Joe Lieberman Positioning Himself for Change

There are rumors circulating that Senator Joe Lieberman might give the keynote address for McCain at the Republican Convention in September. This would be yet another chapter in Lieberman’s shift away from the Democratic Party, and another strong symbol of Independent support for John McCain.

Tobin Harshaw of the New York Times, April 16, 2008, writes:

What a difference eight years makes: “Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Democratic Party’s 2000 vice presidential nominee, is leaving open the possibility of giving a keynote address on behalf of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) at the Republican National Convention in September,” reports Manu Raju at the Hill.
The snarksters at Wonkette aren’t surprised: “Joe Lieberman and John McCain share a special bond: they are the most despised members of their political parties. So it’s only natural that Lieberman, a Democrat who acts like a Republican, might appear at the Republican National Convention to support his good friend who acts like a Democrat.”

Lieberman has been an outspoken supportor of the GOP nominee John McCain. His support is not surprising; Lieberman has actively supported the U.S presence and war in Iraq and at this stage, McCain is the only candidate standing for continual U.S presence and military intervention in Iraq. Lieberman’s presence could play a crucial role in influencing Independents, who are beginning to look like the deciding votes for the presidential elections in November. It could also have an adverse affect on conservatives, who are wary of McCain’s less traditional role and habits.