It sounds like Lieberman is making a veiled threat to change parties from Connecticut for Lieberman to Republican, putting the GOP back in control of the Senate, if Murtha’s Slow Bleed plan is approved. The Politico has the scoop:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut told the Politico on Thursday that he has no immediate plans to switch parties but suggested that Democratic opposition to funding the war in Iraq might change his mind.
Lieberman, a self-styled independent who caucuses with the Democrats, has been among the strongest supporters of the war and President Bush’s plan to send an additional 21,500 combat troops into Iraq to help quell the violence there.
“I have no desire to change parties,” Lieberman said in a telephone interview. “If that ever happens, it is because I feel the majority of Democrats have gone in a direction that I don’t feel comfortable with.”
Asked whether that hasn’t already happened with Iraq, Lieberman said: “We will see how that plays out in the coming months,” specifically how the party approaches the issue of continued funding for the war.
He suggested, however, that the forthcoming showdown over new funding could be a deciding factor that would lure him to the Republican Party.
“I hope we don’t get to that point,” Lieberman said. “That’s about all I will say on it today. That would hurt.”
The nutroots made it clear they didn’t want Lieberman as a Democrat, forcing him to run for reelection to the Senate on his own ticket. Their gamble failed miserably when Lieberman ran independently from the Democrats in Connecticut and won, proving that he is a man of his word and willing to take risks. Surely, the Democrats must know by now that Senator Lieberman does not make empty threats, so they would be wise to rethink their support for Jack Murtha’s “Slow Bleed” plan.
Hat tip: Greg Tinti
Allahpundit at Hot Air writes that Lieberman has been threatening to switch to the GOP since his reelection:
He’s been making noise about this since literally a week after the election. Exit question: Is Liebs going to stop the slow bleed? Bonus exit question: If he switches, will newly anti-war moderate Republican Gordon Smith switch the other way? He’s up for reelection in 2008 and comes from the bluish state of Oregon. Why not?