Thursday, June 5, 2008


Sen. Joe Lieberman has been joined at the hip with Sen. McCain, even becoming one of Sen. McCain’s lead attack dogs on Obama’s candidacy. But it looks like Sen. Obama is not going to put up with it much longer, and is finally confronting Lieberman. Check out what Roll Call is reporting.

… during a Senate vote Wednesday [last week], Obama dragged Lieberman by the hand to a far corner of the Senate chamber and engaged in what appeared to reporters in the gallery as an intense, three-minute conversation.

While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.

Using forceful, but not angry, hand gestures, Obama literally backed up Lieberman against the wall, leaned in very close at times, and appeared to be trying to dominate the conversation, as the two talked over each other in a few instances.

Still, Obama and Lieberman seemed to be trying to keep the back-and-forth congenial as they both patted each other on the back during and after the exchange.
Afterwards, Obama smiled and pointed up at reporters peering over the edge of the press gallery for a better glimpse of their interaction.

Obama loyalists were quick to express their frustration with Lieberman's decision and warned that if he continues to take a lead role in attacking Obama it could complicate his professional relationship with the Caucus.

I doubt that anything is going to change. Lieberman long ago showed who he wants to be president, and could care less what the Democratic Party or Sen. Obama think. Still, this is encouraging.

- Mark

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