Lieberman refuses to close door on switching parties
HARTFORD, Conn. --Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday repeated his pledge to caucus with Senate Democrats when the 110th Congress convenes in January, but refused to slam the door on possibly moving to the Republican side of the aisle.The thing that Joe Lieberman is most interested in is Joe Lieberman. His ego was badly damaged when he was rejected by Connecticut Democrats and that will never heal. He was elected with Republican money by Republicans. Chuck Schumer and the DSC may yet regret not supporting Ned Lamont and by omission letting the Republicans elect Joe Lieberman. Of course the Republicans can't really trust Joe Lieberman either. In the end Joe is all about Joe and not much else.
Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he might follow the example of Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont, who left the Republicans in 2001 and became an independent, ending Republican control of the U.S. Senate, Lieberman refused to discount the possibility.
"I'm not ruling it out but I hope I don't get to that point," he said. "And I must say -- and with all respect to the Republicans who supported me in Connecticut -- nobody ever said, 'We're doing this because we want you to switch over. We want you to do what you think is right and good for our state and country,' and I appreciate that."