I have always heard good things about Joe Lieberman from family members that work in some capacity within the Democratic Party. All of them say that he is a trustworthy, upfront and honest individual. Recently, this same sentiment has been appearing in the press as well.
Yesterday, I had the chance to watch an interview between Sen. Lieberman and Bill O'Reilly and I have to say I was very impressed. While I do not know where Senator Lieberman stands on many issues, one watching the interview could pick up that he is indeed an intelligent, upfront, individual. As I was watching the interview, I became more and more bothered because I was watching a man who could not win the Presidency but *SHOULD* be in the position to have the opportunity. While Mr. Lieberman may come across and dry or unmotivated, this is the kind of person the DNC needs running for the Presidency. He is not a mudslinger, he is accountable for his actions and is upfront with those speaking to him.
As you know, on Jan 13th, Sen. Lieberman announced his intent to run for the Presidency. Since that time 8 others also announced there intention to run. As the year progressed Howard Dean and John Kerry became the two strong leaders within the Democratic party. The death blow, however, wasn't until Al Gore's recent announcement that he is backing Dean for President. After being Al Gore's running mate in 2000, it was safe for many to assume Gore would back Lieberman in 2004. Lieberman even stated earlier this year that if Gore was going to run again for the Presidency, he would not enter his hat into the ring - talk about back stabbing. And this is the problem currently in the Democratic Party.
The individuals who are polished and have the right mentality are being pushed to the background for the charismatic, yet less refined individuals. The individuals who can change the party, who can help the party, are taking second seat to the glitz, arrogance and disrespectful individuals. The members who mudsling, who attack the members of their own party, are pushing the party in the wrong direction and the Chairman of the DNC is allowing it to happen, which will be his downfall.
Senator Lieberman is one who could make a difference within the party, as well as in America, but he will not stoop to the lower levels that others within the Democratic Party will. Again, I do not know where Mr. Lieberman stands on issues, but the DNC is wasting a true asset for what is easily marketable yet less substancial.