Had things gone just a bit differently in Florida in 2000, Joe Lieberman might be ending his second term as a Democratic vice president. Instead, the now-Independent is delivering a primetime RNC address and again being bandied about as a potential veep—this time for John McCain. The Boston Globe takes a look at how Lieberman now finds himself courted and detested by both sides of the aisle.
Many Democrats consider Lieberman a turncoat—an online petition to oust him from the Democratic caucus has 52,000 signatures—but Democrats would lose their majority status if he officially switched parties. But Republicans agree with Lieberman on precious few domestic issues, and many dread the longshot notion of a McCain/Lieberman ticket. A Harry Reid spokesman said Lieberman has “always been there” for Democrats—except little details like Iraq, and now presidential politics.