"The fact that Lamont was making a big deal out of the fact that George Bush gave me a hug after one State of the Union speech, you know maybe we'd better in this country if there was more hugging and less hating," he said. "I mean it." (AP)
And yet. How can I reconcile that with the hate-filled primary campaign he ran?
Lieberman is known as someone who is willing to go against his own party, even when it costs him politically. So let me ask this question: is he a bridge-builder? Does he bring people together? Can he really reach out and bring liberals and conservatives to the same table?
Or is he just a rebel? It's not so hard to switch sides every once in a while, if you take no one and nothing with you.
Maybe there aren't any bridges left to be built. The chasm is too wide, the work too unforgiving. To be a bridge between two sides rapidly retreating from one another is to be torn apart. Who wants that kind of sorrow and pain?
"Lieberman says more hugging would be a good thing." Associated Press 17 September, 2006.