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Lieberman’s legacy: bridge builder or burner?


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/politics/article/liebermans_legacy_bridge_builder_or_burner_20110124

Joe Lieberman ascended to national prominence by building one bridge at a time. Then, having reached the pinnacle by becoming the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, he spent 10 years burning bridges. Ultimately, Lieberman’s most celebrated bridge -- between America’s non-Christian, non-establishment minorities and the highest office of the land -- will be his legacy, say both friends and critics. The U.S. senator from Connecticut, perhaps the nation’s best-known independent, announced last week that he would not be running for re-election in 2012. In an anxious, jokey appearance in Hartford -- he started by likening himself to daytime TV talk jockey Regis Philbin, who also had just announced his retirement -- Lieberman’s first serious reference was to his role as a history maker.

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