BLITZER: What a difference an election makes. Many people thought his
political future was in peril only a few months ago. Yet now Senator Joe
Lieberman of Connecticut could just be one of the most powerful people in
the United States Senate.
CORAL COSTELLO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Wolf, Joe Lieberman certainly made many
sit up and say, what did he just say? Could this longtime Democrat switch
parties and allow the Republicans to maintain their edge in the Senate, just
as the Democrats are ready to grab it?
We do know this: Joe has his mojo back.
That's right Democrats, I hope you're paying attention! Joe Lieberman and his
friends in the media want to make absolutely certain that you're prepared
to bow down to his majesty and accede to his every demand.
"Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee"? Well, that's ok for a
start. He'll let you know what else he wants as the mood strikes. What's
that you say? Blackmail? Please, he's Holy Joe LIEberME. He would
never do that. He's simply making sure that his former party does
what's best for his country. And only Joe is capable of judging what
is best for America, just like he did with Iraq! And anyway, Democrats
should never have allowed that snot-nosed neophyte, Lamont, to run
against him in the primary. They obviously deserve any abuse he
decides to heap upon them.
COSTELLO (voice-over): It was an amazing achievement, a Democrat losing in
the primary, losing his party support and money, only to run as an
independent in the general election. And he took the high road, never
attacking Democrats, even telling Wolf Blitzer in the SITUATION ROOM he
remained blue through and through.
That's right folks. Joe Lieberman, the guy who distributed race baiting
anti-Lamont flyers in Connecticut's black church parking lots, who started a
whisper campaign that Lamont was anti-semitic, who sent his paid thugs to
disrupt Lamont campaign events and intimidate Lamont supporters, who
rejected the will of his party's voters, reentering the race as an independent
after losing the primary, who told one lie after another about his record
and his positions, took the high road. That must be some other Joe Lieberman
we witnessed here in Connecticut.
COSTELLO: But it could be Lieberman is just feeling the love for those who
put him back in office. For a guy who's been a Democrat for decades, he sure
got a lot of Republican support. Senator Susan Collins of Maine spoke
glowingly of him. John McCain allowed two of his aides to consult with the
Lieberman camp. Newt Gingrich endorsed his run. Even President Bush chose to
support him deciding not to outwardly support Connecticut's Republican
GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I'm going to stay out of
COSTELLO (on camera): Get this: 70 percent of those who voted for Lieberman
in Connecticut were Republicans. Still, no Democrat I talked with today
actually thinks he'll switch. It's more likely Lieberman is sending a
message, and that message is, play nice with me or I can make your life
really, really hard -- Wolf.
In one short segment, CNN not only managed to reinvent Joe Lieberman as the
most ethical, deserving and powerful politician in Washington, but they also
provided justification to the public for whatever future decisions King
Joe makes during his 2 year game of Democratic blackmail.
Bravo, CNN. I can't wait for Act 2--I hear that's the part where
"Independent Democrat" Joe Lieberman and "Maverick
Republican" John McCain join forces for a 2008 Unity Party
ticket in which they singlehandedly save the world from all forms of evil,
including political partisanship and terrorism!!!