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. arrives in Minneapolis for the 2008 Republican National Convention.

As little as two days before he made his VP announcement, John McCain wanted to pick friend and Democratic turncoat Joe Lieberman, according to a report in The New York Times. But as in so many other decisions in his campaign, the alleged maverick caved to the far right of his party, which threatened to sink a McCain-Lieberman ticket at the convention. In the end he chose a woman he barely knew.

Although Team McCain insists it did a thorough job of vetting the Alaska governor, the planeloads of Republicans on their way to Wasilla tell a different story, as do the headlines, many more of which are sure to come.


New York Times:

At the least, Republicans close to the campaign said it was increasingly apparent that Ms. Palin had been selected as Mr. McCain’s running mate with more haste than McCain advisers initially described.

Up until midweek last week, some 48 to 72 hours before Mr. McCain introduced Ms. Palin at a Friday rally in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, a Republican close to the campaign said. Mr. McCain had also been interested in another favorite, former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania.

But both men favor abortion rights, anathema to the Christian conservatives who make up a crucial base of the Republican Party. As word leaked out that Mr. McCain was seriously considering the men, the campaign was bombarded by outrage from influential conservatives who predicted an explosive floor fight at the convention and vowed rejection of Mr. Ridge or Mr. Lieberman by the delegates.

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By Bashonot, September 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment
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The scheme is coming more into focus. During the Dem convention, Palin and aides meet for a day with McCain aides, no direct contact; next day Palin and aides meet with Cindy, again no direct contact with McCain until the details are worked out (from news sources I can’t remember)...she will be the VP candidate through the convention to prevent a media nightmare of a floor fight (everything is media and image. They successfully scuttle media attention for Obama with this obsession 24/7 of Palin). After the convention she will be tossed under the bus with their usual pieties…enter Lieberman or Ridge for whatever eventual outcome, who knows…my question is how big was the check Cindy cut for her co-operation?

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By Frank Cajon, September 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

I think Joe Leiberman would make a great candidate for VP. Of course, that is because I want McCain to lose in a landslide. I think he has done nearly as well by picking Palin, however.

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By Ed Harges, September 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

So McCain’s REAL choice for veep was that blatant traitor, Joe Lieberman, whose only desire is to bleed the US for whatever Israel can get, even if it destroys the US?

This only underlines the fact that McCain is an absolute nightmare candidate for President.

I’m glad that he was forced to make this impulsive mistake in choosing Palin, hopefully destroying his candidacy and preventing a catastrophic McCain-Lieberman administration from coming to power.

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By Eric L. Prentis, September 2, 2008 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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This Just In!

Announcement From Sen. McCain’s Headquarters

Sen. McCain’s selection of Gov. Palin as his vice presidential running mate was a defensive ploy to confuse the Russians and others, because Gov. Palin lives close to Russia she understands this necessity, consequently, Republicans will question the patriotism of anyone who mentions this episode again.

In a do-over, happily, Sen. McCain has identified four new vice presidential candidates. Eliot Spitzer and John Edwards are in the running and promise to “use their heads in the future.”  Ex-Pakistani President Perez Musharraf would be a good VP who has a lot of free time. There may be a few problems with this selection, vetting will take place after the election sometime in 2009 or 2010. Housing inspector Trailor Trashh who lives in Mouse Burger, ND, pop. 99, really understands the housing problems because the one new house built five years ago is in foreclosure, he lives close to Canada which gives him international experience and he may have been a cook in the ND National Guard.

FLASH: The candidates listed above are just decoys to throw off the media. The person Sen. McCain will announce as his new VP choice will come out of the blue just like Gov. Palin did. Sen. McCain has his eye on a hot Hooter’s girl who he really wants to hug and feels is his soul-mate, Sen. McCain hopes that Cindy understands.

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By Kwaayesnama, September 2, 2008 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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I feel very sorry for John McCain. It’s sad that he was forced to choose a stranger to stand by his side during the most important time of his life. I wonder if it was a set up by Carl Rove and the GOP insiders to clear a path for Jebb Bush in 2012?

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By Virginia777, September 2, 2008 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

well, I’m not surprised the Far Right has such power.

We can witness their power all over our Media on a daily basis.

I can only hope that this “media-move” (in choosing Palin) blows up in their face.

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By Big B, September 2, 2008 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

You are correct, Fahrenheit. He already killed one candidacy, maybe that’s the biggest reason the repugs didn’t pick him, he’s a loser. And if there is one think the repugs hold in contempt for weakness, it’s a loser.

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By Fahrenheit 451, September 2, 2008 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

Poor pathetic, schlep, Lieberman; he wanted to be on the second losing ticket.  Sorry he missed his chance!  Maybe now he will just go away and die.

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By Theresa, September 2, 2008 at 7:02 am Link to this comment
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As a Democrat, DEMS are too soft!  They don’t know how to attack BACK. If this was a story about a the Dems, the right way Republicans would ride this story until November 4th.  I am sick fo the Dems not fighting BACK! Does Barack really think that the Repubs would say “family off limits” if it was his 17 year daughter that was pregnant! Hell no!  They would go after him with daggers and nooses.

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By Mudbones, September 2, 2008 at 6:56 am Link to this comment

Big B and Vet, so true.  I just worry that McSame will somehow pull off a win on 11/4.  GW did it twice.

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By Big B, September 2, 2008 at 5:41 am Link to this comment

You have to hand it to the pragmatic jew. He knows that his only shot at staying on the public dole is a position in a Mccain adm, seeing as how he has burned his democratic bridges especially in his mostly democratic district in Connecticut.
I still wonder how the whole Palin thing will work out. When she is forced off the ticket, which seems a good bet at this moment, old Joe will be there to pick up the pieces. But how will it play with the christian wackos to have not only a pro-choice guy on the ticket, but “the beast” as well!
(Before “right wing” calls me a racist again, I would like to point him towards the part of the dictionary containing the word sarchasm (sic)
Some thing old Mcsame should consider before any dealings with little Joe is, he’s been a traitor once already, maybe he has developed a taste for it.

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By Kellina, September 2, 2008 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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Hey Vet,
Wake up! All the candidates are in the pocket of the Israel Lobby - since JFK. No one, not even Obama, can get elected without first paying obeisance to AIPAC. Our country has been taken over. THere was a coup d’etat on 9/11/01. This Repubs vs. Dems is all a show to let the sheeple think we have democracy. We don’t.  The popular vote gets trumped by the electoral college, and if that doesn’t go the desired way, by gum, we’ve got Supreme Court judges who get to vote twice. And don’t forget our friend Diebold.

If Obama was allowed to get “elected,” be sure his life would be endangered if he didn’t toe the Israeli line. That’s way Biden is in #2. He’s solid for Israel.

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By VietnamVet, September 2, 2008 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

Well, after 4 November, the Republicans can have Senator Lieberman! The Democrats will likely have a veto proof majority and will no longer need him. Lieberman is in the pocket of the Israeli lobby and I believe it is obvious. We don’t need folks that are in the pockets of lobbies, regardless of the party. But, I suspect he is seriously thinking of changing over to the Republican party anyway…no real lose!

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