If there was ever any debate about whether or not Joe Lieberman was going to turn Republican, I think his vote on cloture yesterday lays the question to rest. You can see in the screenshot from the NY Times that he voted “No” on the resolution that would’ve opened debate on the anti-surge resolution.
That puts him even farther to the right of the seven Republicans who voted “Yes” for cloture:
The Republicans who broke ranks were Senators John W. Warner of Virginia, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Gordon H. Smith of Oregon, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, and Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine.
If you were a bona fide independent, I could see voting “Yes” on cloture and then “No” on the actual anti-surge resolution. But his vote not to even entertain debate on the resolution shows where his true colors lie. Afraid of even holding a debate about the matter? Pathetic. Et tu, Joe.