Last night, 11:08 pm my time, 12:08am on Haloscan, I responded to a commenter with this:
I have stated many times I think Lieberman would make a great VP for a Republican candidate.
I still think so.
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Which led to a few follow up comments... you can find here.
Before that, back in January of this year I said in a post:
Why not run a ticket with McCain/Lieberman, talk about a purely bipartisan administration... that would, indeed, send Hillary and most all of the other Democrats running for the hills, screaming and tearing their hair out as well as quite a few Republicans joining them.
Imagine my surprise to be browsing around today and find this over at Weekly Standard.
Read the whole speech on Lieberman's website. As for Rudy and John and Fred and Mitt and Mike: Take a break from kissing babies to pick up the phone and congratulate Joe. Seek his endorsement after you win the nomination. What the heck--offer him the vice presidency. (Rudy, you might try State or Defense, since you'll need a pro-life running mate.) But McCain-Lieberman, Thompson-Lieberman, Romney-Lieberman, Huckabee-Lieberman--those sound like winning tickets to us. It's true, given the behavior of the congressional Democrats, the GOP nominee might well win with a more conventional running mate. But why settle for a victory if you can have a realignment?
He originally was talking about Joseph Lieberman's speech which we brought to you yesterday and is still being talked about today.
He seriously took the Democratic politicians to task for their idiocy and being willing to endanger America for nothing more than to score a political point with their far left, liberal, unhinged faction of their party supporters.
Here was the except that I showed yesterday:
The subject of Senator Lieberman’s talk was “The Politics of National Security,” in which he spoke about the future of the Democratic Party and its response to the threat of Iran.
In the address, Senator Lieberman stated, “Since retaking Congress in November 2006, the top foreign policy priority of the Democratic Party has not been to expand the size of our military for the war on terror or to strengthen our democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East or to prevail in Afghanistan. It has been to pull our troops out of Iraq, to abandon the democratically-elected government there, and to hand a defeat to President Bush.
“Iraq has become the singular litmus test for Democratic candidates. No Democratic presidential primary candidate today speaks of America’s moral or strategic responsibility to stand with the Iraqi people against the totalitarian forces of radical Islam, or of the consequences of handing a victory in Iraq to al Qaeda and Iran. And if they did, their campaign would be as unsuccessful as mine was in 2006. Even as evidence has mounted that General Petraeus’ new counterinsurgency strategy is succeeding, Democrats have remained emotionally invested in a narrative of defeat and retreat in Iraq, reluctant to acknowledge the progress we are now achieving, or even that that progress has enabled us to begin drawing down our troops there.”
Senator Lieberman also indicated, “…there is something profoundly wrong—something that should trouble all of us—when we have elected Democratic officials who seem more worried about how the Bush administration might respond to Iran’s murder of our troops, than about the fact that Iran is murdering our troops.
There is likewise something profoundly wrong when we see candidates who are willing to pander to this politically paranoid, hyper-partisan sentiment in the Democratic base—even if it sends a message of weakness and division to the Iranian regime.”
Go read his whole speech.
Considering I find William Kristol as a good writer with a wonderfully analytical mind, so I find it a compliment that he agrees with what I have been stating for over a year now.
Joe Lieberman would make a great Vice President for a Republican President.
I might not agree with Jolting Joe on a lot of social issues but I have said since I first started blogging, he is a man of principle and those are hard to come by these days, especially in our politicians.
A winning ticket if I ever saw one.
All my Lieberman Posts can be found here on one page.
[Update] The Corner is game for the idea!!!
Mark Noonan has me beat, he says he mentioned it before I even knew what blogs were in 2005...LOL
Seriously, I could never vote for Lieberman as President because too much of his agenda is liberal, but I do think he would make a great VP, the mixture of a Republican President with Lieberman as VP would temper extremism of either side.
It is something to think about.