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Lieberman on McCain’s short list of VP candidates?

Good grief, I hope not.  From Financial Times:

Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee who has endorsed John McCain, is being vetted as a potential running mate for the Republican presidential hopeful, according to an adviser to Mr McCain’s ­campaign.

Mr Lieberman, who has campaigned for the Arizona senator, has long been ­considered an unconventional but plausible choice for Mr McCain.

Democrats have rejected Mr McCain’s image as a maverick politician, Mr Lieberman’s support for the presumptive Republican nominee has, much to the chagrin of his former ­colleagues, helped to boost Mr McCain’s reputation as a bi-partisan legislator with friends on both sides of the aisle. Mr Lieberman, a staunch supporter of Israel, could also help Mr McCain win over Jewish voters.

“[McCain] loves Lieberman. And he is on the [short-]list because Lieberman has never embarrassed anyone, never misspoken. The first rule is, don’t take someone who costs you votes,” said one McCain adviser.

Not a bad idea. Ergo,…

But not everyone would be enthusiastic about Mr Lieberman being added to the ticket. While Mr Lieberman has staunchly defended Mr McCain’s support of the surge, the escalation of US troops in Iraq, and the lawmakers have teamed up on legislative proposals to ­combat global warming, the registered independent is aligned with Democrats on most other issues.

“Conservatives would be pissed as hell – I think you would have a revolt, but sometimes John does what John wants to do,” the McCain adviser said. …

Look, I respect Liebs for his not caving to the moonbat wing of the Democrap Party, and for not adopting the hostile anti-military sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of his former party.  He’s been a steadfast supporter of the war on terror, and his ability to see the big picture (beyond political gain) is commendable.  Plus, watching him deflate the moonats’ ballons in 2006 by smiting their tinfoil candidate Ned Lamont in the CT general election was pure enjoyment!

Having said all that, the guy is not a Republican, and he most certainly is not a conservative.  The common wisdom (take it or leave it) is that McLame could use some conservative credentials on his ticket, especially if he wants to shore up the conservative base of the GOP.  Picking Liebs is not the way to go about doing that.

But, as we all know, Juanny Mac marches to the beat of his own drum.

August 10, 2008 Posted by | conservatism, Lieberman, McCain | 2 Comments