Politico Still Living in the Past

Joe Lieberman is not a Democrat any more. Did they not get the memo on this one?

A Democratic attempt to set a March 2008 goal to begin withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq failed to win majority support in the Senate this afternoon as three Democrats – Sens. Joe Lieberman (Conn,), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) – crossed the aisle and voted with Republicans.

Lieberman, of course, lost the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary last year, only to come back to win the general election as an independent. It was in the papers, I’m pretty sure.

I tried commenting over there, but they don’t seem to want to accept a comment from me, hence my complaining over here.

ADDENDUM: Here’s how to recap the 50-48 vote properly.

Only one Republican, Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon, voted in favor of the measure. Two Democrats, Senator Mark Pryor or Arkansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, voted against it, as did Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut. Senators Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota who is ill, and John McCain, an Arizona Republican who is in Iowa, did not vote.

Don’t McCain’s people realize how bad this looks? That his absence on Iraq votes will be used by opponents to attack him?

UPDATE: Politico changed the text but it’s still not right. It now reads, “three Democrats – Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn,), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).” ID is not a party designation; it is part of Lieberman’s campaign rhetoric that he is a so-called “Independent Democrat.” In reality, his political party is called Connecticut for Lieberman. Anyway, the man is an independent, if we define that as anything other than an R or D, and not a Democrat.


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