I make a proposal in my New York Sun column today. That’s, if elected, Barack Obama should grant a political pardon to Joe Lieberman, who Democrats view is an apostate for his support of John McCain and hawkish policies.
“If Mr. Obama wants to demonstrate his willingness to change the way Washington does business and to overcome ‘the politics of division and distraction’ — both of which he has vowed repeatedly — he should offer Mr. Lieberman a political pardon and ask Mr. Reid to allow Mr. Lieberman to keep his chairmanship, if Mr. Obama is elected president. While a new president lacks the power to interfere in an internal senate matter, Mr. Obama’s voice would carry weight with the senate leadership.
With the approach of the Republican parley in Minnesota in early September, the issue will ripen. Instead of speaking in favor of purging Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Obama could offer to reserve a decision on the matter until after the election. Then, if elected, he could urge Mr. Reid to keep Mr. Lieberman within the ranks.”