Politics wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable if there were less room for surprises. Few, I believe, could honestly deny that they had written the tired old warhawk off before now. Knocking down major endorsements in the first two big races, however, will certainly put a new found spring in his step.
The Boston Globe’s editorial board has endorsed Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary and the Iowa caucus, while the Des Moines Register gave its nod to McCain and Sen. Hillary Clinton, the newspapers reported Saturday.
Getting Joe Lieberman on board, on the other hand may not be seen as being quite the same milestone. (“Does this call into question the judgment of Al Gore in 2000?” is a question that might be interesting to ponder in the future, also.)
Sen. John McCain will get the backing Monday of Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat turned independent, sources confirmed.
The pair will appear on NBC’s Today show Monday morning, and then Lieberman will talk to voters at a town hall meeting in Hillsborough about why he’s supporting McCain.
Lieberman and McCain are longtime friends and allies when it comes to the war in Iraq. Lieberman was the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, but he later broke with his party over his staunch support for the war.
Today, McCain was endorsed by The Boston Globe, The Des Moines Register and the Portsmouth Herald. He was previously endorsed by the conservative Union Leader of Manchester.
My personal opinion is that this is nothing but good news for anyone whose politics swings to the left. People respect John McCain. In fact I’d even go so far as to say that he is widely liked. But when it comes time to pull the lever next November I just don’t see large numbers of people saying “yeah, I guess I’ll go with the old white guy who talks about war and danger all of the time.” Ecentricities that come across as being a little kooky during primary campaigning are also not going to look favorable whan compared with whoever gets the Dem nod.
Of course, having to campaign with eight years of Bush weighing down like a ball chained to an ankle should turn out to be an unmanageable challenge for any Rep..