Lieberman's Name Ain't Benedict

We need more pols who cross party lines, says maverick junior
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2009 1:54 PM CST
In this photo provided by CBS, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., speaks after appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)

(Newser) – Joe Lieberman’s taking a lot of heat for saying he’ll join a GOP filibuster of the health care bill, but Meghan McCain thinks it’s the kind of courageous stand we need more of in politics. “It’s no secret I have an aversion to partisan politics and extremism—on both sides of the aisle,” she writes for the Daily Beast, citing moderate stalwarts Lieberman and Lindsey Graham as her favorite senators.

Recently there’s been worry over “moderate bloodletting” in the GOP, but Lieberman’s treatment proves liberals can let blood with the best of them. “God forbid any politician from either side dares reach across party lines and refuses to placate the partisan faithful.” It’s easy to preach to the converted. “If I want to hear conservative dogma, I will turn on Fox. But where do people go to listen to the Joe Liebermans of the world?”