Lieberman Dem in Name Only

Former VP nominee takes GOP line in describing party's change
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 2:48 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, huddles with Sen. Joseph Lieberman.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Joe Lieberman is several months into his job as John McCain’s wingman, but, writing in Time, Michael Scherer sees shades of 2004 turncoat Zell Miller in the Connecticut independent's anti-Democrat tone. Scherer hears a “Republican general election argument” in Lieberman's claim the Dems are ruled “by a small group … that is protectionist, isolationist and basically … very, very hyperpartisan.”

Scherer writes that "the thematic coding is almost identical” to Miller, the Democratic senator who spoke at the '04 GOP convention, with Lieberman pegging McCain as the candidate most closely resembling John F. Kennedy. And Lieberman “has only begun his effort to exact revenge” for being thrown out by Connecticut Dems in 2006: Expect some Joe-mentum, Scherer says, at the GOP convention in September. (Read more John McCain stories.)