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Lieberman’s Liberalism

Do not be fooled: Sen. Joe Lieberman is a liberal.

Over the last two days I’ve discussed the candidacy of Sen. Joe Lieberman (D.-Conn.) and the difficulty he faces attempting to gain the Democratic nomination (see here and here). Lest anyone be fooled into thinking Lieberman is anything but a liberal, here is some evidence of his leftist tendencies.

Partial Birth Abortion

On six occasions, Sen. Lieberman voted against a ban on partial birth abortion. Two of those votes were attempts to override the veto of President Clinton, a name Lieberman frequently invokes as the model of Democratic leadership the U.S. needs.

  • 104th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #596: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995 (HR 1833)
  • 104th Congress, 2nd Session, Roll Call Vote #301: Attempt to Override Clinton Veto of HR 1833
  • 105th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #71: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 (HR 1122)
  • 105th Congress, 2nd Session, Roll Call Vote #277: Attempt to Override Clinton Veto of HR 1122
  • 106th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #340: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000 (S 1692)
  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #51: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003
  • International Criminal Court

    Last year, Sen. Lieberman was one of 19 Senators who voted against the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act. The Act, which was added as an amendment to a supplemental spending bill to respond to terrorism, provides protection for American servicemembers, and other Americans acting in official capacities, from prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

  • 107th Congress, 2nd Session, Roll Call Vote #140: American Servicemembers’ Protection Act
  • Ashcroft Nomination

    After President Bush nominated John Ashcroft for the Attorney General slot, Democrats went into full attack-mode. Under the guidance of Senators Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.) and Patrick Leahy (D.-Vt.) and at the urging of their leftist core constituency, they railed against Ashcroft and pushed for his defeat. They failed to kill the nomination, but were able to get enough votes to sustain a filibuster had they wanted to attempt one.

    Liberals saw the nomination vote as a “shot across the bow” to the President that the Senate Democrats would filibuster anyone perceived “too conservative” to serve in the federal government. Joe Lieberman was one of those Democrats.

  • 107th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #8: Confirmation of John Ashcroft to be U.S. Attorney General
  • Filibuster of Miguel Estrada

    The Democrats’ filibusters of the judicial nominations of Priscilla Owen, Miguel Estrada, and William Pryor have been well documented, both in HUMAN EVENTS and other publications. This unconstitutional blockade of three superb nominees to the nation’s circuit courts has been prompted, like many other Democrat efforts and campaigns, by the leftist core of the Democratic Party, especially the pro-abortion crowd.

    Sen. Lieberman, not surprisingly, has agreed to the demands of the liberal establishment and has voted to sustain the filibuster of Miguel Estrada. And though he has missed all three cloture votes on Priscilla Owen and the cloture vote on William Pryor, he has not stated anything to indicate he would have acted contrary to the demands of the Democratic leadership and liberal advocates regarding the nominations.

  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #40 – 1st Cloture Vote on Estrada Nomination
  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #53 – 2nd Cloture Vote on Estrada Nomination
  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #56 – 3rd Cloture Vote on Estrada Nomination
  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #114 – 4th Cloture Vote on Estrada Nomination
  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #140 – 5th Cloture Vote on Estrada Nomination
  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #143 – 6th Cloture Vote on Estrada Nomination
  • 108th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call Vote #312 – 7th Cloture Vote on Estrada Nomination
  • ACU Ratings

    Sen. Lieberman’s lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union is a meager 20. Who is his company in that area? Well, here’s a list of a few other Senators’ ACU ratings:

    Lincoln Chafee (R.-R.I.) – 47
    Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) – 42
    Robert Byrd (D.-W.V.) – 31
    Jim Jeffords (I.-Vt.) – 26
    Blanche Lincoln (D.-Ark.) – 23
    Tim Johnson (D.-S.D.) – 21
    Joe Lieberman – 20
    Minority Whip Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) – 20
    Bob Graham (D.-Fla.) – 18
    Maria Cantwell (D.-Wash.) – 16
    John Edwards (D.-N.C.) – 15
    Herb Kohl (D.-Wis.) – 15
    Joe Biden (D.-Del.) – 14
    Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D.-S.D.) – 14

    Quotes

    Finally, though he likes to sound like a moderate, Sen. Lieberman has said many things that have given away the fact that, at heart, he adheres to much of the big-government, liberal Democratic mantra and the special interest groups that control the party.

  • “. . . [President Bush has] given a huge tax cut that we can’t afford to people who already can afford just about everything they want.” (National Press Club, August 4, 2003)
  • “We’re weakened by our continuing addiction to old energy, and a rise in the thermometer’s mercury ever so slight may change the way we live on this planet for decades, maybe forever. But George Bush says, ‘Drill deeper,’ and he pulls America out of the international alliance trying to stop the warming of our planet.” (National Press Club)
  • “The people I meet all across this country want their government to keep them safe, to protect their jobs, to help them afford health care and higher education, and to secure their retirement.” (National Press Club)
  • “Some [Democrats] . . . recently rejected a prescription drug plan in the United States Senate — sacrificing, I fear, the interests of our elderly on the altar of politics. I was proud to stand with Teddy Kennedy in saying that we must begin providing older Americans with the medicines they desperately need now.” (National Press Club)
  • “I imagine America protecting our God-given environment, not plundering it. . . .” (National Press Club)
  • “We can’t afford these tax cuts anymore.” (National Press Club)
  • “We didn’t realize at the time, Al Gore and I, that we not only needed [NAACP President] Kweisi Mfume fighting for justice here in Florida counting votes, we need him on the Supreme Court where the votes really counted. Maybe that’ll happen some day.” (Apology to NAACP convention for missing a presidential forum, July 17, 2003, source: Connecticut Post)
  • “We’ve got to pick [universal health care] off step-by-step. . . . I’m going to have a plan that I am going to introduce in the next couple of weeks which will guarantee every American worker if you lose your job, God forbid, you are not going to lose your health insurance. That’s my promise tonight.” (AFL-CIO Democratic debate, August 5, 2003)
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