It describes the court ruling supreme in favor of Bush in the election as a "miscarriage of justice," however. A Gore-Lieberman administration is now one of the great historical hypotheses, an alternate timeline that could have shaped the 21st century very differently.
For example, Lieberman points out Outside, Bush oversaw a large and unnecessary tax cut that put America back into deficit territory after three consecutive surpluses under Bill Clinton. "I am convinced that President Gore would have felt responsible for going to Afghanistan, from where we were attacked [Sept. 11bre 2001], but would he have gone to Iraq? I doubt. That would have changed history a lot. "
" The other major change obviously would have been that Al Gore was the first American champion to have do something on climate change . We would have pushed through certain responses to climate change that would have put us in a better and safer situation now. ”
Criticized for his resistance to the withdrawal from Iraq, Lieberman lost a Democratic primary election for his seat in Connecticut in 2006, to win the election as than independent. Two years later, he again marched to the beat of his own drum by approving his lifehe friend McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, rather than Democratic Senator Obama, the leading African-American candidate from a major party.
He insists: " Surprisingly, neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton, whom I knew really well, ever asked for my support. McCain did and I thought It 's my friend, quite capable of being president, so I don't regret supporting him at all. "
" We had big areas of agreement on foreign and defense policy, but we disagreed a lot. I consider myself a center-left Democrat. He's a conservative Republican but a maverick, so he broke up on the climate change, he broke for a while on campaign finance reform. ”
It later emerged that McCain had wanted Lieberman as running mate, believing the country was ready for a two-party ticket, only to be persuaded by his staff to go with the inexperienced and horny Sarah Palin instead. Another crossroads in history. McCain later admitted that this was a mistake.
Lieberman, the almost man for the second time, co Comments: "If McCain could have had me as his running mate, I trust we would have done better than he did. did with Governor Palin. But it's hard to say we would have won. Obama was walking right up the mountain at the time and Bush 43 was unpopular and the economy was in bad shape, so people really wanted a change.
"And not only was Obama a chanparty, but he was African American. It was a defining moment for America. I think a lot of people who voted for him felt not only that he was change and capable, but that we were going to prove again who we are as a country. So it was an extraordinary moment. "
The close friendship between Lieberman, McCain, who died in 2018, and another senator, Graham from Caroline du South, saw them nickname " the three Amigos ". But where McCain clearly hated Trump, Graham defended the indefensible actions of the former president while enjoying his hospitality on the golf course. Does Lieberman ever call him and tell him to get out of there?
"Well, we talk a lot. Lindsey will always try, by her nature , to be where he feels he canbe effective and so you've seen him sometimes be quite close to Trump and sometimes be critical. We remain friends. I have nothing negative to say about him because he is my friend, but I think his great skill in the end - and I watched him while I was in the Senate - is to be a bridge builder, a two-party centrist problem solver.
"At the right time, he will, I hope, be part of that catering to the Republican Party he grew up in and where his dear friend - and mine, of course - John McCain was ultimately the nominee. This is the Republican Party that Lindsey fits most naturally. "
This is a party that can still be saved, insists Lieberman. "I don't think Trump is going to win in 2024 and Republicans unrelated to him will see him more and more and people will challenge him, including some who will go back to the conservative Republican husual, not to the party that was so extreme and mean and willing to ignore US law.
"I don't know who it will be. A lot of people are considering hiring him. It will take guts. Something is brewing. So, am I optimistic that the more traditional centrist elements of the Republican Party will take over? I am. "
For their part, Republicans condemned Biden for campaigning as a centrist but ruled as what they perceive to be a radical that pushed a $ 1.9 billion coronavirus relief bill, a $ 1.2 billion infrastructure deal, and a $ 1.75 billion social and climate spending program.
Lieberman, who worked with him in the Senate for 24 years, said: "The team, the most left in the Democratic Party, seems to have an influence thatPushes him, at least in public perception, further to the left than I certainly thought and I'm convinced he is now.
"This is perhaps understandable because we have just gone through an unprecedented crisis because of the pandemic and he wanted to do everything to get us back on track. Thus, the bills he supported were more important than any that I have voted for or that he has voted for in the 24 years. But I think we saw him at his best on the bipartisan infrastructure reform bill that was just passed and signed. defied progresss by naming Jerome Powell for a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. He adds, “Biden is solid. He sees the world realistically and he knows he can't be Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson now in part becauseit doesn't have the big Democratic majorities that they had.
"And the country, thank goodness, is not where it was in the Depression, as severe as the pandemic was. Old Joe, who is the real Joe, will be dominant over the next three years of his presidency. "