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Senetor Lieberman Bids Farewell

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  A 20-minute speech given in a sparsely filled chamber marked the end of the political career of U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent.

Lieberman earned the scorn of the Democratic party years ago when he embraced Republican tenets. He was a speaker at the 2008 Republican National Convention and was considered a possible running mate for his friend, Sen. John McCain. He was Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket in 2000.

Lieberman, 70, ended his 24 years representing Connecticut quietly and reflectively, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

“I regret to say as I leave the Senate that the greatest obstacle that I see standing between us and the brighter American future we all want is right here in Washington,” he told the near-empty chamber Wednesday. “It’s the partisan polarization of our politics which prevents us from making the principled compromises on which progress in a democracy depends.”

He tried to push back against the bitter partisanship that developed in the Senate, but at a high price. Lieberman was drummed out of his party — he won as an independent in 2006 after losing the Democratic primary — and chose to retire at the end of his term rather than face the prospect of losing. Despite falling from favor with Democrats, he still caucused with them, creating a rift between him and Republicans.

Lieberman appealed to his colleagues to “support, when necessary, the use of America’s military power” and “have the patience and determination when the public grows weary to see our battles through until they are won,” the Post said.

He also reminisced about his years in the Senate.

“When I started here in the Senate,” he said, “a blackberry was a fruit and tweeting was something only birds did.”

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  • NOW2 taxes

    Lieberman is my Senator, sorry to admit. Its like not having a Senator at all, not that I,m not used to it. He is the typical big centalist govt elite, only his opinion matters. I like that question to him,”What have you been smoking”? He loves Mid East wars as long as Isael approves of them. He is always for more laws and less liberty for the little people, of course its just good for you. Good news hes retiring, He knew nobody wanted him anymore. Two faces only works for so long. I just hope he doesn,t haunt Connecticut any longer like running for governor. God help us.

    • Coalminer

      NOW2 taxes
      Good post!

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