Call Lieberman an Independent Democrat (The Associated Press, 11/13/06)
He was a Democrat who won re-election as an independent, so Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman now says he wants to be called an Independent Democrat.
If that’s not confusing enough, the three-term lawmaker who will caucus with Senate Democrats would not rule out entertaining entreaties from the GOP if he starts to feel uncomfortable among Democrats.
Lieberman was returned to office on Election Day with strong GOP support, running as an independent after he lost the Democratic primary in August to Ned Lamont.
The senator is in line to become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The question is whether his ambitions end there. If they do he can stay a Democrat. To go higher he probably needs to switch.