It is a fact that Lieberman votes with democrats 95% of the time, but the 5% of the time that the does not vote with his party is regarding national defense. He is adamantly against his party when it comes to defending this nation.
All one would have to do is watch any of the speeches by the democrats last week, where national defense, the war on terror, the Iraq war, and terrorism were mentioned mainly as afterthoughts.
Thus, according to democrats, domestic issues are more important that national defense.
Lieberman, like most Americans, disagrees with his fellow democrats that domestic issues are more important than national defense. And, he decided not only to support John Sidney McCain for president, he broke party lines to attend the RNC last night.
"What is a democrat like me doing at a republican convention like this," he said. "I support John McCain because country matters more than party. John McCain is the best person to bring the country together and move America forward. Republicans and democrats are important, but no where near as important as it is to be American."
This just goes to show how strong of a character Lieberman is.
McCain called Lieberman a few weeks ago and said, "My good friend, I know you are in big trouble with your party, but I really need your help."
Lieberman said, "Let me call you back."
Chances are, if democrats gain seats in the Senate, Lieberman might lose his chairmanship. He is only allowed to keep it now because his vote is the one that gives the democrats the majority.
It takes strong character to take that kind of political risk.
He looked right into the camera, and spoke directly to those listening from their homes:
"Tonight, I want to ask you, whether you are an independent, a Reagan Democrat, a Clinton Democrat, or just a plain old Democrat: This year, when you vote for president, vote for the person you believe is best for our country, not for the party you happen to belong to."
This was a very powerful moment