McCain-Lieberman and Unity08?

The editorial page of the New York Sun is speculating that Joe Lieberman’s endorsement of John McCain may hurt a possible independent presidential bid by Michael Bloomberg.

Senator Lieberman’s decision to flash his famous independent streak by crossing party lines and endorsing Senator McCain for president might seem to take some wind out of the sails of the idea we have been nursing of a presidential campaign by the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. If Mr. McCain fills the niche of the candidate who can occupy the centrist terrain and attract independents such as Mr. Lieberman, the Democratic Party’s 2000 vice presidential nominee, what’s the need for Mr. Bloomberg?

Well, let’s just say, it’s still early. On the eve of today’s endorsement, a Lieberman aide told us that Mr. Lieberman’s endorsement of Mr. McCain would likely not preclude Mr. Lieberman’s endorsement of another candidate, including a third party one, should Mr. McCain not win the Republican nomination.

There are plenty of scenarios about which to speculate here. Not a vote has yet been cast. But wouldn’t it be something, were the Republican nominee to end up being Governor Huckabee, to see Senators McCain and Lieberman offering their own joint endorsement of a Bloomberg for president campaign?

It’s also interesting to note that a McCain/Lieberman ticket would probably be well suited for a Unity08 nomination.

10 Responses to “McCain-Lieberman and Unity08?”

  1. Eric Sundwall Says:

    ‘Joementum’ was the best awful and most uncomfortable moment of 2004.

  2. Don ald R. Lake Says:

    I’d say ‘yuck’ ——but ‘Yuck, yuck’ would personally be more appropriate!

  3. Fred C. Says:

    I was under the impression that Unity08 was about nominating a Dem/Rep unity ticket or a Ind/Ind ticket. All the combinations we’ve discussed have focused on one partisan and one ind. Someone please enlighten me…

  4. Stephen Gordon Says:

    Fred—I don’t know what party to consider Lieberman anymore. I was suggesting that this sort of ticket might appeal to the intent of Unity08, not necessarily the rules they’ve posted.

  5. Fred C. Says:

    I see what you’re saying Stephen, but I think that’s part of the problem - the rules they set for themselves might have worked on paper a few months ago, but now that the race is shaping up those same rules might be inimical to their actual goal of producing a viable centrist ticket. That is, unless the contenders we’ve been considering all follow Bloomberg’s lead and ditch their affiliations altogether (with full knowledge that their original parties probably won’t take them back).

  6. Robert Capozzi Says:

    McCain/Lieberman and Bloomberg and Ron Paul…I say let a thousand flowers bloom!

    Libertarians like me should CHEER this development. More “plausible” non-R and D contenders > more open elections. A 4 or 5 way race including Ron Paul could > a wide-open debate.

    That’s a good thing, from where I sit.

  7. Rob Hodgkinson Says:

    The Unity 08 people when speaking here in Kansas at the Dole Institute of Politics in October talked about a R/D ticket as being OK. In fact they were pushing that option pretty hard.

    A McCain Lieberman ticket is very much in their wheelhouse for the stated goals they made here.

  8. Bobby Says:

    McCain and Lieberman? Talk about two clowns who would absolutely finish the nation off.

  9. Jake Peters Says:

    It was rumored earlier that McCain had approached Imperato regarding a potential VP Bid for an early endorsement.

  10. Austin Cassidy Says:

    HAHAHA You make me laugh every time with that.

    I also heard the Catholic Church wants Imperato to serve as the next Pope… just a rumor…

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