Joe Lieberman -- The Man Without a Party

Say what you want about Joe Lieberman (and most people have), but you have to admire his chutzpah.

Say what you want about Joe Lieberman (and most people have), but you have to admire his chutzpah. When he got shellacked in the Connecticut Democratic primary two years ago because of his support of Bush's war in Iraq, Lieberman refused to quit. Instead, he became an independent and got elected with the help of Republicans, independents and moderate Democrats.

He returned to Washington as if nothing had happened. Democrats were willing to accept him back into the fold because his vote tipped control of the evenly divided Senate their way. Lieberman was happy because he got to be chairman of the Homeland Security Committee as part of the deal. But then came 2008. This time he really bolted in everything but name. He endorsed John McCain, made a prime-time speech at the GOP convention, campaigned across the country and said some pretty nasty things about Barack Obama in the process.

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Mark Willen
Senior Political Editor, The Kiplinger Letter