Lieberman a Sore Subject With Dems

Stumping for McCain moves onetime veep nominee further from former party
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2008 5:59 AM CDT
Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe, right, Sen. John McCain, left, Cindy McCain, second from left, Sen. Joe Lieberman, center, and Uribe's wife Lina Moreno de Uribe speak in Colombia, July 1, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Joe Lieberman, long at odds with his party over his outspoken support for the war in Iraq, has become so estranged from his Democratic colleagues since he began campaigning for John McCain that the New York Times wonders if the strained relationship is heading for a divorce. While, for example, he still attends Democratic weekly lunches, he left the room at a recent one when the presidential election came up. “It was the right thing to do,” said a colleague.

In an interview, Lieberman professes to be comfortable with his "uncomfortable position." He offers a spirited attack on Barack Obama that seems to be in line with GOP “talking points,” despite Democratic calls for him to dial down his criticism, and says he's having fun on the campaign trail with McCain. But he says he doesn’t feel there’s a permanent rift between him and his Democratic colleagues. If there was a point of no return, “I’d know it when I saw it,” he said.