Both Joe Lieberman and John McCain seem to be in deep trouble with their constituents. Lieberman’s approval rating in Connecticut is an abysmal 25%, while 67% disapprove of his performance. Most alarming is the fact that the numbers are only very slightly better among independents—and he claims to be one. (I think he’s still technically an “independent”—or did the mercurial Mr. Lieberman change coats again while I wasn’t paying attention?)
For his part, it looks like Mr. McCain may face a primary challenge from the extreme right to his historically cozy position among Arizona Republicans. If New York 23 is any indication of what might happen, an ultra-conservative challenger may just gum things up enough for McCain to force his (in my opinion) long-overdue retirement.
Lieberman has almost three years left on the clock before his judgment day at the polls, but McCain’s term is up this year. Both are quintessential politicians in the most negative sense of the word: willing to do or say anything to sway the gullible American public to give them another few years of bandstanding and throwing their weight around. But after the events of the last two years, during which both men have changed direction with every breeze that came along, even the most casual voters—those who cast their votes for a party or a single issue—may be fed up.
Books could be written about the inconsistencies and betrayals of both McCain and Lieberman, and it's not my intention to list them here. Let's just hope that if the good citizens of Connecticut and Arizona should decide to cut their senators loose, they will provide us with lawmakers who are consistently honest, rational, and willing to work with others to get things done.