Sunday, December 17, 2006

Because Rumors are Fun

From the Raw Story:


While much of Washington kept rapt attention on the health of Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota, an article in Salon today speculated that President George W. Bush could tip the Senate to a Republican majority via other means -- namely, appointing Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut to be America's next Ambassador to the UN.
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Conason acknowledges that Lieberman, having fought so hard to keep his seat, is unlikely to give it up. But he points out that Lieberman was a candidate for the job of UN Ambassador at an earlier time. And, he also suggests that the move could be used to put Lieberman on course to be the Vice Presidential candidate on a ticket with John McCain in 2008.


I don't put much stock in this story, but it would make sense. It would be a rare win-win for Bush. Lieberman is a popular political figure, and probably wouldn't have much trouble being confirmed. Republicans could then retake control of the Senate, at least for the next year.

But I agree with Conason that Lieberman isn't likely to sacrifice the seat that he just fought so hard to win back. Bolton's old job doesn't have nearly as much power or influence as Joe's current gig. There's little to nothing for Lieberman to gain as UN Ambassador.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

An intro context sentence would be helpful - speculation on Lieberman as UN ambassador.

Anonymous said...

If Stevens or Ginsberg were to step down I could see Lieberman accepting a SCOTUS nomination

Anonymous said...

Never happen. Ambassador to the UN is a pointless job. Much better to be a US Senator, particularly with Smokin' Joe's unique situation bridging both parties. The far left among the CT donkeys are unhappy with Joe, but everyone else is OK with him. Joe doesn't need to do anything to advance the rumor of a McCain/Lieberman ticket.

Anonymous said...

Never happen. Ambassador to the UN is a pointless job. Much better to be a US Senator, particularly with Smokin' Joe's unique situation bridging both parties. The far left among the CT donkeys are unhappy with Joe, but everyone else is OK with him. Joe doesn't need to do anything to advance the rumor of a McCain/Lieberman ticket.

Anonymous said...

Lieberman is a useful fool for McCain in the Senate but there is no way in hell he'd put him on his ticket.

Anonymous said...

and here comes...Senator Nancy Johnson...that would be great!!!

Connecticut Man 1 said...

Give up 6 years in the Senate for what would only be a 2 year stint at the UN? I don't think so... Unless the Carlysle Group promises to hire him. LOL

Connecticut Man 1 said...

And another thing...

Does anyone here think that Democrats wouldn't block that nomination in committee? So much for speculation on tipping the Senate that way. Joe is not going to the UN.

Anonymous said...

Lieberman is exactly where he wants to be. He's up for sale. He has disproportionate power in the Senate. And he'll 'go' with the highest bidder. Treacherous old fool. And we, the citizens of CT, put him in this catbird seat! Shame on us.

Anonymous said...

Exactly who in Washington is not for sale?