Sen. Stump Thumper : Blog Of The Nation With news breaking that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) gets to keep his post as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, BOTN takes a last look at Lieberman's slams on the stump.
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It's no secret Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) supported Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for president, and today we learned that, in spite of it all, he'll get to keep the chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Talk about turning the other cheek! So, what, exactly, is "it all?" Here are some of Lieberman's ring-shaking Obama slams... Or, more accurately, wiggly, vaguely equivocal put-downs...

Marxist? Maybe. In April, on the Brian and the Judge radio show, Fox News' senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano asked Lieberman if Obama might be a Marxist. Lieberman responded,

I must say that's a good question. I know him now for a little more than three years since he came into the Senate and he's obviously very smart and he's a good guy. I will tell ya that during this campaign, I've learned some things about him, about the kind of environment from which he came ideologically. And I wouldn't...I'd hesitate to say he's a Marxist, but he's got some positions that are far to the left of me and I think mainstream America.

Probably Bad for America. At a foreign policy forum held at at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Lieberman delicately denigrated Obama's trade policies:

If Senator Obama really follows through on some of the things he's said, I think that those anti-trade policies will have the net effect of putting us — I don't want to be alarmist but putting us into a lot worse shape economically than we otherwise would be, let me be as diplomatic as that... This is a fateful decision.

Kinda Unpatriotic. Stumping for McCain in York, Penn., in August, Lieberman let the crowd know the real choice, as he saw it, in the race for the presidency,

...between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put his country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate that has not.

So, now that we know Lieberman will keep his seat, he's going to have to work with this possibly Marxist, potentially unpatriotic president-elect and his bad ideas. Good luck with that, fellas!