The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Lieberman Card: Don't Underestimate It
If there is one major politician who strikes fear into the heart of Barack Obama, it is Joe Lieberman, who has emerged as a primary surrogate for John McCain in this campaign. It isn't just that Lieberman is so highly regarded by a small but not insignificant number of Democrats and a decent number of independents. It's because Lieberman successfully executed something like the model John McCain hopes to use in this election to defeat a leftist opponent in the fact of a heavy pro-Democrat tide.
Specifically, Lieberman was able to rely on his popular "brand," including his reputation for independence, to defeat a leftist Democrat in a liberal state despite his staunch support for a very unpopular war (today, almost two years later, the war is merely unpopular). This is essentially what McCain hopes to accomplish. Although McCain lacks Lieberman's consistently liberal record on domestic issues (and for that reason won't carry Connecticut), he's making a good run so far at eroding Obama's support among independents and Hillary Clinton-supporting Democrats.